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Branch/Rope Protection
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Type of Use 
 
4.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
2.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
5.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Portability 
 
4.0

Bulky and strong - can make your own easier

I'm writing this post-ownership. I recommend two things: Be careful with this when you retreive it and get the steel version. Mine fell and hit a rock on the way down. While the webbing is strong, the rings were not and the huge dent in the ring meant I had to get rid of it or risk failure on a climb.

A much cheaper alternative is to use 1 inch tubular webbing tied together with a water knot with different sized aluminum rings attached. I have used this often on huge branches and it is great. It's cheaper and lighter than the Buckingham while still maintaining around 4,000lbs of strength (basket hitch + water knot). I have also seen people use a rope with an anchor hitch on each end.

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