The Mares SLS Slide and Lock System large is the latest generation ballast system from Mares. The system uses a mechanical interference based system that during insertion pushes the holding prongs into position and prevents them from retracting. During release, it pulls the prongs inwards via a system of sliding surfaces. This ensures that the male and female buckles can be removed.
Ease of use is ensured by a large handle and a tunnel on the jacket which controls the insertion of the ballast pocket so that the male buckle is aligned with the female. A finger is then used to push the slider in, which is accompanied by a loud “click” but also by the appearance of a green closed padlock in a special window that replaces a red open padlock.
The large pocket has a capacity of 6kg and a heavy duty zip.
The main features of the SLS Slide and Lock System are:
- Robust zipped pocket
- Easy to slide into the pocket
- Visual aid to check that the system is correctly attached
- Avoids unintended release of weight pockets
- Easy to use with thick gloves