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Lanyard style PAS are made from dynamic materials and are designed to connect a climber to an anchor or belay station. They have sewn loops at each end, one larger to connect to a climber's harness and one smaller for a carabiner.
Chain style PAS are typically made of interlocking sewn links of webbing with one longer loop that girth-hitches to the harness via the belay loop or tie-in points. Chains may also have a special dog bone sewn at the end designed to accept a carabiner.
Some lanyards are made with two anchor points. This helps a climber to have a shorter or longer option for anchoring themselves to a belay station when cleaning or belaying but is also handy when setting up an extended rappel or when you want additional redundancy when attaching to an anchor.
Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene is most generically known in climbing by the brand Dyneema, though it has many other brand names. Its unique chemical structure gives it extremely high tensile strength, making it stronger, lighter, and more flexible than steel. Unlike other soft materials climbers use, UHMWPE does not stretch, which means it cannot absorb force like nylon or polyester can. Because of this Static nature, climbers should take care when using Dyneema to connect themselves to anchors or gear that could fail if they are shocked with a sudden force.
Nylon is a generic name for a wide array of synthetic materials used to make soft goods in climbing gear. Depending on the chemical makeup, nylons and polyamides have a lot of great properties that make them ideal for slings and anchor materials including high heat tolerance and the ability to stretch dynamically. This stretchiness makes nylons a great choice for building anchors and for connecting climbers to them because it can help absorb and reduce fall forces on the anchor. Climbing rope, slings, cords, harnesses, and quickdraws all have some form of Nylon incorporated in them.
Dynamic materials are made to have the ability to stretch and absorb forces when we apply weight to them. In personal anchors, dynamic materials are often chosen for situations where there is a higher likelihood of falling and weighting the anchor directly, or where the condition, quality, or opportunity of a solid anchor is low. A stretchy anchor or connecting yourself to an anchor with stretchy material lowers the forces that might be felt by that anchor should you fall and weight it. Dynamic materials in climbing are often in the families of various forms of nylons and polyamides.
Static materials in climbing refers to anything that has no (or very little) ability to stretch. Personal anchors made from static materials have little or no ability to absorb forces in a fall and can transfer 100% of forces felt to the anchor. A static personal anchor is ideal when the protection is sure and solid (such as well placed bolts) and there is no possibility of climbing above an anchor and creating a potential fall onto it. Most materials used in static personal anchors are some form of UHMWPE (aka Dyneema).
This refers to the number of loops (or links) in a chain style personal anchor. Typically, the more links a PAS has, the longer and more versatile it is. More links also means more bulk and weight. Some brands sew the connector end of a PAS to include a dogbone-like loop for holding a carabiner; this is also counted as a loop. WeighMyRack does not count the harness attachment loop here..
Some Lanyards have built in buckles or attachment points that allow for adjusting their length. These adjusters do not affect the strength of the lanyard and are useful for finding a comfortable position at a belay or when you need to create space for another climber to pass.
This designation signifies that the manufacturer is committed to tracking and reducing the impact of textiles in their gear on the planet. As a third party Bluesign tracks its partners products from material sourcing through manufacturing, packaging, shipping, and distribution. A piece of gear that is considered a Bluesign® product must contain at least 90% Bluesign approved materials and be made by a Bluesign system partner.
Some brands have begun including a specific carabiner with their PAS. This is usually because it is designed to orient in a certain way in tighter terminated loop at the end of the device. Some brands make this dogbone-like loop and do no provide a carabiner, this filter designates which brands actually include them.
When soft goods like slings are passed around an object and back through themselves, (known as a girth hitch or a lark's foot hitch) their strength is reduced by around half. This form of attachment has long been used to attach climbers to anchors, but has been a point of discussion regarding its safety and potential risks due to materials rubbing on themselves and cutting or wearing through. Some companies have decided to combat this by designing a form of attachment loop that includes an extra loop on the harness end for a girth hitch to pass through which keeps the end from being able to cinch down. Essentially this creates two girth hitches, which doubles the amount of strength in the system (which was cut by half before) making it a 'full strength' way to attach to an anchor.
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