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HammerHeel Bail Major Failure X 2

For the 1st year, I had good luck w/ the bails, but then on a 1-week hut trip in Canada, both bails broke within a couple of days of each other. It appears w/ repeated stressing (i.e. weight on the bail) these bails will fail. That part is OK, 'cause what won't fail w/ repeated use? The problem is, is that when they broke at the high point of the radius one side of the break was at least 1 cm of the other side (i.e. the wire pieces were significantly misaligned). What this tells me is that there was much unnecessary stress on each of the bails. I think this is a design flaw. This is hard to describe, but just be aware of this potential and if you're going on a long trip, have a couple of extras w/ you.