A Lightweight, compact, efficient weblock
I have tried most weblocks on the market now. The Pure Lock is now one of my new favorites. Easy pre-tensioning and slick pin lock technology places this weblock amongst the best on the market!
I have been utilizing the "buckingham" tensioning method for recent highlines (Hangover + Linegrip). It's a great way to efficiently get lines snugged up without requiring much room in the pack. I used the purelock in combination with the new Lion webbing from Slacklife BC for my first testing of the product.
Initially concerned to use the purelock with a new hi-tech webbing, after a weekend of long highlining with the two products I can say that we didn't have 1 inch of webbing slippage at all! The webbing pre-tensioned so easily and held with absolutely no slipping on a hand tensioned 125meter line. (WOOOHOOOO!!!!) This is awesome news, rigging longer looser lines is notorious for webbing slippage now a days. The purelock centered the webbing and allowed for me to visually inspect to make sure no twists or issues were happening.
Benefits - A one stop shop! The shackle is built into the weblock device so it eliminates the need for additional hardware to attach to various anchors. In combination with the shackle and lock it still weighs in less than the Alpine Weblock 4.0 which is an exceptionally light, strong weblock. Both weblocks are rated to a 60kn breaking strength.
The sliding pin is an awesome feature that makes rigging with super easy. The clicking sound the lock makes once you feed the webbing through is such a satisfying sound!
Longlining with the Balancing Earth Type 18 CG4 and pure lock - Type 18 is my favorite webbing and in combination with the purelock I found the pretensioning to be excellent along with the way it sat connected to my pulleys! Straight forward - super functional out in the longline fields.
Cons - Although the pin is attached to the shackle permanently you still have to worry about dropping the actual weblock insert when inserting in to the master point. I would almost feel better if the product was equipped with some sort of a leash between both mechanisms to help relieve the stress of dropping the small web lock insert off the cliff. Price - I think most aluminum weblocks on the market are still steep on price. It would be great to see weblocks similar to the purelock selling for under $100.00
Conclusion - A slick design that is super light! This weblock will definitely be joining me on all of my alpine highline projects. The pre tensioning function is the most efficient out of any other weblock I have tried so far. You can find more information on the pure lock at http://pureslacklines.com/pages/purelock
I was not paid or given this product for free to conduct this review.