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Quick links?

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Does anyone have any beta for where to buy cheap quick links? I see stainless quick links at the hardware store for $2, this compares to the quick links sold at the climbing shops that go for $9. The obvious question, are the quick links from the hardware store safe enough to use for raps? These would be used for descents, not for fixing permanent anchors at the crag.


Any thoughts?




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I use the hardware store version for rappels all the time. It's de rigueur on the east coast.


I'm also paranoid, so I buy batches from two different stores, then use one of each per anchor. That's so close to 100% safe that it's ludicrous.


Really, just one beefy link per station is plenty, and failing to mix and match is fine too. Rappels don't put much force on the gear, and those links are very strong and reliable, and more importantly - easy to inspect.

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