Which zipSTOP Zip Line Brake is Right For You?

The zipSTOP was created for zip lines where a customer is arriving at the end platform at less than 24 km/h (15 mph). The zipSTOP IR is the ideal brake for most common zip lines (those contacting the brake trolley at between 24-59.5 km/h (15-37 mph). In the standard zipSTOP, you can either leave it at a 1:1 redirect or use a reduction line to make it 2:1 or 3:1 mechanical advantage. The internal reduction of the zipSTOP IR saves you set-up time, and will also save you time and money down the road.

Use the table below (or scroll down to the comparison diagram) to help find which zipSTOP is right for you.


Comparison Chart

Even though the zipSTOP IR addresses some specific needs for zip line braking, the standard zipSTOP could be exactly what you need. See the comparison chart to help you decide.

Features zipSTOP zipSTOP IR
Capacity 15-150 kg (33-330 lbs.) 15-150 kg (33-330 lbs.)
Device Weight 23.5 kg (52 lbs.) 23.5 kg (52 lbs.)
Webbing Length 12.5 meters (41 ft.) 20 meters (65 ft.)
Webbing Breaking Load 15.6 kN (3,507 lbs.) 22 kN (4,946 lbs.)
Reduction Line? Yes, reduction lines recommended over certain speeds No, reduction lines cannot be used with the IR
Rated Working Velocity 6-36 km/h (4-22 mph) = 1:1 reduction ratio
10-60 km/h (6-37 mph) = 2:1 reduction ratio
60+ km/h (37+ mph) = Call our engineers
6-60 km/h (4-37 mph)
60+ km/h (37+ mph) = Call our engineers

Decision Flow Chart

You can also make your way through our decision flow chart to help decide which zipSTOP is right for you.

Which zipSTOP graphic


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