Review by: mjwestla, 2008-12-12
I've had one of these for about 8 months or so. I'm very fond of it but like all equipment, be mindful of how you use it.
- Dedicated piece of hardware (clear purpose, won't get used for something else, known history)
- Easy to select a good distance from the anchor point due to the variable length / multiple loops.
- It clips onto your harness pretty tidily
- Fast to adjust if you want to take in some slack by clipping a closer loop with another biner. You don't need to undo the original clip in point to do this either so that's nice and safe.
- ***Major plus that I haven't seen noted above: If you clip in to the power point with a mid-length loop it's possible to clip two loops at the anchor and then clip the tail back to your belay loop for a redundant pair of loops connecting you to the anchor. This will also work nicely for an extended rappel point so you have some redundancy there as well.
- Dedicated piece of hardware. (not useful for anything else)
- Expensive compared to using a couple slings.
- Even with the tidy clip in length, other gear may get snagged on it occasionally.
- This thing is not stretchy. Don't fall onto bolts or other stuff as it won't cushion the blow and may impart a serious impact to the anchor point. I suspect it's a bit like being a human funkness device, similar to falling onto a daisy chain.
- Attachment point Doesn't rotate to spread wear and tear: With so many loops there are a lot of areas to inspect to make sure it's not wearing out somewhere. One thing that people may not consider here is that if you are using a single loop, if any of these loops fail you are toast if you aren't using a rope tie-in too (I do this). On the same note, having a dedicated end for girth-hitching to your harness means the same point of contact between this and your harness and the same point of wear and stress for the material. Bottom line: Inspect your gear.