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coolhand1


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Any opinions on the ethics of using rubber forearm sleeves like the ones at this link:

http://www.jackalsgym.com/...spx?prod_id=MU-ELBOW

Seems practical but perhaps cheating?


fskie


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I saw a person at my gym use one of these...I think he was injured though. Sure, it might make climbing easier...but the whole point of climbing is to get stronger, to better your health, and to have fun. So if you want to make it easier and "inflate" the level you climb at, go ahead, but you'll realize that it wasn't the right choice and that climbing should be a human-nature connection.


theextremist04


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coolhand1 wrote:
Any opinions on the ethics of using rubber forearm sleeves like the ones at this link:

http://www.jackalsgym.com/...spx?prod_id=MU-ELBOW

Seems practical but perhaps cheating?
I can't think of a situation outside of offwidth climbing where those might be beneficial.


coolhand1


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fskie wrote:
I saw a person at my gym use one of these...I think he was injured though. Sure, it might make climbing easier...but the whole point of climbing is to get stronger, to better your health, and to have fun. So if you want to make it easier and "inflate" the level you climb at, go ahead, but you'll realize that it wasn't the right choice and that climbing should be a human-nature connection.
The only reason I ask is because this past weekend I went to an area that has really slopey topouts and lost a lot of skin on my forearms. The fact that it might actually aid in climbing would just be a side effect of me trying to keep my skin.


coolhand1


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theextremist04 wrote:
coolhand1 wrote:
Any opinions on the ethics of using rubber forearm sleeves like the ones at this link:

http://www.jackalsgym.com/...spx?prod_id=MU-ELBOW

Seems practical but perhaps cheating?
I can't think of a situation outside of offwidth climbing where those might be beneficial.
Slopey topouts.

Shoot on the really slopey ones I'll even get my chin in the action.


edge


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coolhand1 wrote:
theextremist04 wrote:
coolhand1 wrote:
Any opinions on the ethics of using rubber forearm sleeves like the ones at this link:

http://www.jackalsgym.com/...spx?prod_id=MU-ELBOW

Seems practical but perhaps cheating?
I can't think of a situation outside of offwidth climbing where those might be beneficial.
Slopey topouts.

Shoot on the really slopey ones I'll even get my chin in the action.

It sounds like you're trying to compensate for bad technique.


gblauer
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Feb 20, 2013, 10:29 PM
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They might be good for keeping the sun off your forearms.

Last summer I used my husband's hole ridden socks (cut off the foot) so that I could protect my forearms from sun damage. Sun block wasn't cutting it.


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Feb 22, 2013, 8:46 AM
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gblauer wrote:
They might be good for keeping the sun off your forearms.

Last summer I used my husband's hole ridden socks (cut off the foot) so that I could protect my forearms from sun damage. Sun block wasn't cutting it.

What am I missing here reading about all these complicated solutions? Easy answer: wear a long sleeve shirt. For details see my icon picture. Gosh!

r.c


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It's so hot here in the NE...Long sleeves are so oppressive.

I am constantly in the search for some super lightweight long sleeve shirts that I can wear in 95+, humid weather.

Cut off socks work pretty well to protect my forearms. I have sun damage (brown spots) on my skin and I don't like it.


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Same argument as the finger condoms Mad Rock came out with a while back. (also, tape gloves, rubber thigh pads, & sticky rubber climbing shoes 30 years ago, spring loaded camming devices, bolting on rapel, kernmantel ropes). Cheating isn't possible unless there are clear and explicit rules. Good thing there are no rules in climbing. It may be an advantage in some cracks & chimneys. It may save some skin or make climbing runout sections easier. But you will be called a "cheater" by the climbing police that uphold our ethics.

BTW why are they even called ethics? Is a guy that places a bolt in a trad area unethical? What has he done to man or mankind? Its only climbing. A fun but useless pass time. Weird!


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Cheating? I don't see how. Don't see a negative. A positve might be maybe you could adapt them with velcro for those special apre-climb sheep date days.


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coolhand1 wrote:
.... lost a lot of skin on my forearms....

whats so wrong about that?....


markcarlson


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Thanks, I passed that on to a friend who has burns on his arms. The skin tears easily and/or does not heal well (I forget which.)

He tried using bicycle inner tubes, but they didn't work, as you can imagine. Bigger ones from a motor bike may have worked better, but probably not as good as these!


6pacfershur


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sorry about your buddy, my comment wasnt directed at him.........


shockabuku


Feb 27, 2013, 7:31 PM
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Everytime I see a sentence that goes like this:

fskie wrote:
...the whole point of climbing is...

I want to poke someone in the eye.


BillyCrook


Feb 27, 2013, 11:24 PM
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shockabuku wrote:
Everytime I see a sentence that goes like this:

fskie wrote:
...the whole point of climbing is...

I want to poke someone in the eye.

I suspect those sorts of people will run out of eyes quickly.


climber511


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If the sleeves are very tight - might they not contribute to increased "pump"? I don't know - just wondered. If they do it would hurt rather than help? I wear neoprene elbow sleeves when lifting weights sometimes and they are very warm. I think the sort of tan elastic fabric ones might be better for climbing - the neoprene ones aren't very durable.


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