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Old 07-01-2013   #1
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Replacment Ring for Rescue PFD

Got a little loose this weekend and put on without doing up my PFD correctly. I lost my rescue ring and I'm looking for the specs to replace it. From what I've seen NRS offers a replacement that uses hook and loop to secure it to the rescue webbing but I'm not too keen on the idea and I think I should be able to get this hardware for cheaper than $15.

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Old 07-01-2013   #2
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Replacement rings

You can get different rated rings at your climbing shop. I have purchased them as bridal rings for load balancing anchors/lifts. Or go to home depot and get a steel ring in their anchor and rope section for less than 5 bucks. They have the load rating on the tag. just get a piece of velcro to place over the ring to stick it back to the center of your jacket. I believe the buckle is the weakest point on the harness regardless of which ring you get.

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Old 07-01-2013   #3
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Not interested in the velcro. I know the rings are available in a variety of places but didn't know the factory rating. Makes sense the buckle is the weakest but I've found some rings online that are rated for 100 lb MWL, which seems awful low. Granted that's a lot of pull on your body, but I would think I could handle a momentary impact load quite a over 100 lbs. Maybe not...

Sounds like I'll just head out and pick up a reasonably sized one. Thanks
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Old 07-01-2013   #4
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ive got an extra one ill give you for the cost of shipping from denver
shoot me a pm if your interested....
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Old 07-01-2013   #5
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hit a farm supply store, Welded steel rings that are used for horse tie downs are about the same size, and if it can hold back an 1100lb. horse pulling so hard that it snaps a solid oak hitching post. I'm sure it'll hold up fine on your PFD. and they're only about $2. (I speak from experience on the horse snapping the post, the ring is still in great condition)
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Old 07-02-2013   #6
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Ace Hardware sells Stainless steel rings FWIW.

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