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Robot Cams (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.23/5 Average Rating : 4.23/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: sgorman, 2005-04-28


unless you're on a serious budget, these guys aren't really worth it. my bro dropped about ten feet one time when lowering when one of these walked right out of a crack and zippered the next two pieces. the action just isn't tight enough, and the cams are really close together, so they pivot really easy. again, though, if you really can't pay the extra ten or fifteen bucks for much nicer cams, these will do the job


Gigi Belay Device (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sgorman, 2005-02-20


i love my gigi. if i could find it, I would love it even more... my only qualm is that it doesn't get a whole lot of friction on repels...i.e. be careful if you've got a pack on, or even if you don't just don't go too fast. overall, it's a great little device and a lifesaver on blind belays and such.


Anodized Rockcentrics Set (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Passive: Hex, tricams, etc

Review 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: sgorman, 2004-11-10


As the others have said, a bomber hex placement is generally very comforting, however it's not always so easy to place these hexes. And, I would argue, whether or not you trust cams more or less than hexes, cams are MUCH easier to place. On bumpy granite, for example, hexes do not mold to the shape of the crystals sticking out from the rock like cams do, thus they can be very unstable if not on smooth rock. They are probably much better in horizontal cracks than vertical, but I'll be honest, mine usually stay at the bottom of the climb, so they haven't gotten alot of use. These are a good set of protection to have, for anchors and whatnot, but I've never found them easy to place on lead.


Kaos (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.40/5 Average Rating : 4.40/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Velcro

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: sgorman, 2004-04-21


i love my kaos. I've had them about two weeks, but they're fitting nicely and climb really well. nice edging, pretty good smearing, overall a very solid shoe. Definitely recommended, and anyone who buys these can't help but appreciate the effort that the owner puts into making sure that everyone is happy.


Cobra Shoe (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.46/5 Average Rating : 4.46/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Slippers

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: sgorman, 2003-12-09


definitely a great slipper, it breaks in really nice ( and ALOT too, I downsized 3 sizes). Not the most lasting, however, or perhaps my technique is lacking. The big toes wore through after about 6 months of climbing on average 2 times per week. Very little problems with delaminating, stitching or other craftsmanship. overall a solid performance on the rock, and certainly a good gym shoe