- Reinforced end loops provide additional, full-strength clipping points
- Nylon webbing sheds water to avoid taking on extra weight
- Weighs just over five ounces so it won't bog down your rack or pack
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kinda tacky but great for learning
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This sling was one of the first bits of climbing gear that I purchased. Mainly because I live in rural Kentucky where no one climbs. So I bought everything to build anchors first. That way by the time I had everything I needed to climb I would have some experience in building natural anchors. And I must say, this sling simplified things and I feel confident climbing on it. Also it comes with the convenient little storage pouch which is attached to one of the end loops so you can just attach it to your harness out of the way until you need it while your sport climbing
I've climbing now for 20 years and am very skeptical with all the new gadgets and toys. I like the basics and am afraid we can get distracted with bells and whistles. That being said, I kinda bought this on a whim and now love it. This is a great sling that simplifies anchors down to the basics. Ergo, when teaching anchors to my 10 YO son down at the local crag he's not messing with runners, cordelettes, and quick draws. Would I put this in my pack when heading out on more diverse stuff,? Probably not. However, local crag, three bolts, teaching basics, absolutely. Top rope gear = rope, 3 lockers, 2 biners, and this thing, every time.
How does this work exactly? If I have two...
How does this work exactly? If I have two bolts, I create my anchor, leaving the third runner hanging? And what if one bolt is lower than the other, is that going to put disproportionate weight on one end of this?
The equalizer sling is just a length of webbing with a small loop at each end. You can tie it as shown in the photo, which lets you connect to three pieces of gear, or in other arrangements.
Here's a link to the manual: http://www.metoliusclimbing.com/pdf/equalizer-instructions.pdf
If you just want to make an anchor with two bolts (for example, at the top of a sport route), a double-length sling is a cheaper and more versatile way to go. I attached a photo of my usual setup.
Does it include the 3 locking caribiners...
Does it include the 3 locking caribiners for that price?
The Equalizer does not come with the carabiners included but they can be purchased here: http://www.backcountry.com/metolius-bravo-key-lock-screw-lock-carabiner?ti=UExQIEJyYW5kOkxvY2tpbmcgQ2FyYWJpbmVyczowOjM and they are currently on sale.