I have an old sling, made by troll I think, that is made of ludicrously over specified nylon webbing and claims to be good for 30kn.
It's getting a bit long in the tooth so I'm vaguely considering retiring it, and was wondering if anyone still makes something similar. Because every rack needs at least 1 piece of kit that falls into the category of "absurd overkill"
BTW the main thing I like about it isn't the strength, but the fact that it is a lot wider than the rest of my slings so I can spread the load over a greater area than with a normal nylon sling and loads more than a skinny dyneema one.
Mostly it's not a concern but sometimes it can be very handy. For peace of mind anyway.
In reply to deepsoup: Already got one ;) I was mainly thinking size 5 on a mountain route which I know mr Benyon is partial to. I did once take a size 4.5 camalot on a winter ascent of tower ridge, and managed to use it as the only piece of pro on a pitch. When you need them, nothing else will do. Other than a chockstone dropped from the top...
> Talking of silly crack shenanigans I got a kong gipsy placed for the first time on saturday. It was completely gratuitous and there was no need for it which is fortunate really - it fell out
Ha ha. I have a couple of Big Bros and that's exactly my experience of those. The one time I almost thought I was about to test one, it randomly made a a really scary "ba-doing!" noise as the spring inside shifted or sommat and I suddenly discovered I could wedge myself a bit deeper into the crack after all. ;O)
In reply to deepsoup: Gah big bro's are ok - they just take a bit of getting used to... admittedly not as convenient as a large cam, but they do ok... plus they make for a great enema kit when your mate is getting on your nerves.
In reply to deepsoup: not necessarily. If it's not that parallel sided what you want is a domed section of rock, and stick the dome in the middle of the tube. Might be a bit wobbly but it wont come out in a hurry...