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Armaid - Self Care Therapy for Forearms, Wrist, Hand and Elbow Problems (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Training & Accessories: Training

tennis elbow 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: bkboyd, 2009-04-05

I recently developed a bad case of tennis elbow in both arms. Early onset was characterized by a dull ache in my forearms, followed by more pronounced pain in the forearms, then sharp pain in the elbows. My ortho suggested massage as one possible treatment option. I had several sessions of deep tissue and trigger point massage that were very helpful in alleviating pain. The downside of massage is that the sessions are expensive and time consuming.

The Armaid device does a great job at approximating deep tissue. When you insert your arm in the device, one side has a rubber roller, while the other side has three rotating balls. You can either roll your arm through the device, or focus on trigger points. By gripping the top of the device, you can adjust the pressure. Having tried other self-massage tools, none have been able to come up with a level of intensity of a trigger point session with a masseuse as well as the armaid. You can also adjust the degree of firmness by swapping out parts there are three sets of roller balls that range from hard to soft.

By rotating the device, you can also massage the lower side of your forearms. You could also use this on biceps and triceps as well. I spent most of my day at a keyboard, and have starting using this to massage my hands as well.

Ive incorporated the armaid into a broader set of activities stretching, weights, heat and cold and Ive been able to resume climbing after taking about six weeks off. Overall, I think it has been very helpful.

Lightning Pro 9.7 mm DoubleDry Rope Average Rating = 4.17/5 Average Rating : 4.17/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Climbing Ropes: Dry Ropes

Lightning Pro 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: bkboyd, 2006-11-17

Here's a photo of my Lightning Pro taken about a year and a half ago:

I noticed the sheath damage on the first day out with this rope, after about four pitches. The sheath was cut through completely on one side, and a large chunk of the core was pulled out. I had been climbing in Sedona, which isn't the most abrasive rock in the world. No leader falls, but some hanging on the lead, one or two rappels, and a couple of falls on TR.

I called Bluewater the next day, and offered to ship them the rope for testing. I also offered to send them all of the product tags that came with the rope, in case lot numbers might be helpful for QC. BW promised to have someone get back to me, and they never did, even though I sent a follow-up in writing.

From the other reviews, my experience seems very atypical. This was my first Bluewater lead rope, and I've since gone back to Beal.