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Unicender

 
4.2 (2)

unicender

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.2
Type of Use 
 
5.0  (2)
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0  (2)
Durability 
 
4.0  (2)
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0  (2)
Ease of Use 
 
4.0  (2)
Safety 
 
4.0  (2)
Strength 
 
5.0  (2)
Portability 
 
5.0  (2)
(Updated: January 31, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Type of Use 
 
5.0
Frequency of Use 
 
1.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
2.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
3.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

Scary device but very cool idea

I have used this device a couple of times and it's a bit unnerving. Believe me, I climb with all kinds of goofy gear and have rescue trained on many types of gear as well.

I have never seen a device that requires as much rope out to lock as this device does on rappel. The main concern I have with this device is that tree climbers use static lines and a lot of force can be generated on a 2 foot static fall. Add in climbers that climb above their anchors and we have a recipe for disaster.

Rock Exotica claims the slip before break is a device feature. Honestly, I think the manufacturer needs to find a way to make this device lock off more smoothly in mid rappel.

That said, the fact that this device can do SRT and DRT is pretty amazing. I have high hopes for the next version of this device.

Overall rating 
 
4.8
Type of Use 
 
5.0
Frequency of Use 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
4.0
Ease of Use 
 
5.0
Safety 
 
5.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

Unicender leads the way up the rope!

Don't think that I pencil whipped the 5's into the Ratings.

After climbing on the Uni for several years I'm 100% convinced that this tool is the future of tree climbing. The Uni can be used in place of a friction hitch in a traditional DdRT system. The place where it leads every other rope access tool is in SRT though. There is NO other tool that can be used for ascent and descent with NO changeover.

Adding an adjustable tether between the Uni and the harness allows the climber to have it in the perfect place for ascent, movement around the tree, limb walking and descent.

The most common 'complaint' is that the Uni is expensive. Compared to a free friction hitch it is a steep price. But, when performance is compared it is way out in front. After putting together many different SRT access systems the Uni is only a little more expensive than the combined cost of all of the other components.

Over the years I've taken people on first climbs and have put them on the Uni. Then I setup a DdRT system for them. They grown, grimace and struggle with movement.

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