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Top-quality workmanship and excellent value. To ensure consistent runner quality Black Diamond uses consistent webbing, thread and processing, which are checked through routine testing and inspection. Available in assorted colors in lengths from 15-120 cm.

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5 5

Can never have enough

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It doesn't matter how many of these runners I get, I always need more. Whether your building trad draws, need to take some rope drag out of a route, building anchors, these will be used. From beginner to expert climbers these are a basic piece of equipment that will come in handy. I have always been satisfied by these and will continue to buy them unless I ever choose to get ice climbing equipment, In which case I would go with dyneema runners. I would recommend having a variety of sizes to fit every need that may come at the crag.

Can never have enough
5 5

Versatile, easy to use

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have many of these slings in my gear closet. They come in handy for many uses: building belay anchors at the bottom of your climb, extending your protection, setting up anchors up top, extending your anchor up top or simply racking up all of your gear.

The fabric is really flexible and easy to manipulate so you can tie many different knots and have different set ups while relying on strength and durability.

5 5

Very soft, easy to use.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great sling but picks up dirt. Holds up great though.

4 5

Incredibly Versatile

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got a bunch of these to set up some alpine draws, and some extras for anchor building, rock slinging, etc.

The Good:
--Cheap, especially nice if you're in a situation where you might not get your gear back.
--Nylon, so you can throw a knot in them and not lose a ton of strength.
--Several different sizes for all your slinging needs (I got half 60 and half 120cm)
--Year of manufacture printed on the tag; no more screwing around with date codes!
--Nice and durable, even after scraping over granite, sandstone, and even a beach-front crag.
--Super handy for racking gear, too, and way cheaper than an actual gear sling.

The Bad:
--Assorted colors; Backcountry sent me a bunch of different colors of each size. I like color-coding things, so getting each size in one color would have been nice. Next time I'll remember to ask.
--The spot where the webbing is sewn into a loop is pretty chunky, and can make it tricky to get your sling legs equalized depending on how you're setting things up.

When these wear out (or they hit their five year mark) I'll more than likely get another set.

4 5

Great slings.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use a 60cm sling just for racking gear and occasionally for slinging into anchors. It's been great this past year. No frays whatsoever. Simple and effective

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

not much to say than they are really cheap and extremely durable. not as ligthweight as the dynema, but works as fine

5 5

My favorite runners

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First used these on a trip to Thailand last year. I was very impressed with how well they stood up to the elements (sand, ocean, etc). I also prefer the feel of these to other runners. They just feel great in your hands.

I girth hitch a 60 cm runner to my harness and use it as a PAS. I tried using the custom PAS products that offer multiple loop lengths, but they were too bulky. Nylon is superior to Dyneema for PAS purposes, especially when you start putting knots in it.

I use the 120 cm ones for anchors or extending anchors. If they made these in 240 cm, I'd probably buy those too.

4 5

Dyneema or nylon?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I suppose there's a place for both. These are good and priced nicely.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I love the solid feel of these runners. I use them to attach the belay device to my harness when rappeling (I use a prusik knot to back up my rapel.
The are very resistant and sturdy, and can definitely take a beating!
They are so cheap that it is good to have them around.
I plan on using one of these to haul gear around.

4 5


I keep a number of these around (shoulder and double shoulder). I clip my gear to them for easy management and storage. I use them as a PAS when cleaning sport routes (I know I don't have anything to worry about with Dyneema, but for some reason the beefier nylon just inspires a little more confidence in my mind). I use them to hang my pack and gear from trees to help keep ants and dirt out of my stuff. I keep 2 of them and a rap ring on my harness when climbing just in case... They are cheap,why not keep a few around?

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are solid, I use the 60cm runners as a personal anchor system for cleaning routes; just girth hitch them to your belay loop and use a locker on the end and you're good to go. Plus they're always nice to have around for setting up anchors.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

affordable, durable, and solid. a little larger than the dynex, but about half the price. always worth having a couple of these on your rack.

5 5

Slick and Cheap

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like these, but prefer the dynex as I am mostly climbing in an alpine environment. I carry two double shoulder lengths of these along with some standard unsewn webbing and have no problem leaving them behind when necessary. That said, on long ridge sections these do frequently find themselves in rotation alongside the dynema for extending protection or using natural features. Great product, cheap, trust BD's sewing abilities better than my knot tying abilities over a long day of climbing.

5 5

Extending Anchors or Gear

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These nylon runners are great for extending anchors at the top of a route to prevent the rope from rubbing over edges. With these runners being nylon, it keeps the price low when compared to dyneema slings. Yet the weight also increases significantly.

5 5

Prefer nylon to dynex

I really like these Black Diamond Nylon Sewn Runners. They are cheap and 100% solid. I trust them way more than dynex sewn runners so for me I don't mind the extra bulk. I also love the easy color coding.

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