Minor defect on the stitching - dangerous?


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MikeMills · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

Recently I purchased a 18 mm nylon runner 120cm

The problem I have is with the stitching connecting two ends of the loop. In four of them the end of the thread is captured by a little loop. One them however (the first one) has a loose end and an empty loop (please see the photo attached). I am worried that the thread may come undone. Is this just a minor defect with no real danger associated or something to worry about. Thank you.

Bad
Good stitch.

Allen Sanderson · · Oootah · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,115

It is fine. It is the end of the last stitch.

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,040

highly dangerous. Please PM me for the address to send them to for proper disposal.

Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 12,867

Mike...why don't you contact the manufacturer and ask their EXPERT opinion??

Robert Daniel. · · Denver, Colorado · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 10

I've never been failed by the "if it's only probably ok, then ditch it.." method. But. That is definitely ok so it doesn't apply.

Marc Reich · · Boulder, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 0

Definitely ok. If you're worried about the thread coming loose (it won't) quickly touch a flame to it to melt it down.

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 1,865

At the risk of being snarky, this question has raised gear paranoia to whole 'nuther level.

MikeMills · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0
Gunkiemike wrote:At the risk of being snarky, this question has raised gear paranoia to whole 'nuther level.
Well you know what, call me paranoid, don't really care, it's my equipment, and my life on the line if it fails.

Anyway, to the rest of you guys, thanks for letting me know that it's safe. Appreciated.
MikeMills · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0
Benjamin Chapman wrote:Mike...why don't you contact the manufacturer and ask their EXPERT opinion??
Ben, I am a really socially dumb person, so I don't know whether you are being ironic, or claiming that the manufacturer doesn't know crap about their equipment. Please explain.
eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 136

I tend to be less on the side of caution with stuff like this but it just doesn't sit right with me. I'd ask the manufacturer. If anything is wrong with it they'll send you a new one

Locker · · Yucca Valley, CA · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 1,640

It's plenty safe and like someone else posted, if it bothers you that much, hit it with a quick flame from a lighter and presto change-O, no more loose thread.

But what is even more important is that you triple check all your gear for "Micro fractures".

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 0
MikeMills wrote:The problem I have is with the stitching connecting two ends of the loop. In four of them the end of the thread is captured by a little loop. One them however (the first one) has a loose end and an empty loop (please see the photo attached). I am worried that the thread may come undone. Is this just a minor defect with no real danger associated or something to worry about. Thank you.
It's not a defect at all - that's normal manufacturing process. Your slings will eventually become far more nicked and fuzzy from use.
Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 12,867

Mike....why don't you call the manufacturer? They have the knowledge, the liability exposure, and the experts to answer your question. Why wouldn't you call the experts that make and test the gear instead of soliciting opinions on the web? No agenda, no sarcasm, no irony, just a straight honest response. If where's really an issue with the nylon runner/dogbone I'm sure the company would appreciate knowing about it. If it was your car wouldn't you call the dealer/manufacturer??

MikeMills · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

I contacted the manufacturer. When I get the answer I'll let you guys know what they said.

Locker · · Yucca Valley, CA · Joined Oct 2002 · Points: 1,640
"I'll let you guys know what they said."

My GUESS.

For liability reasons they will tell you to retire it immediately. If pressed, they might admit to it not being that big of a deal, but will fall right back to = "RETIRE IT IMMEDIATELY!"

Again, just a guess and I look forward to seeing the actual answer.
MikeMills · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2016 · Points: 0

So. Quick update. I sent it in for an inspection. They said it's fine, but will exchange it anyway. Haven't received the replacement yet. Very impressed with BD customer service, great contact, polite, very helpful, super fast response. Great company.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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