Hang gliding and paragliding carabiner with conventional twist lock
Working load limit (air sports): 115 DaN* per carabiner
Drop-forged from Titanal, 76 g
Breaking load: 3 000 DaN
Breaking load, open gate: 2 000 DaN
Load without permanent deformation, open gate: 1 600 DaN
Inside height: 60 mm
Suitable for belt widths 25-30 mm, tucked in up to 45 mm
* 1 daN (Dekanewton) = 10 N (newton) ≈ 1 kg
5 years replacement interval for PG mono use and 2 years replacement interval for HG and PG tandem use with unimited flight hours.
In a dynamic fatigue test with open gate, the Snaplock withstood 5.000.000 load cycles at 115 daN as well as 2.000 load cycles at 240 daN.
Lightweight and safe:
Snaplock carabiners are drop-forged instead of bent which results in increased material strength. The material of bent carabiners, in contrast, is weakened by inner tensions in the bended areas.
With an open gate breaking load of 1.600 daN, the Snaplock can bear approx. four times more load than conventional paragliding carabiners. Snaplock carabiners weigh a mere 76 g and thus save approx. 150 g of weight compared with steel carabiners.
* 1 daN (Dekanewton) = 10 N (newton) ≈ 1 kg
snaplock-naseThe Snaplock's conventional twist lock is easy to operate as the locking sleeve does not need to be pushed down to open the gate. The carabiner is self-locking after releasing the sleeve.
As the counterpart of the snapper is closed, the risers cannot get caught whilst hooking in and out.
The Snaplock is suitable for band widths of 25-30 mm and narrower, but also accomodates the previously common 44 mm webbings if they are tucked in (see assembly instructions for 44 mm wide webbings).
Thanks to its distinctive "nose", the Snaplock can be attached to the harness in such a way that a sidewise turning is reliably prevented. Moreover, harness manufacturers have the possibility to use the nose for back strap attachment. Back support can thus be significantly improved.
More information on the fatigue endurance of air sports carabiners...
Paragliding carabiners are subject to permanent load changes during flight. Measurements by the DHV show that they can amount to between 10 and 110 kg and more, depending on pilot weight, pilot flight behavior and thermals, and that they can occur up to 26 times per second. Given the carabiners' high breaking load (at least 1.500 kg), such load changes should generally be unproblematic. However, conventional carabiners exhibit a construction-related peculiarity: their play in the gate. This play is necessary for the snap hook to open and close frictionless. However, the snap hook is force-locked only at weights of 30-120 kg (depending on the amount of play in the gate). As a result the pilot flies as if the carabiner lock was open within the range of the play in the gate. Since the carabiner construction - as practice and dynamic fatigue tests show - is not designed for such load cases, already the relatively low operating load during normal flight operations can lead to breakages due to material fatigue. As the play in the gate cannot be reliably limited and as it is difficult to control, we have constructed the Snaplock in such a way that it is fatigue endurable also within the range of the play in the gate. Please note: Not all carabiners are tested for fatigue endurance. Special caution is required when the carabiner manufacturer does not give information about the replacement interval.
Steel is good ?
The fatigue endurance of carabiners is not a question of material but a question of design! In dynamic fatigue tests, some aluminum carabiners exhibited substantially higher fatigue endurance levels than steel carabiners. Although stainless steel is generally more fatigue endurable, harder and more resistant to corrosion, the difference in strength can easily be outweighed by a larger width of the aluminum component. Due to the better strength-to-weight ratio, high-quality aluminum alloys are the standard in aircraft construction.
karbruchThe crack in the steel carabiner on the left occurred after 1.739.700 load changes between 5 and 50 daN. The steel carabiner on the right broke after 287.000 load changes between 7 and 70 daN. For comparison: Titanal Pin Lock carabiners withstood 5.000.000 load changes between 40 and 400 daN without failure.
* 1 DaN (Dekanewton) = 10 N (Newton) ≈ 1 kg
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The Kortel drag chute has a projected area of 1.6m² and a diameter of approximately 145cm.
It is the largest drag-chute available on the market today, for greater efficiency in rapid descent manoeuvres.
But above all, it has two power positions, allowing it to manage several planes of finesse in a straight line, in order to manage the proximity of an aerial surface or the ceiling while continuing to run.
An exclusive hollow swivel limits the effects of rotation and maintains good sink and recovery characteristics, even after prolonged use.
With a weight of 470g, it has been specially developed for the Kanibal race 2 with its central attachment.
This attachment improves the feel when the drag chute is deployed, stabilizing the harness in yaw and avoiding the jerks generated by a link attachment.
As an indication, at 4G, we reached 12m/s drop rate without the drag-chute, and 20m/s with the drag chute deployed. It therefore allows a significant gain without having to withstand more G's.
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Projected surface area: 1.6m².
Ultra-light flexible connector (10g per pair), it is ideal for all types of links that do not need to be handled regularly.
With a breaking load of over 2200daN, it can be used on many types of connections, whose support straps are less than 25mm.
RESTRICTION: Do not use on the tandem spreader link, or on any link related to the tandem reserve parachute.
Due to its size (ø 32 cm, length 125 cm) is visible from great distance and due to the colours (blue at the front, red at the back side) no danger of confusion of the wind direction.
Material: Robust and light Nylon Ripstop.
Please note: The windsock is delivered without tubing. Please do not forget to order the corresponding TUBING and an EARTH STAKE!
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All the advantages of the flexible connector (solidity, lightness, multi-axial work, longevity), integrating the brand new "Konnect " quick connection for 10g per unit.
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Finsterwalder UNILOCK paragliding carabiner (pair)
Ultralight, universal paragliding carabiner
With a weight of only 45 g and a breaking load of more than 25 kN, the UNILOCK is currently the lightest and at the same time most loadable paragliding carabiners on the market.
In the fatigue test, it endured 2.000 load cycles with an upper load of 252 DaN and subsequently 5 min. load cycles with an upper load of 115,4 DaN. The UNILOCK thus achieves a fatigue strength of 5 years in mono use.
Overview of the Finsterwalder UNILOCK's most important features:
- The snap gate turned by 45° facilitates the attachment to the harness.
- The design in the shape of a “3” with a high stability against twisting.
- The UNILOCK is suitable for both narrow and wide webbing.
- The lower belt chamber has an extra support surface for the hip belt, which slightly raises its position. This has a positive effect on the comfort of the harness.
- Red/green marking simplifies orientation when attaching the risers.
- Gate play individually tested.
Breaking load: 2.500 DaN
Weight: 45 g
Replacement interval: 5 years (mono)
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bridle of the small drag chute. This pocket is at the bottom behind the seat; it is easy for the pilot to find as it is located just above the air inlets
on the side of the harness.
To properly use the drag parachute, simply open the zipper on the right or left (depending on which side you intend
to spiral), extract it, and deploy it before initiating the spiral.
The advantages of using it are a higher sink rate and up to a 40% reduction in G-Force.
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Otherwise, once exiting the spiral, you need to disable it and then put it back in its pocket and close the pocket zipper. At this point it is
ready to be used again.
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