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Cadillac (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.24/5 Average Rating : 4.24/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Harnesses: Adjustable

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: inflight, 2003-11-19


Pros: Wide back and leg loops provide noticeable comfort that is addicting. 6 gear loops provide ample opportunities to store an enormous amount of rack and additional items. Dual front buckles keep the tie-in point centered as well as the waist belt. Warm fleece lining. Durable and easy-to-use leg loop adjuster (this is the straps connected to the back of the leg loops used to adjust it's height and in place). Leg loops can be dropped for relief.

Cons: thin belay loop. can't adjust risers as in the Metolius Contour harnesses. Restricts high step movements depending where you place the leg loops on your leg. The higher the better.

A harness for big wall and trad climbers because it provides comfort and ample gear storage.


Ball Nutz Protection (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: inflight, 2003-10-20


The design or concept is unique and solves the problem of how to protect thin cracks where TCU's cannot. The problem is several however: 1. The cabling is poor quality. Wired nuts uses 717 cabling where 7 strands are wrapped around one core made of 7 strands. The ball nuts are 7 strands twisted. THis is an inferior design flaw. THe result is lse durability in the gear. I have have one strand of thw twisted seven already break so I will now toss the piece and kiss my $25 goodbye. I did not even use it that much. Great design but need refinement.


Brass offset nuts Average Rating = 4.75/5 Average Rating : 4.75/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: inflight, 2003-10-17


I've used the larger brassies in trad climbing and they work well in flaring constrictions such as pin scars and pockets. I have found more placements with these nuts than BD stoppers covering the same range. In fact, I have found more placements with all HB offsets than the standard nut. These brassies are small and hence the holding power is lower than a bigger nut, in theory. Know what you are getting into before you run it out on a brassie. In fact, you should not.


Fat Cam (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.11/5 Average Rating : 4.11/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: inflight, 2003-09-26


Great for parallel cracks but not as good for tighter situations such as pods. Their range is not as good as Black Diamond Camalots. This gear has worked well for me in desert cracks of Utah and the soughtwest US due to their fit and surface contact. The most solid cams I own. Buit well.


Off set nuts Average Rating = 4.60/5 Average Rating : 4.60/5

In: Gear: Archive

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: inflight, 2003-09-26


For flaring cracks and slots, I have found these items to work best due to their likeness in shape of these types of formations. One drawback is the durability of the wire. The #6-7 wire kinks quite easily and early on. It needs refinement in the manufacturing to correcting this problem and increase it's durability and life. My first choice for nuts.

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