Recall info from Wild Country:
Wild Country Ropeman 3 Recall.Wild Country issued a voluntary recall for their Ropeman 3 ascender which although passing all required CE EN standards has found to be below par in some aspects of fieldwork.
Jason Myers, Wild Country's Sales Director explains:
"Whilst the R3 does meet the requirements of the relevant tests and standards, usage has found that there are certain circumstances, particularly on tensioned ropes where the device does not "stick" as well as we would like. It is possible to imagine certain situations where the user could absolutely be relying on the device (eg crevasse rescue) and experience difficulty with it's function, even to the point of risking death or injury. The chance of this situation arising is extremely difficult to quantify. We feel the probability of an accident is small, but it is non-zero. Therefore we have chosen to voluntarily recall the product."
If you possess a Ropeman 3, then you should stop using it immediately and return it to your retailer, or if this is not possible, to your local distributor. Wild Country will arrange as soon as possible your choice of a replacement Ropeman 1 or Ropeman 2, plus a locking karabiner.
For more detailed information, please refer to the notices on our website. www.wildcountry.co.uk
Back to the review:
Wild Countrys Ropeman 3 was originally designed for rescue situations, and is a basic rope clamp that can be used for many different applications. The Ropeman 3 is the newest edition to the Ropeman series and is designed with super skinny ropes in mind. We feel it is much improved over the Ropeman 1 and 2. It is lighter, more streamlined and less prone to snagging on your other gear.
Ropeman 3 is a lightweight, compact, and versatile piece of equipment that we can see being useful in a lot of practical applications. The simple rope clamp engages easily, is easy to rig, and works just fine as a device for self-belaying on top rope. At $60 it is the least expensive of the devices we tested, but doesn't feed up the rope as well as devices that had a built-in pulley. If you want the best and smoothest top rope self-belay, pick up a Petzl Micro Traxion, or save $10 from the Micro and grab a classic Petzl Mini Traxion.