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Vento
(Венто)

Венто Vento
Венто Vento

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Венто
(#3114)

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Front View Rear View Side View

InstructionsTechnical Details

I acquired this rack from John E. Weinel, Inc. in 2003.

My Венто rack is 223 mm. tall, 62 mm. wide, 20 mm. thick, and weighs 376 g. The frame is made from 7.9 mm. steel (not stainless) bent into a U, with an internal width of 26 mm. There are four brake bars. The first and third bars are painted steel tubing, 21 mm. in diameter and 52 mm. long. The second bar is solid aluminum alloy, 20 mm. in diameter and 52 mm. long. The bottom bar is an inverted single hyperbar, 20 mm. in diameter and 62 mm. long. Allowing 35 mm. for the rope leaves 72 mm. for spreading the bars. Two hex nuts on each side of the frame secure the bars.

There are no markings on this rack.

Comments

This is a crude Russian rack. The frame extends above the nuts, leaving sharp threads to damage the rope. The nuts are standard hex nuts, not lock nuts. I don't like painted rappel devices, but at least the paint job on the red bars is so bad that the paint flakes off easily. The inverted hyperbar that is used for tying off, but I would rather see a top hyperbar for increasing friction on rappel - assuming one replaced the nuts with smooth posts.


Vento
(#3114)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I acquired this rack from Artyom Babin (Артём Бабин) in 2021.

My Vento (Венто) rack is 223 mm. tall, 72 mm. wide, 19 mm. thick, and weighs 604 g. The frame is made from 8 mm. steel bent into a U, with an internal width of 25 mm. The frame is painted black. There are 4 brake bars, also painted black. The bars are 19 mm. in diameter. The top three are 51 mm. long and the fourth, an inverted hyperbar, is 72 mm. long. Bars 2 and 4 swing open, 1 and 3 do not. Allowing 35 mm. for the rope leaves 63 mm. for spreading the bars.

The posts holding the bars are threaded and crimped in place. A tubular spacer near the bottom of the frame keeps the lower bar from jamming on the bend in the frame.

The third bar is printed with "VENTO," "vpro 0118," (the product number, not a date) and "1710H00105."

Comments

I dislike painted descenders, since the paint just wears off on the rope.

The post threads must be fairly loose, as the underlying paint was not scratched when the posts were installed. This might be a cause for some concern, and I would like to see some strength testing results before fully trusting the posts.

The down-pointing hyperbar is useless except for tying off, and then it is unnecessary. I see no value to having a hyperbar here. A better choice would have been to provide a standard up-pointing hyperbar on a fixed top bar.