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By SeanG81
Jun 17, 2012
Triassic

I just picked up some older style bd camalots on clist. How can I tell what year they were made? The webbing looks really good...is there an age limit where you would have them re-slung?

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By Keenan Waeschle
From Bozeman, MT
Jun 17, 2012
on top of the RNWF <br />June 2012

you are going to die for sure.


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By flynn
Jun 17, 2012

And we're not all going to die anyway? :)

Since it's so hard to tell exactly what's gone on with used gear, err on the side of caution and get the webbing replaced. Age limits depend on who you talk to, but simple dirt coupled with UV exposure (like when you're climbing outside) degrade nylon. Think of it as cheap life insurance.

BD used to mark their stuff with a date of manufacture; "0218", for example, meant the 218th day of 2010. I haven't bought anything in quite awhile, so don't know if they still do. Bet their website, or somebody you trust in a gear shop, can tell you.


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By Auto-X Fil
From NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
Jun 17, 2012

The U-cable style, or the ones that look a lot like C4s, but with a metal ring instead of a thumb loop?

The Cable style have some nasty failure modes in the axle area. They need to be inspected and treated very carefully.

The previous-gen Camalots are bomber. If the webbing isn't sun-faded at all, or frayed (i.e., they appear to have sat in a closet), they are probably just fine. It's mostly sun and abrasion that kills nylon webbing. If it feels soft and supple and generally like-new... I'd climb on it.

BUT, it's not that expensive to get them re-slung, and it would buy peace of mind, and let you start the clock on that new webbing expiring. Might as well get a quote and see how you feel about it.


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By SeanG81
Jun 17, 2012
Triassic

flynn wrote:
BD used to mark their stuff with a date of manufacture; "0218", for example, meant the 218th day of 2010.


They are single stem w/o thumb loop. The code is "0639".


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By rogerbenton
Jun 17, 2012
Whoever this guy is, he's just plain irresponsible.

pretty sure the date code is year first, then number of days into the year.

so your cam would be from 2006.

when everyone yelled at me for tying a sling to an old cam i got quotes from wired bliss, yates and someone else for reslinging.

wired bliss talked to me for a while and they have a huge inventory of nylon, spectra, blends, colors, etc and their turnaround was quick.

overall though the price difference was negligible so whoever is nearest you to save on shipping may be the ticket.

+1 on what auto-x said though, if the slings look really good and don't show any signs of use (crisp color, not fuzzy) you may be good.

I bought an older .75 camalot (same age as yours) and it literally looks brand new, unused. i trust it.

take that for what it's worth...


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By Federico
Oct 1, 2012

did we get a consensus on this? i just bought one that had a code 0157.... so this would mean 157 days into 2010 or 57 days into 2001? i just know that many cam re-slingers do not take cams over 10 years old so i do not want to send it in vain... The sling looks ok but just to be safe..... if it does turn out to be too old, what are my options? I'm too sketched out to try a waterknot like that alien rogerbenton slung... but that is just because i'm a noob.... would basket hitching a sling to the cam work fine? It's the older model single stem bd camalot without the thumb loop. thanks for any help :D


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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Oct 1, 2012

Couldn't you just call Black Diamond and get a definitive answer from them for the date of manufacture?


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By AKM1878
Oct 3, 2012

SeanG81 wrote:
They are single stem w/o thumb loop. The code is "0639".



flynn wrote:
BD used to mark their stuff with a date of manufacture; "0218", for example, meant the 218th day of 2010.


Flynn is correct on how BD currently date codes parts.

0639 does not follow that trend though... please look again an make sure that the number is not something else and just worn a bit to look like 06... they could have changed it at some point?

BD will resling any of their cams IF they are in good condition even the old U stem ones. If you call warranty they should be able to give you an idea of turn around time. It's not that expensive and it would be worth just having it done if for nothing other than piece of mind.

www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/journal/climb//qc-labres>>>


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