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Finally!

I love this product- finally I get to replace my fuzzy homemade version of this. Its use: when you are climbing something gnarly- you don't want a wrist leash to make it difficult to place your gear, but if you drop a tool, you would be up ****'s creek. You can even rest on this in an emergency. The swivel makes switching tools easy. And you can just drop one and let it hang while you do other more important things.

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Works great but sometimes catches on ice fingers and stretches quite a bit, so you wind up having to reach down around your knee to free it. Can be tricky when you’ve already stuck your tools. I figure 8 a sling behind my shoulders and fix the spinner in the front.

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Careful, BD warns against weighting the spinner leashes:

http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/journal/climb-qclab/qclab/qc-lab-how-strong-is-the-spinner-leash/

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MAKE YOUR OWN; safer; stronger; more versatile, 1/2 price:
http://blog.alpineinstitute.com/2010/05/diy-leashless-ice-tool-tetherumbilical.html
You can buy everything you need at Backcountry with the exception of the swivel; I did buy a high quality swivel from hardware source rated to 1,000 pounds (not belay worthy). For my Nomics; I did have to tie 7mm cord loops to the ends of the shaft to accept the lightweight Metolius Inferno biners. These parts are all strong, belay worthy and versatile parts that could get you out of problems in the high country if you need them.

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MAKE YOUR OWN; safer; stronger; more versatile, 1/2 price:
http://blog.alpineinstitute.com/2010/05/diy-leashless-ice-tool-tetherumbilical.html
You can buy everything you need at Backcountry with the exception of the swivel; I did buy a high quality swivel from hardware source rated to 1,000 pounds (not belay worthy). For my Nomics; I did have to tie 7mm cord loops to the ends of the shaft to accept the lightweight Metolius Inferno biners. These parts are all strong, belay worthy and versatile parts that could get you out of problems in the high country if you need them.