Review by: tradklime, 2004-06-19
I was skeptical, but I needed a device to replace my TRE (I have worn it to the point it doesn't lock up well on ropes 10 mil or skinnier). I was torn whether to get the single or double, but decided on the single based on the size, and that I wouldn't be draggin it up many trad routes. My thoughts were to get a Grigri, wait for the cinch, or get a Wild Country SRC. I gave the hewbolt a shot on an outside chance, and I'm glad I did. I'll base my review by comparing it to a Grigri, since that's the standard in auto locking devices.
Ease of feeding rope is about the same as a Grigri, but that's where the comparison ends. It's lighter and smaller. It has no moving parts. It will still function if the rope is feed wrong. You can easily keep your fingers around the rope when feeding. When feeding rope, it is unlikely that you could prevent it from locking in case of a fall (hard to explain, its a leverage thing). It's not made by a French mega corporation, its made by an American small business. I'll update if I think of more...
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