Over the past several years, there have been a number of failures of the spliced rope bridge component as shown in the pictures below, which was used in 2013 and prior years on the Weaver Cougar, Weaver WLC-700 and WLC-730 model saddles. Since 2012, we have reminded users that the rope bridges are a replaceable component of the saddle and need to be inspected daily and replaced at the first sign of wear. Inspection includes both the cover and rope ends. Also, if the bridge is ever shock-loaded, replace immediately. Due to the rigorous strain and conditions these rope bridges endure, we strongly recommend replacing the rope bridge at the earlier of the first sign of wear or 6 months. (This recommendation applies to all Weaver Arborist rope and webbing bridges, not just the spliced rope bridges previously utilized.)
Affected Models: Weaver Cougar, WLC-700 and WLC-730 Saddles:
These spliced rope bridges were no longer used on saddles sold by Weaver Arborist after 2013. Therefore, if the bridges are replaced every 6 months according to our recommendation, all users should have replaced this bridge prior to now. Below is a photo of the previously utilized spliced rope bridges, when new. Any such bridges which are still in use need to be replaced immediately.
Note: The color on the rope ends may have faded over time to white or grey.
In order to encourage regular replacement if you are still using one of these bridges, Weaver Arborist will provide a free Webbing Bridge replacement. Please read the following instructions then click the link to download and print the return form.
If you are unable to disassemble your bridge from the harness or have questions, please contact us at 1-800-932-8371 or firstname.lastname@example.org to assist with the process.