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Re: [TowerTalk] Fall Harness-My Choice

To: David Gilbert <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fall Harness-My Choice
From: George <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 15:37:53 -0400
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I used to have a longer set of cowtails, but I replaced them with the 
DBI Sala Model 1244409 Y-lanyard. It's one of the ones that shrinks in 
length when there is no pull on it, down to about 3 or 3-1/2 feet. The 
shock pack is somehow integrated into that stretchiness, as the labels 
state max extension in a fall is 6 feet. It tends not to get tangled 
while climbing, and it has really nice, large, one-hand-operation 
aluminum hooks.


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David Gilbert wrote:
> In my case, longer lanyards would generally cost me time rather than 
> save it.  In theory, they would allow me to climb more steps before I 
> had to reposition them, but in practice they are more likely to get 
> tangled in the climbing steps.  There is almost always a moderate breeze 
> here at my QTH and my experience even with my shorter lanyards is that 
> the windward lanyard is always looping across a step.  Reaching as high 
> as I can to take out the slack minimizes that tendency, but my arms are 
> somewhat shorter than 6 feet.  ;)
> 73,
> Dave   AB7E
> On 8/20/2010 10:38 AM, Dick Green WC1M wrote:
>> In thinking it through, I think the downside to shorter lanyards is that you
>> have you clip/unclip more often. With my Petzl industrial Y-lanyard with
>> fall arrest, the 6¹ lanyards allow me to climb three rungs before
>> clipping/unclipping. Shorter lanyard would only allow one or two steps,
>> right?
>> 73, Dick WC1M
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