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Recent Climbing Product Reviews
Petzl Pro Traxion
Very good progress capture pulley. Review on the older style, the design is newer for 2015. This is a great pulley. Used it to haul large amounts of rope and gear in caves. The larger diameter helps, as well as the progress capture cam. One trip I was hauling by myself and could barely get the load to move. The cam captured every bit of my progress so I was able to get the load up. Could not have done it with a regular pulley. Another big bonus is the ability to remove or add the haul… Full review
Petzl Spirit Straight Gate
A good design. I have used this carabiner for about a year on my safety lanyard to quickly attach to bolts or anchors while rigging. Would also make a great draw carabiner. The snag-free nose and straight gate make clipping a cinch. Full review
Petzl Unisex Fractio
This is a tough harness and will last a long time. I have used this harness for about 2-3 years now for cave exploration. Before that it was owned by one of my friends. Other harnesses I've used get destroyed in about a year due to the harsh cave environment. The harness sits fairly low, but offers more back support than the Superavanti. The other big difference is the metal attachment point for the D closure carabiner or maillion. This is a good feature for better wear. I would not… Full review
Fixe Stainless Steel Hanger
This is a very good hanger that will last. If you need a bombproof hanger, this is what you want. They are heavy, but will last. I have placed several in various caves. You can tell they are a quality product. Full review
Metolius FS Mini Biner
The best for compact, lightweight anchors. I use them to rig static ropes to bolts in caves. They are so small and lightweight, I hardly feel them in my kit. I do not use them for draws due to the small rope well, or for situations where cross loading is possible on the wire gate. I definitely recommend these. They are lighter and easier to use than most. Full review
Works best with flexible rope, the Stop locks down on the rope if your hand comes off the lever. Safe device with a long history of use in Europe for caving. I used the Stop in Europe to descend various caves over the course of a month. It is a good device, and allows for a free hand to clip into a belay station on rappel. This is very nice since the ropes in Europe are generally re-anchored multiple times on a rappel. It is also fairly compact and lightweight compared to a stainless rappel rack. Full review
SMC Rigging/Descending Ring
These are nice because they cost less than stainless rap rings. I used them to rig a cave once. Rigged several rappels with these so I could retrieve the rope. You would want these if you need light weight or are on a budget and need to set up a lot of rap anchors. Full review