Reviews for P.A.S
Average Rating : 4.57 out of 5
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A (much cheaper) alternative?
Review by: MacGimpy, 2010-08-25
OK, so I'll admit that I'm not interested in shelling out $50 for two of these (after all, you *do* want to tie into both anchors, if possible, don't you?) I'm just wondering why two suitable lengths of cord (or webbing) with figure-8 loops on either end and a couple evenly-spaced alpine loops in between couldn't be girth-hitched to your belay loop and then clipped at the appropriate loop to the anchors/belay to give you the right amount of distance? Am I missing something?
Review by: mjwestla, 2008-12-12
I've had one of these for about 8 months or so. I'm very fond of it but like all equipment, be mindful of how you use it.
- Dedicated piece of hardware (clear purpose, won't get used for something else, known history)
- Easy to select a good distance from the anchor point due to the variable length / multiple loops.
- It clips onto your harness pretty tidily
- Fast to adjust if you want to take in some slack by clipping a closer loop with another biner. You don't need to undo the original clip in point to do this either so that's nice and safe.
- ***Major plus that I haven't seen noted above: If you clip in to the power point with a mid-length loop it's possible to clip two loops at the anchor and then clip the tail back to your belay loop for a redundant pair of loops connecting you to the anchor. This will also work nicely for an extended rappel point so you have some redundancy there as well.
- Dedicated piece of hardware. (not useful for anything else)
- Expensive compared to using a couple slings.
- Even with the tidy clip in length, other gear may get snagged on it occasionally.
- This thing is not stretchy. Don't fall onto bolts or other stuff as it won't cushion the blow and may impart a serious impact to the anchor point. I suspect it's a bit like being a human funkness device, similar to falling onto a daisy chain.
- Attachment point Doesn't rotate to spread wear and tear: With so many loops there are a lot of areas to inspect to make sure it's not wearing out somewhere. One thing that people may not consider here is that if you are using a single loop, if any of these loops fail you are toast if you aren't using a rope tie-in too (I do this). On the same note, having a dedicated end for girth-hitching to your harness means the same point of contact between this and your harness and the same point of wear and stress for the material. Bottom line: Inspect your gear.
So easy and simple
Review by: elnero, 2007-04-11
This little bit of webbing is great, just a few dollars more than a daisy, but with way more safety. I can clip into the anchors, set up my rap on one of the loops, metolius shows pictures of usings the PAS instead of a sling..for whatever reason...the only complaint I have with this thing is that sometimes it feels just a little on the short side.
Review by: mdavid01, 2006-06-19
The PAS was great for keeping the belay stations organized. Yosemite with three people on multi pitch climbs just proved this all the more.
I can't imagine the pain of using my slings now, and won't have to.
Review by: meesier42, 2006-04-16
I used to use a runner for this, well this thing blows it away, lets, me clip the master point easily and pick how far from the point I want to stand/hang which is so incredibly handy to belay the second.