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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Soooo?. saw the other reviews and thought I could add a little. I have never messed with this clever tool. Both on flat glacier ice and waterfall ice. I have however hung with 3 guys on two screws in the pitch black Alaska night in January with frozen gloves. This was happening while one of us was working on the third old fashion v-thread. This is not knock on him? it was hour 12 and everyone was tired. Accuracy is great and I will always have one when I am able to spare the weight. I do have a few issues.
The pick used to grab the cord is perfect??. it is however a little tricky to get un sheathed from its packed position. I have managed to bend the metal hook several times. Oh! Something to mention?.. the metal hook also has a sharp serrated section for cutting things? probably rope. If you are like me, I very much don't like to cary an extra little climbing knife and its nice to have it on something I am always carrying.
Unnecessary piece of gear
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My climbing partner bought one of these after one of our trips and seeing me make V-threads (Abolokovs) the "old" way. I was excited to try it out and was incredibly disappointed by it. We tried over and over to get it to function on our hanging belay up on a waterfall with no success. Eventually I just did one the "old" way first try. Even later just messing around with it back down on the ground it was still coming up useless.
So here is my opinion. Don't buy this item, just learn how to make an Abolokov the "old" way. Its faster, easier, and you don't have to haul a silly piece of plastic with you. Practice at ground level and you'll become a pro in no time.
I would agree with the other reviews that is a "nice to have", but not essential item. Used mine on glacier ice in Austria and it works well on flat ice, but not so nice on irregular ice
For the ice climber who has everything...
My climbing partner bought this about a year ago. On very flat ice (like glacier ice) it works 100% of the time. However, on irregular waterfall ice it has a tendency to miss. I would not recommend this product considering the cost and weight. Make a V-threader out of a wire coat hanger and save your money.