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Stop Descender popular Average Rating = 3.60/5 Average Rating : 3.60/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: coldclimb, 2006-09-27


I've been using the Stop every day for several months on a job. This device gets a two only because it manages to stay on the rope and thus mostly prevents dying. Other than that I have little good to say about the Petzl "Go". It has been my experience that this device doesn't work well on wet ropes, dry ropes, new ropes, ropes between 9mm and 12mm, or just ropes in general. Best used with a backup to prevent unwanted decking. I have personally been dropped free-fall by the stop (thank God and OSHA for backups) and have witnessed several other droppings and deckage even WITH backups. I have also personally experienced and witnessed repeated seizures requiring great amounts of effort to make the rappel go anywhere. In short, the grigri is preferable by a wide margin.

Pros: it's definitely easy to rig and unrig.


SlackDog (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: coldclimb, 2005-03-12


An awesome tool that every slacker should have. Makes setting up a line by yourself exponentially easier, and is just a TON better than knots. I love it. The only reason it doesn't get a five is because it's not uberstrong. I exploded mine once. Repairs were successful, but the stronger slackdog is better.


Ropemaster Rope Bag (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.62/5 Average Rating : 4.62/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Climbing Ropes: Rope Bags and Tarps

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: coldclimb, 2004-12-28


The single strap suspension on this bag is a major downside. If it weren't for the great design and strength of the rest of the bag, this wouldn't make a 3. The bag works excellently in all respects except the carrying system, which is such an annoying hassle that I honestly wouldn't buy it again. If you plan on carrying it inside your pack everywhere you go though, I definitely don't have anything else bad to say about it. :D


Slack Jack Starter Pack (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

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Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: coldclimb, 2004-11-13


Definitely a five star kit! The slack jack is an awesome tool, and this kit has everything anybody could want to start their slackline training. Can't beat this.


Peak1 Apex (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

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Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: coldclimb, 2004-11-13


Not a bad stove in any way. Packs up nicely, and is easy to get set up and cooking. One fuel filling lasts a couple of days, and it cooks nice and fast compared to others I've seen. The only reason I don't give it five is that it's not so great in subzero weather. Not bad, but just not great. Overall, definitely worth the money though.

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