Think about the anchor failure that caused a fatality on the DNB a few years ago. Four pieces, none of them capable of holding 4 kN either separately or in combination.
Weren't those pieces clove-hitched? And aren't the people decrying the cordelette now for being non-equalizing the same people who have decried the cordelette forever for being . . . whatever? The same people who clove-hitched because it didn't require a separate piece of gear and was just more "trad"?
RG, are you now using one of those more complicated rigs that requires more gear or are you still clove-hitching? And if you're clove-hitching, do you believe you're getting better equalization that way?
I was just at R&S trying to buy one of those cordelette-on-a-spools they used to sell. As far as I can tell, they don't even sell that material anymore and told me cordelettes had been debunked. They also tried to convince me I wanted this stuff that was "stronger" but that maintained a bend when I bent it. Now the last time the cordelette was debunked, IIRC, it was the material that was in question and we were told not to use the stuff that bent like that because it weakened every time you tied a knot. R&S seemed to know nothing about that subject. I assure you I'll be checking with our mutual friend before I buy anything. I don't know everything, but I know my sources.
I'm believing nothing short of real life drop tests on real life gear that are comparative
. I almost am getting the feeling at this point that people are being told option A is not good when there isn't a better option B. And FWIW, a long spool of strong, thin cord is useful for more than equalizing anchors. I use my cordelette on almost every pitch but maybe only use it to equalize an anchor on one in three and if I want another long piece of thin, strong cord I should be able to buy one without being told they're somehow dangerous.
RG, this isn't aimed at you directly. I'm getting fed-up with how people repeat things they know little about and decide that I'm unsafe when I've made a conscious decision based on more evidence and thought than they're capable of. Those who have made other decisions based on evidence and thought are totally welcome to their opinions and I'm actually interested to hear them but if all you're doing is repeating something third-hand you heard off of rockclimbing.com, please STFU.