Mammut Tec Step Bionic 2

  • Model: M2130-00260-0001
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The next generation of Mammut’s Tec Step set incorporates the most recent findings from safety research: The elastic carabiner arms thus feature an extremely strong and robust construction. In addition, the brake force curve of the webbing brake has been further optimized to make the Tec Step sets brake falls even more gently and thus better protecting the body. The maximum impact force has also been reduced. Even in the case of a 180 degree misuse (one carabiner on the guide cable, the second on the climbing harness) the Tec Step sets will hold a fall safely. The high-end Bionic Via Ferrata carabiner with Key Lock and fast locking mechanism is easy to use thanks to the handrest, which is coated with synthetic material. The robust and stylish Tec Step Bag contains a via ferrata safety card with explanations on the correct use of the via ferrata set.

Article Nr: 2130-00260
Weight [g]: 470 
Ideal For:
  • Via Ferrata

Details

Characteristics / Features

Weight [g]: 470   

Handling

Positioning the via ferrata set

Use only standardised and undamaged hip-chest belt combinations, combination harnesses or hip belts. Never use a chest strap on its own.Connect your via ferrata set to your belt, as shown in figures 1-3, using a girth hitch knot. Guide the tie-in loops through the tie-in point and then thread the complete via ferrata set through the tie-in loops. When using a hip belt, it is essential to note that the via ferrata set must only be fixed to the tie-in loop of the belt using a girth hitch knot. Under no circumstances should you attach the set to your hip belt as shown in figures 4-6.When using a via ferrata set with a rope brake design, make sure that the free end of your via ferrata set (the end without a carabiner) hangs loosely by attaching it, for example, to a gear loop on your belt.

Via ferrata tours

When using a via ferrata set, both carabiners should always be engaged. One exception is when swapping to an intermediate fixing point or, for example, guide bars. First hook a carabiner in the new section as also shown in figure 1, only then should you repeat the procedure with the second carabiner. Make sure that at least one carabiner is engaged at all times. Once the first carabiner has been swapped, the second must be engaged again in the guide cable. Under no circumstances must it be attached to your belt.

Taking a rest during a via ferrata tour

When taking a rest during strenuous sections or to take photographs, you can hang directly from the Via Ferrata set; alternatively, use the rest loop provided (see fig. 1), which offers a comfortably shorter link to your chosen securing point. Once the set’s rest carabiner is no longer in use, on no account hang it from your harness (see figs. 4-5). Instead, it can be allowed to hang free (see fig. 2), or it should be clipped onto the Via Ferrata set (see fig. 3).

Know-how

Even though via ferrata sets are one of the most robust items of your equipment: they still have to be replaced.

After a genuine fall, they must always be replaced. It is extremely dangerous to rethread the brake rope or cable since the exact alignment can become unbalanced. In the absence of any stress due to falls which (hopefully) practically never occurs, via ferrata sets have a relatively long lifetime since the wear and tear at the short rope segments is considerably less than that of climbing ropes, the whole length of which is dragged over the rock face.However, you should still try to avoid situations which may result in damage and examine the via ferrata set, like the rest of your equipment, for damage at regular intervals. You should pay special attention to the stitched seams and the areas subject to stress (around the brake, carabiner loops, tie-in loops). If in doubt: replace the set too early rather than too late since ultimately your life depends on it. The table below provides you with information about when the via ferrata set needs to be replaced for safety reasons; in addition, it must be replaced immediately if any of the following criteria apply:

  • after a serious fall (mechanical damage due to heat resulting from friction)
  • if the webbing or the seam pattern is damaged (e.g. roughening or furring of the webbing)
  • if the profile of the stitched seams is damaged (dubious rigidity)
  • in the case of irreversible, high levels of dirt (for example due to grease, bitumen oil etc.)
  • after contact with acids, for example due to a car batteryafter high levels of thermal stress (melt points or traces of melting due to contact or friction heat identifiable)

The following table provides guidelines concerning the period of use of the via ferrata set:

Frequency of UserApproximate Life Span
Never used10 years maximum
Rarely used: twice per yearup to 7 years
Occasionally used: once per monthup to 5 years
Regularly used: several times per monthup to 3 years
Frequently used: each weekup to 1 year
Constantly used: almost dailyless than 1/2 year

Recall

Mammut recalls the 2012 Via Ferrata Sets Tec Step Bionic, Tec Step Classic, Tec Step Brenta Classic and Tec Step Bionic Turn from the market as a precaution.

In August 2012, there was a fatal accident involving a Via Ferrata set from a competitor brand. As an immediate response, different testing institutes tested Via Ferrata sets according to tightened protection goals. These tests established that some karabiner arms made from elasticated webbings were far too weak – these products have already been recalled in summer.

The Mammut sets that were tested verifiable showed much higher breaking strengths. There was no immediate danger to users as the Mammut products using this elastic arm construction were only introduced in Spring 2012.

Meanwhile, Mammut executed further tests and investigations and these showed that there is a very small residual safety risk after very long periods of very heavy usage over several seasons. The risk to safety only occurs if the product usage vastly exceeds the recommended usable lifetime.

In order to prevent any future risk to consumers, Mammut has decided to recall the following products as a precaution:

  • 2130-00240 Tec Step Bionic
  • 2130-00220 Tec Step Classic
  • 2130-00250 Tec Step Brenta Classic
  • 2130-00230 Tec Step Bionic Turn

The products affected by this recall are detailed at the side of this document. If you are in possession of one of the affected Via Ferrata Sets, you have the opportunity to send these back to have the elasticated karabiner arms replaced. The webbing will be replaced with a construction that increases the security and eliminates the residual risk described above.

The following possibilities exist for the return of the products

1. Send your Mammut Via Ferrata set to our customer service centre.

For customers outside the EU and in Switzerland:

Mammut Sports Group AG
Kundenservice
Birren 5
CH-5703 Seon

For customers within the EU:

Mammut Sports Group GmbH
Kundenservice
Mammut-Basecamp 1
D-87787 Wolfertschwenden

2. Return your Via Ferrata set to your Mammut dealer. The dealer will take care of the return of the product.

Please use the prepared product return form for the shipment.

Further processing

When your Via Ferrata Set arrives at Mammut Sports Group, the elasticated webbing will be replaced and your own product will be returned to you. This service is free of charge and your postal costs will also be refunded. We ask for your understanding that this process requires some time.

Mammut Sports Group has set up a Hotline to answer further questions about this subject:

E-Mail: [email protected]
Tel: +41 (0)62 769 81 85

In the course of extensive tests on used via ferrata sets with rope friction based shock absorbers, Mammut has established that these systems could fail in the event of a fall. The tests have shown that increased impact force values can be generated in the event of a fall. In combination with a wear-related decrease in the strength of the carabiner arms, this could lead to the complete failure of the system. Potentially resulting in severe injuries or death.

The Mammut Sports Group has decided to remove all via ferrata sets rope friction based shock absorbers from the market with immediate effect, to eliminate any risk for end users. Mammut urgently calls for users to stop using the affected sets with immediate effect.

This affects all Mammut via ferrata sets with a rope friction based shock absorber. A detailed list of the affected products, and those that are not affected, can be found from page 3 onwards in this document.

Mammut will replace affected via ferrata sets that are less than 7 years old. In exchange, you will receive the latest generation Mammut Tec Step 2 via ferrata set, which complies with the new requirements of the TÜV and DAV (German alpine association).

Please send your Mammut via ferrata set to our customer service department:

For customers outside the EU and in Switzerland:

Mammut Sports Group AG
Via Ferrata Rückruf
Birren 5
CH-5703 Seon

For customers within the EU:

Mammut Sports Group GmbH
Via Ferrata Rückruf
Mammut-Basecamp 1
D-87787 Wolfertschwenden

Please use the appropriate returns form when sending the product back.

You will receive the replacement product within two weeks. We will refund the postage costs for product returns.

Any via ferrata set that has exceeded the maximum recommended service life of 7 years must no longer be used. The Mammut Sports Group strongly urges the immediate disposal of any such sets. This recommended service life applies to all Mammut brand via ferrata sets, regardless of the type of product or its construction.

Please also note the recall of Mammut Tec Step sets with elastic lanyards of November 2012. For reasons of completeness, the sets affected by this recall are listed again on Page 4 of this document.

The Mammut Sports Group has set up a hotline to answer any further questions:


Email: [email protected]

Tel: +41 (0)62 769 81 85 (office hours)

Please also refer to the list of FAQs starting on Page 7 of this document.

Kind regards,
Mammut Sports Group AG

Affected products

All the via ferrata sets affected by the recall have the same braking element construction (also used in the color "silver").

The following versions, which always have the same rope friction based shock absorbers, but may have different carabiners or carabiner arms, are affected:

2130-00030 Via Ferrata V
(until 2008 item numbers 1020494 and 1020514)

2130-00080 Via Ferrata Y
(until 2008 item numbers 1020494 and 1020514)

2130-00050 Via Ferrata Performance Key Lock
(until 2008 item number 1020534)


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