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Retreever

 
3.5 (2)

Retreever

User reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.5
Type of Use 
 
2.5  (2)
Frequency of Use 
 
2.5  (2)
Durability 
 
3.0  (2)
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0  (2)
Ease of Use 
 
4.0  (2)
Safety 
 
4.0  (2)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
1.0
Frequency of Use 
 
2.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
5.0
Ease of Use 
 
5.0
Safety 
 
3.0

Retreever

I was interested in this tool the first time I saw it at one of Sherrill's catalogs. I use it sometimes but not very often since I have developed alternatives to its use. It is a bit on the way while climbing since it hangs from the side of the saddle. I noticed that the hook is not strong enough and tends to pull straight and releases the rope that you are trying to retrieve. Also the hook tends to gyrate freely on its axis which makes it a bit tricky to handle and control. A nice tool but I have not been getting the most use out of it for the money paid. Try it first before you buy if you can.

(Updated: December 10, 2010)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Type of Use 
 
4.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
1.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
5.0

Retreever - good for throwlines

It's a nice tool, but the bendable wire end could be heftier. It's so easy to re-shape that even a climbing line will slip out of it because the weight of the line pulls the "sickle" straight. It's really cool for snagging throw lines.

I don't want to de-value having this thing - even though I don't use it too often, having it has changed the way I strategize getting around in a tree. You can snag a throwline from very far away. Just make sure you are using a light weight!! I just wish it was strong enough to lift my flipline.

EDIT - The Retreever cut me pretty badly when it hyper-extended past one of its crimped joints and the inner part, which has slits in the metal, tore a nice gash in the bottom of my index finger. And I wasn't going ballistic on it either. So be careful with this thing. You may want to consider the other one listed here. I think that's the one I'm going to get. Sherrill Tree was very cool about the whole thing and credited it for me. I had been using it about a year, only semi-frequently.

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