No rating on stoppers?


Original Post
Neil Bodner · · Columbus, Ohio · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 10

I'm am fairly new to trad climbing/gear and I recently acquired a set of used Kong stoppers. The only markings on them is "Kong", "Italy" and their size. I was under the impression that all trad gear should have load ratings on them. Am I wrong about this? I'm just curious if they are safe to use. The wires look like they are in great shape.

Kong stopper

Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 615

I'd use them without thinking twice about it.

Neil Bodner · · Columbus, Ohio · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 10

I should have added that I've used and weighted but haven't fallen on them. I just recently noticed no rating

C. Williams · · the Climber Cave · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 954

Looks good, I'd have no issues falling on that. Its only been in the last 10-15 years that ratings on passive pro have been common and that stopper looks a bit older. Not a big deal as long as it isn't damaged.

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

Highly dangerous. Please PM for address for proper disposal.

Erik Keever · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 245

Assuming the manufacturing process hasn't changed, the Hilariously Long Datasheet that comes with every metal climbing goodie says that the Kong #10 is will hold 16kN either direction:

http://www.kong.it/media/Component/CatalogProduct/p149-set-chocks/attachments/I_KONG_CHOCKS.pdf

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

btw, the kong stoppers, as most nuts, have the ratings on the other end of the gear, biner end. Not unknown for them to wear/fall off. I wouldn't worry too much. Weighting them is a different world than falling on them. If you are really concerned, you might set up a toprope protected aid line, and bounce test the holy sh*t out of them.

Neil Bodner · · Columbus, Ohio · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 10

Muscrat i didn't think about testing them like that before, may give that a try. They are pretty old but we're hardly used at all. I'm assuming from other responses that they were produced before they started putting ratings on them

NorCalNomad · · San Francisco · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 55

#causeitalian

apoet · · AZ · Joined Oct 2015 · Points: 183

Y.G.D.

AndrewArroz · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0

assuming visual inspection passes, and it sounds like it did, those wires are more than strong enough to hold your car, much less just you falling. The rock will break first.

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

^^This^^

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