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Climb unrestricted in the alpine with the Black Diamond Spinner Leash.

Enjoy the freedom of leashless climbing without the danger of dropping a tool thanks to the Black Diamond Spinner Leash. Made from stretchy elastic webbing, the Spinner Leash tethers to your belay loop and features two steel mini-clips that attach to the spike or head of your ice tools. A built-in swivel ensures tangle free thwacking, all the way to the summit.

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5 5

Useful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Few of my friends are using it another season and they are really satisfied.

Useful
1 5

It broke on the first climb

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

Thought this would be a good idea to keep the ice tools from falling. One of the "carabiner" ends broke on the first climb.

5 5

Works

Just as you would expect...

If you want one get one...

4 5

Needs good rope management

This is a useful accessory, especially on longer climbs where dropping a tool may turn a nice outing into a mini epic. The new Nomics have a hidden hole in the handle that is designed to accommodate a short loop of cord to which you clip the spinner leash. Unless you are very tall, the length is quite right. However, as noted by other reviews the leash is not that easy to use and has the potential of tangling around ropes and snagging on all sorts of things. You have to be very careful when seconding, as the two cords will find a way to wrap around the top-rope. It is easier on lead, but it is still possible (and quite easy from my own experience) to clip the ice screw over the spinner leash so that the leash will not allow you to move up. It takes a couple of steps to realize that you are tangled in the cords, so downclimbing may be required to sort things out. As these things tend to happen on the steepest and hardest sections (when one tries to get the screw in and clipped fast) it may be a very unpleasant surprise. In short, there is nothing wrong with the product. As always, the more ropes and cords are in use, the more attention should be paid to rope management. If you are sloppy with it, you will hate this product.

Needs good rope management
5 5

Easy!

Being new to mountaineering I like to use these for ascending. Easy to put on harness,axes and even to stash away back in your pack. Fear of dropping a tool is why I use this product. Good amount of stretch so your not restricted with upward movement. This is not to be hanged on if your using tool as a plunge anchor while putting/taking off gear on slope.

2 5

Great idea, very poor execution.

I bought this, tried it out and I don't use it. I would not recommend this product to anyone.

The clips to attach the leash to the tool are big and bulky. They only work with tools that have a spike on the shaft rather than in the handle. That is, they cannot work on the petzl nomics. (I extended mine with accessory chord so I could use the spinner with my mixed tools... wasn't worth the effort)

Pros:
won't drop a tool

Cons:
*the leash is way too short which means you can't reach high without having to pull up pretty hard. Think resistance training every time you want to reach up.
*when high stepping the leash hangs down low enough to get in the way of your feet.
* when seconding the leashes still get tangled around your top-rope.

Responded on

Most people who use this leash and Nomics put a small loop of cord though the hole in the bottom grip and clip into that. If you are climbing lower angle terrain and using the tool in dagger mode then clipping into the head works better since you won't step on the leash as much.

5 5

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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/