Reviews for Soloist
Average Rating : 4.89 out of 5
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Very good but...
Review by: ycamus, 2011-03-12
Very good device especially you can lead, rap and second using it... Put enough back up knots for inverted falls. A knot will never go through that device, a great safety feature. 4* not 5 cause the Silent Partner takes the cake... with some disadvantages though (good only to lead, poor for rapping, worthless to second)
Review by: flipnfall, 2008-08-26
I've been using this same device for about 15 years now and it's simple and easy to use. Like the MFG says, it's best to use this device with a shoulder harness to avoid it getting between your legs and failing to lock because it can't invert itself. Though I've used it several times without a shoulder harness, the shoulder harness configuration is by far the safest way to use it.
Review by: napoleon_solo, 2008-08-21
I used to use the Petzl Croll backed up with the Mini-Traxion for self-belaying, but the long-term wear and tear on my rope caused me some concern about my rope's longevity even though I have only TR soloed heretofore. Now I use the Soloist in place of the Croll. The feed is almost as good and there are no teeth to bite into your rope's sheath. Some may complain about the necessity for a chest harness, but this doesn't bother me in the least since it's what I used in my Croll/MT set-up as well.
Review by: forkliftdaddy, 2006-08-31
I'm pretty dang pleased with my Soloist. Using it is a lot of work, but then again I like climbing alone. Also, be warned that it makes a lousy rappel device -- I scared the crap out of myself rapping on it. It chattered and the sheath of my rope bunched up underneath it. Now I just carry a rap device with me. I prefer using hand tied webbing as my shoulder harness and connect it with a Petzl Omni Screw-Lock biner -- 20kN when loaded three ways!
Review by: surfceo, 2006-08-27
Solid - Solid - Solid! Also has neat auto lock/block feature for repelling. I would suggest it over the silent partner because you donít have to tie off to rope to your harness. Get a padded chest harness if you plan on using it a lot.