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Recent Climbing Product Reviews
Fixe Stainless 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 reanchored multiple times on a rappel. It is also fairly compact and lightweight compared to a stainless rappel… 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
Sterling Rope ATS
Used the ATS to rappel into several caves. This device is lightweight and well designed. It handles 11mm rope surprisingly well for what it is. Used to rappel a 120' cave drop on 11mm static rope a couple times. I'd guess it would be great for canyoneering, as it has more friction options than a standard fig. 8. I really liked the ATS, but it does get a lot more hot on fast rappels than my stainless rack. Full review
PMI Max-Wear Sport 11mm
This is a tough rope. One of the longest lasting ropes on the market. Doesn't work well with certain devices like ATC's or Petzl Stop. Very resistant to abrasion, good for jugging. I have used these ropes for the past 9 years for cave exploration. Good quality and last longer than other ropes. It takes more abrasion and doesn't burn as easily during fast rappels. A good buy if you need a tough rope. Full review
Arc'teryx Men's Acrux FL Shoe
Like the engineering ideas, flaws in liner design. As a big fan of Arc'teryx products I was excited to see how they would reinvent the approach shoe. I liked the weight, the seamless body, the airflow, they were very comfortable. BUT, the first short hike of about three miles with no-show socks revealed that the non removable liner keeps moving around in the heel area, cutting through the skin of both my heels until blistering and bleeding. Can't return since they have been worn and the blistering… Full review