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Jaws Belay Device (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.32/5 Average Rating : 4.32/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: mrtristan, 2003-04-04

I've used this for about two years now and love it. I have both a regular ATC-type device and the Jaws and I have no idea why anyone would not buy the Jaws. For belaying, it has great holding power and everything and for rapelling, like other people have said, just turn it around. I've used it climbing trad, sport, and in the gym, and i dont have a single complaint about it. Great for beginners and experts.

Raven Ice Axe (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.33/5 Average Rating : 3.33/5

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

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: mrtristan, 2003-04-04

This is a great overall ice axe for snow climbing. It's lighter than most and feels sooo nice when holding the head, thanks to the finger grooves.

There are some not-so-nice aspects of this axe, however. The pick is sort of 3D and thicker than most other axes. As a result, it doesnt go into hard water ice as well. It still goes, but not as easily as an axe with a regular-style pick. But since this is not a technical ice climbing axe, its not too much of a problem. It works great for self arresting and whatever else.

Also, the sides of the pick are sort of set back from the top, and snow has the annoying tendency to build up there.

Overall, however, the awesome grip and light weight win the day. I love this ic axe.

Pocket Aider (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.33/5 Average Rating : 4.33/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Webbing: Aiders and Etriers

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: mrtristan, 2003-04-04

These are great for routes where you only will encounter a few moves of aid, or relatively easy aid climbing. It's really nice having them out of the way until you need them, but the 3/4" webbing hurts your feet if you have to stand in it for a while. Still, these are great little aiders to have.