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Genesis Superdry 8.5mm x 60m Dry Half Rope Average Rating = 4.86/5 Average Rating : 4.86/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Climbing Ropes: Dynamic Single Ropes

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: darkside, 2005-04-29


I am now on my second set of Genesis ropes and will happily replace them with the same eventually. They handle great and give a nice catch (not that I've tested them too much). I ended up using my first pair for more years than you're supposed to but they still held up well.
The dry coating has performed well too when conditions have been a little wet whilst ice climbing.


Half Dome Helmet (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 3.35/5 Average Rating : 3.35/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Helmets

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: darkside, 2004-10-23


One of the reasons I liked the helmet was the good reviews it got for side impact protection. However after using for a short while I found the way it slipped back on the head to be annoying. Trying to compensate for this by tightening the velcro just made it uncomfortable and I took to wearing a bandana or thin liner touque to stop the slipping. A warm option in summer though unfortunately. The slipping was a big negative for me as I think it needs to stay in the proper position to protect the noggin.


Elios Helmet (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.33/5 Average Rating : 4.33/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Helmets

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: darkside, 2004-10-23


This is a nice lightweight helmet that has served me well throughout many lumps of ice aimed at my head. The slim profile makes it compact for rockclimbing in tight spaces. The adjustment wheel makes changing the size easy when wearing a touque underneath.


Quark M and P (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.64/5 Average Rating : 4.64/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: darkside, 2004-03-10


I bought these when they first became available and have never regretted it. They are great for all types of waterfall ice from hard vertical swinging to hooking cauliflowers and stepped out bulges.
They work OK for alpine climbing including plunging in soft snow but when the snow becomes really hard packed, the big pinkie protector/rest can make plunging harder.


360 Ultimate (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.44/5 Average Rating : 4.44/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Protection

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: darkside, 2004-03-10


Not a bad screw but the handle makes racking a pain and can get caught up with other gear.
Good for belays or in narrow runnels where other screw hangars may hit obstructions.

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