QC Lab: Ulimate Strength Testing of the Gear You've Always Wondered About
KP and the QC Lab crew field the most common questions they get about gear and do what they do best—break it! Check out the fascinating results in the latest QC Lab. Read more >
QC Lab: Personal Anchor Systems Explained
KP and the QC Lab crew take a deep dive into the world of Personal Anchor Systems and provide the beta … as always. Read more >
QC Lab: Old vs. New Gear Testing
KP and the QC Lab crew answer four consumer questions about the strength of old, new, and old-new (yeah that’s a thing) gear. Read more >
QC LAB: Gear Doesn't Last Forever—Ice Tool Picks
This month is first part of a series the QA engineers are doing on gear lifespan. Gear, no matter how well designed and constructed, doesn't last forever. First off, they'll focus on ice tool picks. Read more >
QC Lab: Girth Hitching a Stopper
In this post, KP weighs in on a weird one, but curious nonetheless. What happens when you girth hitch a stopper to a bolt hanger? Read more >
QC Lab: How Sketchy Is a Sharp-Edged Carabiner?
I've yanked a lot of worn, sharp-edged biners off of routes, and I've tested a lot of them. It's not the ultimate strength that makes me the most nervous; it's the risk of cutting a rope. Read more >
QC Lab: How strong are Himalayan fixed lines?
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month features fixed ropes from the Himalayas. Read more >
QC Lab: How strong is the Spinner Leash?
In this post KP weighs in on the intended use and risks of using the Spinner Leash. Read below for more knowledge and insight from our Director of Global Quality. Read more >
QC LAB: OFF-AXIS AND TRI/QUAD-AXIAL LOADING
Recently, Kelly Cordes emailed KP and the QC crew, posing a lengthy question about the dangers of off-axis loading while at the belay. Our lab answered the question and got inspired to do a few more tests along the way. Read more >
QC LAB: Remounting previously drilled skis
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month, KP and the crew tackle the issue of mounting a pair of skis that have been previously drilled. Read more >
QC Lab: Retiring Old Ropes
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month, KP and the crew look at retiring ropes. Read more >
QC Lab: Sling Strength in 3 Anchor Configurations
A few weeks ago a crew of super badass climbers rolled through the QA lab and one question came up more than just a few times: "What is the strongest way to rig an anchor at a belay?" Read more >
Tech Tip: Taper Trimming Your Skins
Dialing in your new backcountry kit for the season? Straight from our design crew, this latest tech tip about taper trimming your skins will help make the uphill a little more enjoyable. Read more >
QC Lab: How Ice Screws Are Made
Check out this QC Lab with KP and the crew as they tour you through our factory floor and show you firsthand how we manufacture ice screws. Read more >
QC Lab: Autoblock Misuse
Lately I've been getting quite a few questions on the use of the Black Diamond ATC-Guide and/or similar "autoblock"-style belay devices—and another installment of QC with KP was born. Read more >
QC LAB: Can a hot belay device melt my slings?
Our QC Lab posts aim to answer some of climbing's most common gear-related questions. This month—how hot do belay devices really get? Read more >