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Sarken Leverlock Crampons Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Crampons

excellent 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: brent_e, 2009-01-15


I have the newest version (post recall). these are great and versatile crampons. I have grown to like the sidelock having used it on the dart - no problems! Antiballing plates work well. nice frontpoint configuration.


Dart Lever Lock Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Crampons

good stuff 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: brent_e, 2007-01-15


I bought these before the 06/07 ice season and used them drytooling before I got on ice. They worked well drytooling, but you REALLY have to strap them tight to get the heel to stay locked down....on my superalpinistas it was this way, anyhow. I finally got to try them on ice and they are terrific. They feel really solid frontpointing. The sidelock system is finicky and take some time to get adjusted, but aside from all these things they climb ice so well I have to give them a 5/5. If you can, cover up the heel spur with a piece of tape/silicone hose if you aren't using them on ice as they catch the rope, slings, your butt, etc.



Helix Screw Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Protection

these rock 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: brent_e, 2007-01-15


I've got to place these on most of the climbs I've got on and they are terrific. They don't have quite the versatility of the 360 regarding placement in tight spots, but they still have a small platform. I like them much better than BD's Turbo express. They rack nicely, too. as tallnik said, "what's not to like?" OH, they're cheap, too!


Cinch Belay Device popular Average Rating = 4.22/5 Average Rating : 4.22/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: brent_e, 2006-08-22


got it last year and started belaying on drytool routes with it this year. feeding EXCELLENT - much smoother than a gri gri. it locks off great, too. I've belayed a second with it with ease. One gripe is releasing after a larger fall, but it's easy enough to give it a 5/5. I'm happy with it. If the new cinch improves on this that is excellent!


Turbo express Ice screw (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.92/5 Average Rating : 3.92/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Protection

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: brent_e, 2006-04-21


they do rack well, as Jimdavis stated, but after that, i'd rather have 360's for every reason. Or even Grivel Helix screws.

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