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Anasazi Moccasym Climbing Shoes (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.48/5 Average Rating : 4.48/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Slippers

Review 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: bradhill, 2004-06-02


These shoes felt great climbing but started to delaminate on me after less than ten pitches and totally fell apart after less than fifty. The rubber of the shoe pulled completely off my toe and hung limply below my foot when crack climbing. I tell you, it's GREAT to be on lead with nothing but slippery dried-up glue for traction. Total crap. Don't buy 'em.


Zero Camming Devices Average Rating = 3.86/5 Average Rating : 3.86/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: bradhill, 2004-05-03


Aliens are the only close competitior to Zeros, and I would recomomend the Zeros for three reasons: double loop, extendable slings, cam stops down to the smallest sizes and the incredible flexible head that makes wacky, bottomed-out, shallow placements feel quite secure. I wish I could get this same technology in larger sizes, to the #1 and #1.25 Friend range.


Technical Friends Camming Devices Average Rating = 4.57/5 Average Rating : 4.57/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: bradhill, 2004-04-29


This is definitely a good product, but I have some issues with long-term durability. The trigger wires on these cams seemed to get f*#$^d up pretty easily on the 2.5-4 sizes. Most of the older tech friends I see have twisted triggers that are hard to grab or one set of cam lobes will be lopsided when fully extended. The only other brands of SCLDs I've seen of similar age, Camalots and Forged Friends, seemed to make it to old age in better shape than Tech Friends.


Enduro Screwgate (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.09/5 Average Rating : 4.09/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: bradhill, 2004-04-29


I returned the two of these I bought. The rivets on the gate are not inset, so they are not perfectly flush against the rounded surface, creating a sharp edge. It doesn't seem to be a problem with all of them, but it is on many, so feel around the rivets before you buy and find one that's not going to cut up your rope and runners.


Locking D Carabiner - SMC Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: bradhill, 2004-04-29


This is an excellent product. While a bit larger and heavier than some lockers, I like the extra strength and wide body for my belay tie-in and anchor power points where a factor 2 fall is possible. The excellent quality and workmanship reenforces my feel-good fuzzies. It seems just better made than any other locking biner I have - not a hint of a sharp edge anywhere, with beveled inset rivets, and the action on the screwgate sleeve is smoother than any Petzl, BD or OP locker I own. It also comes in cool fully-anodized colors for a few bucks extra.