Quick Links At US Rigging
If you are looking to pick up a quick link connector, this is your place. Quick links serve a similar function to carabiners and snap hooks; in fact, some people think of them as miniature carabines. They are used to link different elements of climbing and rigging systems efficiently. They are especially popular in rappelling, tree climbing, and descending technical canyons.
If you are looking to learn a little bit about quick links and their applications, or you just want a quick breakdown of what kinds of quick links we sell, you will hopefully find this guide useful.
So without any further delay, why don’t we get started talking about quick links and what they can do for you?
What Are Some Advantages Of Using Quick Links?
Right off the bat, we’re gonna talk a bit about why you might want a quick link connector. While quick links and chain link connectors are very similar to carabiners, many folks like to use them as intermediate links between a carabiner and lines or lanyards.
In other applications, they can be used to replace carabiners, connecting more directly to other elements of a climbing or rigging system.
Some Common Uses And Advantages Of Quick Links:
- Reducing Friction
- Descending Climbs
- Safer Than Bolt Hangers
- Reducing Wear On Webbing
- Descending Technical Canyons
- Frequently Used For Rappelling
- Rapidly Chaining Together Elements Of Rigging Systems
- Rapidly Chaining Together Elements Of Climbing Systems
Having discussed some common uses for Quick Links, let’s pivot a little and talk about some different types of links that are out there...
What Are Some Different Types Of Quick Links?
The first thing that you will want to consider in choosing a quick link is what shape you need. For the most part, whether they are threaded quick links or otherwise, connectors are either triangle-shaped deltas or egg-shaped ovals.
Quick Link Shapes:
Quick links are also classified by materials. Any quick link that you find at US Rigging is going to be made with steel.
The main difference in terms of materials that you will find is between stainless steel quick links and steel links that are plated with zinc.
Materials Used For Quick Links:
- Stainless Steel Quick Links
- Zinc Coated Steel Quick Links
Now that we have listed a few different categories that quick links can fall under, it’s probably a good time to talk with a little more depth about what shape you need.
When Should I Use A Delta Quick Link?
Delta quick links are those triangular-shaped connectors made with three sides. This design is especially desirable in applications where you will have force pulling against your connector in three opposing directions at once.
This shape is especially ideal for webbing applications where using an oval shape would cause twisting on the line.
Many people also like using deltas in rigging applications or when they are climbing using a single rope/stationary rope system.
Common Uses For Triangle/Delta Quick Links:
- Rigging Applications
- Single Rope Technique Climbing
- Attaching A Chest Ascender To A Harness
- Areas Where Force Will Be Divided In Three Directions
When Should I Use An Oval Quick Link?
Moving on from talking about deltas, you may be wondering when you might use an oval connector. Oval quick links are used for more generalized applications where a delta is simply not needed.
If you are putting together a simple rigging or climbing system, you can save money by using ovals rather than triangles.
We are just about done talking about shapes, so let’s transition and talk about materials a little more extensively.
When Should You Use Stainless Steel Quick Link?
To put everything simply, Stainless Steel Quick Links are going to be stronger than Steel Quick Links with Zinc Plating.
If you are planning on installing a quick link permanently to a climbing or rigging system, you almost always will want to go ahead and use stainless steel.
If you know that you need to use a stainless steel link, you may consider whether to use a heavy-duty stainless steel quick link.
In most cases, heavy-duty steel is not required, but heavy loads may require a higher grade of steel. If you are unsure, check the Working Load Limit (WLL) of the connector.
Situations That Require Stainless Steel Connectors:
- Heavy Loads
- Permanent Applications
When Is It OK To Use Zinc Plated Quick Links?
Now that you know a bit about stainless steel, let’s talk about when you can get away with using a Zinc Plated Quick Link.
These types of links are best used in circumstances where the link is going to be used in less permanent applications.
This may include installing a foot loop or rigging lighter loads for a short period of time.
The main advantages of Zinc-Plated Links are that they are less expensive and less heavy than Stainless Steel Links.
Finally, we are at a point where we have broken down Quick Links by shapes and materials, let’s wrap things up by talking about who we are at US Rigging and let you get to picking out your connector.
Who Is US Rigging?
US Rigging is a manufacturer and master distributor of climbing ropes, fall protection equipment, and industrial rigging equipment located in Santa Ana, California. This Orange County-based company is proud to provide American Made products with both safety and service in mind. US Rigging has a legacy lasting over 40 years and is known for operational excellence.
US Rigging offers high-quality Steel Quick Links made to fit your needs. If you are looking for an efficient way to connect different elements of your climbing system or rigging system, we should have what you need.
Take a look around the product lines available and feel free to contact our customer service department with any questions. US Rigging is committed to excellence in service and providing our customers with the best rigging products on the market.