We get stories from customers on their unique uses for our gear. We love these! Here's a recent one. Although we don't design the gear for this type of use, it does lend credence to a phrase we use all the time to demonstrate the overbuild we all love with climbing gear, "this stuff is built to hold cars, man." Literally we find out from one of our customers who was nice enough to share his story with us.
In an email received from a customer:
So I have a story that involved your climbing gear. My family has a cabin near Leavenworth, Washington. I like to drive my Subaru Impreza places it shouldn't go – like snowmobile trails. Today I got stuck and high centered in a snow bank. Four guys worked on digging it out for an hour. After that failed, we drove to my cabin and got some fishing rope (like they use to secure crab pots in AK) and a chain. We attached the chain to my trailer hitch, the rope to the chain, and the other end of the rope to a four wheel drive truck with chains. I then used the orange biner from the Orbit quickdraw to attach the rope to the four wheel drive truck. So it was integral to the tow system, bearing the full load, probably in excess of 4,000-5,000 pounds but probably much more than that. We pulled my car probably 300 feet backwards out of deep snow, and into and out of a ditch. The biner held up great. It did get slightly elongated so the gate doesn't close (I won't be using it anymore – don't worry!). Just thought I'd share. Everyone was impressed that the biner held that massive load with little damage. Thanks guys.