/ Reverso 3 & 8.5mm ropes (autoblock slipping)
Anyone else found this? Might be operator error, but I can't see how.
It meant that it didn't lock off, and would creep slowly through without ever locking up.
Can't say I've tried it with that diameter rope but I've had it working fine with a 9.1mm & 9.2mm rope.
I know that doesn't really help answer your question but I thought I'd point it out.
I'ved used it with 8.5mm 1/2 ropes regularly and never had any slippage.
I'd check for wear, and also think about the diameter of the carabiner being used to create the friction - could be it needs to be wider diameter, or a rounder shape rather than I/T bar type maybe.
Also make sure nothing could have been levering the device (ground, cliff face etc) and partially releasing the grip that way.
What kind of nick are the ropes in? If they're old and shiny, or new and slick that could be the problem as 8.5mm is right at the low end of the diameters the R3 is rated for.
It does squeeze the brake rope out of the groove a bit, but not enough to stop it working.
I was using a fat, round, zero-g hms (the largest carabiner I have) and the Reverso is new. Ropes are in good condition, they are a bit slick (dry treatment on them). It was hanging out in the open, from a large tree branch. I'm sure I was doing everything right in terms of set-up but will try it with a different carabiner.
For abseiling and belaying normally it works really well on the skinny ropes, and for ascending the rope it works well also. It was just this squeezing out of the v grooves in autoblocking mode that was concerning. Saying that, my second is kind of weighty ;P
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