Review by: jstp, 2004-06-10
Solid units from one of the best manufactures out there. I own .2 and up and have used the smallest one. Quality is superb and action is silky smooth. The double axle that is on the .3-.75 is pretty usefull on these smaller units where the advantage is really to help prevent them from getting stuck. It also provides super-strong stops on all sizes with the double axle, which on the fairly small .3 and .4 is appreciated.
The cable is a bit too stiff however, and does cause them to walk if no additional runner is used. The stiff cable can also kink pretty bad if you take a whipper onto a horizontal placement. Nor do they have a large enough loop on the end to clip aiders directly into, which in free climbing is a non-issue (and purportedly going to be rectified in the soon-to-be update of these units). The .1 and .2 are single-axle because of their small size but fall far short of similarly sized units because of the stiffness and size of their main cable which reduces their utility considerably. The larger sizes are excellent additions to any rack, the .5 and .75 belong on every rack, probably in doubles. Unlike their bigger cousins the weight of these units is not as much of an issue due to their size, still the .5 and .75 are somewhat heavier than other small units(but again, reputed to be fixed in the soon-to-be next generation).
Pros: Superb quality, .3 and up are awesome, full strenght cam stops (due to double axle), double axle helps prevent getting stuck.
Cons: Super-stiff stem cables, exposed trigger wires, .1 and .2 pretty limited in usefulness, no direct clip in for aid, expensive.