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Oval Carabiner (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.82/5 Average Rating : 3.82/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Non-Locking Carabiners: Ovals

work-horse 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gaalsent, 2008-07-10


My first biner, and still buying new ones. I climb mostly trad, and find these versatile and durable. Sure they weigh more than the new stuff, but they have a decent kn and can be used for a variety of anchors and rope movements. i dont mind the old design or how other newer biners are "easier" to clip - this guy is tried and true.


Nicros Roof Hold Set Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Training & Accessories: Holds: Roof Holds

Great for the home cave 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gaalsent, 2008-07-10


Bought a ton of these to fill out a couple of roof sections in my basement climbing cave. The texture stays longer than other cheaper brands with the exception of metolius. never had one break either, and thats after 2 years of dynoing to roof holds 5+ days a week.


Multi-Loop Gear Sling (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.20/5 Average Rating : 3.20/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Webbing: Slings

gets the job done 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: gaalsent, 2008-07-10


Have the newer model with a fleece lining, which the shoulders appreciate. i like a well organized rack, so the multiple loops and adjustable features are nice. if you carry a ton of pro, its worth having one of these instead of cord or spectra cutting against your shoulders/neck.


DropZone (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.81/5 Average Rating : 4.81/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Crash Pads

Worth the scrilla 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gaalsent, 2008-07-10


This is my go-to pad. Own two metolious pads and a madrock additionally. the dropzone closure system keeps my swag safe when on approach, and the actual composition of the pad cells make landings more comfortable than other brands. moreover, its relatively comfortable on the back -straps are decent in padding even for a taller climber. plus the fabric makes for a good shoe wipe plus easy cleaning. succumb to the urge...buy it.


Galileo Climbing Shoe popular Average Rating = 4.66/5 Average Rating : 4.66/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

long break-in, but PHENOMENAL shoe 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: gaalsent, 2008-07-09


I wear street 13s, and wear a 13 in galileos, and have a narrow, low volume foot. Bought these after my first pair of Moccasyms failed to give me the required tension. The rubber grips everything from granite slabs to sandstone, but doesnt wear out quickly. Similarly, the velcro straps provide enough closure to make a reasonably tight -but comfortable- fit. Ive had positive experiences heel-hooking, but end up using the velcro straps for toe hooks because the toes lack substantial rubber on top. the rubber is pretty hard -durable and stays put.

A caveat: these will take a solid month or two of intense wear before they break in. I almost despaired, but they stretched -barely- and now i can tolerate them for single pitch and hard bouldering etc.

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