As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
There are a huge variety of slings available which can be confusing to compare. We have compiled a table of all the slings we have available to enable easy comparison for you as well as some tips to consider when choosing a sling. Obviously this doesn't take all factors into account but hopefully it will help you choose.
There are two main types of sling material, Nylon (Polymide) or Dyneema (Spectra, dynex) with some Hybrids of Dyneema and Nylon emerging recently. All these materials have their own advantages and disadvantages which should be considered.
Both nylon and dyneema materials have advantages. One thing to note is that if you are using slings of either type in an anchor set up is that they are both (especially dyneema) static lengths so if you sustain any type of fall onto them they will impart a large load onto yourself and the anchor (unlike climbing ropes which stretch and reduce the load to a maximum of 8kN). If you are using slings in your anchor set up then make sure there is no slack in the system.
Some of the slings in stock in our store.
What do you need it for?
What you plan to use your sling for will have a big influence on the sling you choose. If your after saving weight and bulk then dyneema is the way to go. If your looking for slings for anchor set ups or in situations where you might knot the sling then Nylon could work better. Dyneema can be difficult to untie once a knot has been loaded.
The minimum strength the slings are rated to is 22kN. The vast majority of them are built to this standard. There are lots of slings that are stonger than this. The one we have readily in stock is the Blue Water Climb Spec slings which are rated at 32kN. We can get slings with 50kN ratings as well. Generally speaking the higher the load rating the wider and heavier the sling will be.
Keep in mind lighter slings will not necessarily have the same durability of heavier ones.
The most common and useful length slings are 60cm and 120cm slings. a 60cm dyneema sling can be excellent for extending a runner on route. We have sewn slings available from 25cm to 200cm (or longer on request) so should have a sling for all purposes.
We have broken the slings into material type and then sorted by weight
|Black Diamond||Nylon Sling||Sewn||Nylon||30cm||18mm||18g||22kN|
|Black Diamond||Nylon Sling||Sewn||Nylon||60cm||18mm||36g||22kN|
|Blue Water||Climb Spec||Tube||Nylon||60cm||25mm||55g||32kN|
|Black Diamond||Nylon Sling||Sewn||Nylon||120cm||18mm||72g||22kN|
|Blue Water||Climb Spec||Tube||Nylon||120cm||25mm||105g||32kN|