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    Ring Question

    So, what is better about the aluminum rings you guys have over the steel ones at Lowe's?

    Is it a weight thing?

    I can get the steel rings for 78cents a piece and they have a working load of 200lbs. If there are two on each side then that would be a working load of 400 right?

    I know I may have to file down the bur, but that doesn't seem like a big deal.

    Is there something I'm missing here?

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    Dont use rings myself...but... as a.guess I would say aluminum climbing rings are much lighter than steel. Also have a rated strength much higher...1000lb maybe.

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    The aluminum rings are lighter but are also climbing rated in most cases.
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    I don't believe they're solid either. I wouldn't trust the seam to hold.
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    Steel rings have been known to break at the weld when used in our applications. All steel rings are not created equally so you're never sure what you have. Many people have used them successfully. Use them if you like, but as with all equipment, inspect them often (and don't hang any higher than you want to fall).

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    Sometimes one is forced into a "less than prime" hanging angle situation. You don't always have two perfect trees 15 feet apart.

    Even if you weigh 100lbs, you could be subjecting your suspension to over 500lbs of force (the stress is per side not split between, meaning that if your rings are rated to 200lbs that means 200lbs not 400lbs).

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    Ok. I'll have to think on this one then.
    Probably just go with MSH for now.

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    The aluminum rings are also thicker so they don't kink your strap/rope as much.
    Less wear and tear.

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    Good descender rings are a continuous loop. Rings from the hardware store are welded and will come apart and dump you sooner or later...
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    Thanks for the chart, Tendertoe. It may have been on here before but I've missed it. Very helpful.

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