Review Detail

 
Combination Devices
(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.

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