Watching this one with interest. Great bit of kit but I still have my krabs handy if I need to swap them.
Judging by their popularity it must be a one off, some gone a bit amiss during the manufacturing process.
Wow!!!!!!!!! After reading all of these comments I am still going to order me several pairs of the DC's anyway. I am not the lightest person by any means and I still want to use them for ease of set up on my suspensions. I know that they are not made out of "Unobtainium" (?!X chemical symbol) but they are a great product. This is the first reported failure that I have read and I try to read the posts on this site everyday. I look forward to using this product and know that if it does fail then I will be taken care of by the inventor and manufacturer. They both stand behind the product and are will to work with the purchaser, that is better than most seller do!!!
To the poster who had the "welded" cinch buckle failure.............the weld is always stronger than the area of metal around it. This area has been fatigued.
Par Si Vis Pace Para Bellum
"We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." - Ben Franklin
Due to the dynamics and physics involved, it most assuredly is not as simple as "I weigh x and the line/hardware is rated to x-plus-y, so I'm okay."
Nevertheless, all life is a matter of balance and of taking risks and (as was pointed out) compromises. It's just good (IMHO) to take informed risks based on educated judgments. Many threads on HF discuss the issues of effective hammock rigging forces, with charts and formulas and drawings and with simple, "common sense" explanations.
Thank goodness there was no injury this time, but this is a reason I never hang over rocks, big roots, and the like. Unexpected failures are to be expected. Be cautious (or not) when you start compromising your safety. HYOH.
"You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims." --Harriet Woods
I've had decending rings, tri-rings, line, and webbing fail on me. When trying to go lightweight, things are bound to fail along the way. I haven't abandoned faith in rings, line, or webbing just because I had a few bad experiences.
I was told once that I became a true hanger after I landed on my butt for the first time. Taking a spill from a hammock for whatever reason is just part of the experience IMO. When nobody is hurt in the process, it's just all that much better. Seriously, who wants to sit around a campfire and listen to your camp buddies telling stories of the night they slept like a log in their hammock? In that spirit, welcome to true hanger status dant8ro!
Wouldn't using two Dutch clips, each oriented opposite the other, negate the gateless design and greatly increase overall breaking strength?
OK I know I am new to this form,BUT if you get an item at a store and it doesn't work or breaks right away don't you just take it back and get another one? As was said before thank god no one got hurt, so lets brush off the embarrassment and get some new ones and be done with this . I'm sure Dutch will take care of everything. Nothing is 100% perfect and foolproof.
I'm not concerned. Gear can fail for a number of reasons.
I'll start to worry if I read about other failures.