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Wild Country Ropeman 3 Recall

Recalled Wild Country Ropeman 3

Wild Country has recalled their Ropeman 3 mini-ascender. This product has been removed from the market due to safety concerns. The Ropeman 1 and 2 are unaffected. Here is Wild Country's statement regarding the safety concern:

"The Ropeman III ascending device meets the requirements of EN567 (Mountaineering Equipment. Rope Clamps), however it has come to our attention that in certain circumstances, rather than locking on the rope as expected, the Ropeman III may slip when initially loaded. This slippage is more likely to occur when the rope is under significant tension and the cam of the Ropeman III has not been specifically set in position on the rope by the user.

Once the cam has been properly located on the rope and the Ropeman 3 loaded without slippage the device will perform as expected. Never-the-less we recognize that there may well be scenarios particularly in difficult conditions such as poor weather, extreme fatigue or during the course of an accident where the Ropeman 3 may not in our opinion be fully relied upon to meet the reasonable expectations of the user. Our first priority is the safety of our climbing and mountaineering colleagues and customers, therefore we have taken the decision to recall the Ropeman 3 with immediate effect. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

For additional information or if you suspect you may have one or more of the effected units, please use the links below.

Ropeman 3 Recall Notice (PDF)

Ropeman 3 Recall FAQ (PDF)

This recall was accounced on October 29th, 2012; however OSI has only recently learned of it. OSI has also posted information on the December 2012 recall of Wild Country Helium carabiners and quickdraws.

OSI has no control over and is not responsible for the content of the statements from equipment manufacturers. This website presents selected outdoor product recalls that may be of interest to our readers. This is not a complete list of product recalls. For complete listings of official product recalls visit (US) or Health Canada (this specific recall has not, at this point, been published via these government channels).

Posted by

OSI Staff

on 12/13/12


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