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Spider Dyneema Sling - 11cm Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Quickdraws

scary 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: shimanilami, 2009-03-25


I love the gate action, and the unique nose shape makes it really easy to clip and unclip bolts. My only gripe is that the nose is quite sharp. It could easily fishhook your hand if it was on the rope-end 'biner, and you made a clumsy grab for the draw. (Ouch!)


Stopper Nuts (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.45/5 Average Rating : 4.45/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Passive: Nuts and Stoppers

They're OK 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: shimanilami, 2007-06-13


They are simple and easy to use. How can you go wrong?

The only way they could be better is if they were HB Offsets.


Cirque Pro Approach Shoe - Womens Average Rating = 2.91/5 Average Rating : 2.91/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Approach Shoes

Cirque Pro 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: shimanilami, 2007-05-06


These shoes are great for scrambling and moderate free climbing, but they are not built to last. It took me only one big wall to completely wear through the toe box on both shoes. And the soles are totally bald. I've had them 3 weeks and they're dead.

I'm sad because they were so comfortable and climbed so well, but unless you can afford to blow through $90 every couple of months, I cannot recommend them.


Airlock 2 Twistlock (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Carabiners: Locking Carabiners: Auto-lockers

Twistlock airlock 2 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: shimanilami, 2007-03-02


It's a great belay 'biner. The notchless nose is a great feature (the picture above is of the original model, which is no longer produced.) and it's huge.

The one complaint I've got is that with enough use and abuse, the lock can become sticky, and sometimes get stuck in the open position. If you become lax about checking to ensure that the gate has autolocked ... well, it might not autolock ... and you're left in a potentially dangerous position.


GripMaster popular Average Rating = 2.71/5 Average Rating : 2.71/5

In: Gear: Training & Accessories: Training

Grip master 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: shimanilami, 2006-12-19


The Gripmaster is no substitute for actually climbing, but I've found that it helps with recovery. Maybe it's all in my head, but it seems that if I squeeze the Gripmaster on my drive home after a workout, my forearms feel looser the next day. (Squeezing lactic acid out, perhaps?) At any rate, it doesn't completely suck.

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