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The Dorsal D-Ring

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

Although our store is filled with pictures of harnesses, very few of them show a rear view and people often inquire about the d-ring on the back. Trust us, it's there.

It's called the dorsal D-ring, and one of them can be found on every harness we carry. In fact, that is the case with most harnesses. The exception to the rule would be a harness that may have a D-ring at the chest, but almost all of those include a dorsal D-ring as well. The rule… Harnesses include a dorsal D-ring.

The dorsal D-ring is the main attachment point for lanyards, vertical lifelines, and retractables. So when a fall occurs the D-ring on your back will be the one holding you.

There is one small note about the dorsal D-ring though. You should never have more than one of anything hooked up to it at a time. For example, you should never have two snap hooks connected to one dorsal D-ring. These guys can bump into each other during a fall and cause some serious havoc. That is the end of this public service announcement.

Hopefully, this clears up any confusion. As the body belt for fall protection went the way of the Dodo bird, full body harnesses with dorsal d-rings emerged in their absence. Let us know if you have any questions about your dorsal D-ring.

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