Quote: That's a little worrisome. I brought 4 Aliens in to R&S to be looked at. 2 had dimples and went back. 2 didn't and weren't tested in any way. I'm not blaming R&S for this. I'm sure they were doing what they were told. Sounds like CCH is backtracking.
I think that's the whole point some of us are trying to make. Backtracking on this, initially denouncing the entire incident as a hoax, mis-drilled axle holes not caught by QC. I feel owning any aliens at this point is a little worrisome - even if they've held falls (sure, the 3kN was easily caught; what will happen when 8kN hits that piece?). They're obviously trying to improve, but the QC issues brought to light, and, more than anything, the company's attitude (until the recent change) about it's problems would cause me to have lowered confidence in their gear. It'd be one of those nasty little voices in the back of the brain during a lead and lord knows there's enough of them already.
I suppose I'd be even more concerned if I owned more than one alien (the black one - never really liked them; always preferred Friends, Tech Friends, BD and Metolius TCUs).....and climbed anything other than sport routes these days.