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> I was at smith this last weekend and I was belaying my friend on Toxic.
> Fortunatly he flashed the route because when I was lowering him off and
> he was 5 feet off the deck my DMM Wales biner broke. Fortunatly my
> friend landed on his feet and was OK. The biner is only 1 month old and
> has see only 2 smith trips and I do not use the bener at the gym.
name and serial #? What was the mode of failure (where and how did it
break)? Have you talked to Excalibur (US importer) or the store yet?
Were you using it properly? Doesn't sound like it since even with the gate
open (it was a locker I hope) any biner is far stronger than the forces
involved with lowering. Without more details, this may well be a case of