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Reviews by ctardi (5)


Ultralight TCU (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.29/5 Average Rating : 4.29/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: ctardi, 2006-07-31


I learnt on TCU's and Technical Friends, so I am biased towards both of them. The TCU is wonderful. Range finder, not so much.

It can get into some fairly tight places that no four camed unit could. I'm a bit sketchey towards aliens, and C4's are a bit rich for my blood, so I just got me a shiney new set of these!

I gave these a four instead of a five because I do not like the range finder. It is a good concept, but it both promotes overcaming, and I find it is usually hard to see the range finding dots. Perhaps it could be fixed by annodizing just the undercammed notification area, leaving the rest silver?

Highly reccomended! I think in the set mine ended up being $42CAD each, and I got 6 of them, and a thing of cam lube.


AmD Triact-Lock Carabiner Average Rating = 3.75/5 Average Rating : 3.75/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Locking Carabiners

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: ctardi, 2005-10-11


I like the size, shape, weight, but not the ball lock. Next time, either william, or screw lock for me.


Light D Carabiner (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.33/5 Average Rating : 3.33/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Non-Locking Carabiners: Straight Gates and Regular D's

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: ctardi, 2005-10-11


Great to have around, nice gate action, cheap, get's the job done.


Frenzy Lace Up Climbing Shoe (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 2.33/5 Average Rating : 2.33/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Lace Up

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: ctardi, 2005-10-11


I'm testing a pair of these out in the gym. On first impression, they are good for face climbing and should be great for crack climbing, thanks to an uber stiff sole. Smearing, not so much. I still keep the trusty 5.10's in the bag for smeary climbs. These are very comfortable shoes. Note: they do not downsize, I take a mens size 9 street shoe, and a mens 8.5 in these shoes.

There has been a problem with the rubber de-laminating, but supossidly that has been fixed. If I had a choice, I would not buy these again.


ATC Belay/Rappel Device (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.31/5 Average Rating : 4.31/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: ctardi, 2005-02-09


Great belay device, cheap, easy, light. Even if it is not your favorite, I reccomend carrying one just for backup!