Maillon Rapides have a working load limit that is a fifth of the breaking load of the maillon (as stated by the manufacturer) and will become damaged and distorted if they are used above this load limit. Some are certified as PPE (to protect falls from height) and some are not. If you are unsure of which is which, either ask us, or have a look at your maillon which will be marked with "PPE" if it is and "CE" if it is not. CE maillons conform to Maillon Rapide's standards but are not certified as PPE.
They conform to EN 362 and EN 12 275
Materials:Steel - 8-FMStainless steel - 316LAlloy - 7075 Zicral
The Maillon Rapide Delta is a triangular shaped connector with a hand or spanner tightening screw thread for use in mountaineering, caving, rescue and access situations. Comes in steel with a zinc galvanised finish and stainless steel options from 4mm through to 12mm diameters.
The Semi circular or half moon Maillon Rapide is ideal for securing caving harnesses, it is commonly used for the junction of 2 connecting points on a harness. Screw links are a lot more secure than karabiners so are essential if there's a possibility that the connector may be cross-loaded.
The Maillon Rapide Square can be used as a lightweight connection for harnesses or risers, where the minimum weight is paramount.
The Maillon Rapide Standard was developed on the principle of a chain link fitted with manual nut opening. This shape reflects the spirit of Maillon Rapide quick links connectors.
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Established in 1977