/ Kong climbing gear?
A metal fatigue specialist I sent the Gear4Rocks picture to commented that they could already be metal fatigue cracks in the cams.
A defect or notch in something metal can be a 'crack innitiation point', if they're not cracks from metal fatigue already happening, they certainly could/will be, given enough use of the camming device.
Even if the camming device didn't come with cracks already in the lobes, which is to be hoped, cracks like those in the picture shouldn't appear in cam lobes.
That cam does look seriously worrying!
They always competed against Camp, Cassin and now Climbing Technology: all these factories are in 10 miles range.
And they make the (in)famous Gipsy! If you are around Milan you can buy their stuff in the factory at good prices.
Kong Bonaiti is one of the oldest climbing gear manufacturers in the world, plenty of us have old Bonaiti karabiners still on our racks. The Kong side became prominent in the marine industry whereas the Bonaiti brand has fallen by the wayside somewhat. I´ve some Kong gear, as mentioned they have a bigger market share in Europe. If I remember correctly they are the largest karabiner manufacturer in the world as they produce for other companies as well.
I think I still have a couple. They were the budget alternative to Clog when I was an impecunious student in the 80s.
Absolutely, and Kong and wild Country and Camp...
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