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Who reads all that fine print?

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n00b · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 40

I just bought three CAMP Orbit lockers for trad anchors. Each one came with a 58-page tome of fine print, translated into a dozen or so languages. As I often do, I browsed the books and looked at the pretty pictures.

When I bought the Mammut Smart, I read the instructions carefully, since it was a new device and functioned differently than I'm accustomed. I look pretty closely at the papers for new cams too, unless they're a brand & size I already know. But for a locking carabiner? I guess the gate-open and gate-closed strength ratings, weight and gate size are important. But there's nothing else in there that I need to know or couldn't have guessed or intuited on my own.

Does anyone really read this stuff?

Cortney LeNeave · · Golden, Colorado · Joined May 2015 · Points: 5

I typically read all the instructions and warnings, etc. when i purchase anything for climbing. Like you said, if its my second .3 camalot, i probably wont read the paperwork.

I do this for two reasons. One, it tells me anything specific i need to know regarding what to do, or not to do with the product, washing, care, inspection, life cycle, etc.

second, it can also let you know some of the design intent behind the product. Think outerwear...

TylerPhillips · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 1,590

Like a good friend of mine who illustrates for a reputable climbing company says, "my work can be found in landfills around the world"


Tea · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 215

Just remember kiddies…..if you're a dumb ass know-it-all and you wreck yourself somehow (cause you didn't read the instructions), and there is a clear and concise illustration showing not to do, what you in fact, did…….your lawsuit against the manufacturer gets you…..say it with me now…..NOTHING.

Isn't litigation fun?

Read your gear instructions.

Point being…things change, you don't know everything, take the time to read instructions.

Happy and Safe climbing, ya'll!
Alexander Stathis · · Athens, GA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 106

I'm usually so damn excited to use whatever gear I just bought that I read all that stuff.

Kevin Beadle · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 0

I always read it even on purchasing identical gear if its been over a year or so. Sometimes it's a waste of a few minutes but I have always been a "read the terms and agreements kind of guy". Apple products make me pull my hair out

Greg D · · Here · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 871

The real question is why do you need three lockers?…

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I think one will do.

JK- Branin · · Southern New Hampshire · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 58

I've read every (English) word that came with every piece of climing gear I own. Of course I'm also the kind of person that has read every bottle of everything in my shower, every cereal box in my cupboard, and very word of all my insurance policies. But I've never read the "terms and conditions" for any website that were longer than a couple paragraphs...

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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