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Hi,


What size is typically used, 1/4" or 3/8"?

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3/8" or 1/2". Depending on the application (long term, heavy use as opposed to bail) think about stainless steel.

Edit: I mean 5/16" or 3/8".


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Depends on the application. 1/4" may be ok for a single bail off (I prefer an old biner with gate taped shut) For a fixed anchor that others will use I install 3/8ths.


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7mm and 10mm links are offered by petzl, probably similar sizes by other companies as well.

Perhaps a better question is; would you purchase one which was not rated (to imply individual 3-sigma testing) in kN?

Why?


Screw the quick-link unless you're installing anchors. Use a(n) (pair of) oval(s) as a bail-point. These may be easily removed by subsequent parties, so they will not become an eye-sore as a quick-link may when the gate is impossible to open.


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What size you need depends on the intended use. If you are looking for something you can use to bail out on, then 1/4" is fine. If you are looking to set up a long term anchor in a public climbing area, then i woulf recommend at least 2 3/8", used in pairs, although, 1/2" is far more preferable.


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Use the ones stamped with "Mallion Rapide" on the side, not the ones stamped "China". The
Mallion Rapide stamped quick-links are better quality and the hex shaped locking mechanism (gate) has smooth, chamfered edges, which are easier on the hands, rope and allow more room for carabiners.

I personnaly would never use 1/4". Use a 3/8" or larger as a minimum. Stainless is another thought as mentioned previously. I beleive the Petzl versions are too small to use as a comparrison to something you'd buy at the hardware store. A few of the Petzl versions I have seen were aluminum, intended more for caving applications. Be sure to get the steel version for rock climbing applications.

Best of luck!


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