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Scott in NYC

Scott in NYC wrote a review of on June 13, 2003

5 5

I've used this now for ice climbing and canyoneering. On the ice, I used it primarily for belaying, and this always works great, no matter how wet the rope is or how frozen it is. In the canyons I used it primarily for rapping, and this was on 9mm double rope, which the reverso is great for. It took me a while to figure out a smooth method of getting it on and off the rope without risking it falling off a 200' high cliff. The trick is rotating the device 90 degrees while taking on/off - it's all about opening the biner to insert or remove the sope, while quickly closing the biner still on the device. With little maneuvering room and often cold, wet hands, even with gloves on, a slip might mean your device is gone. I love it. Simple. Effective.

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Scott in NYC

Scott in NYC wrote a review of on June 13, 2003

4 5

I bought these as my first pair, and chose the high end of the spectrum because of the recommendation from the sales guy and that they are adjustable. I can switch between double and single point, and even with single, slightly turn them in or out by adjusting the boot clip. They initially rusted only the first time, but after that were fine. I take care of them, oiling and keeping dry. Great so far. Can't wait for snow. I suppose the only drawback may be that there is no strap completely around the boot, meaning if you were mountaineering and they came off, you might lose them. But being on vertical ice, never had them slip off. Just make sure you get them on tight.

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Scott in NYC

Scott in NYC wrote a review of on May 9, 2003

5 5

I've used the Ecrin Roc since 1999 and it is still going strong. Primarily for caving, this thing takes abuse. I initially hated the choice of Red or white, as everyone looked alike. So I painted it. I've also drilled holes to mount headlamps and integrity is still strong. What is probably best is what NO photo ever shows - the INSIDE of the helmet. The suspension system is superior to all others. It is not foam, nor flimsy plastic. It is solid and adjustable. This is why it is good.

I've dragged this thing through mud, across gravel, and banged my head on the ceiling of caves countless times (it's dark in there and you are watching where you walk). I've submerged it. It always stays on tight.

It isn't the lightest, but the best.

I just ordered 2 from this site, for my caving club. Truthfully, I did it only because they were on sale and free shipping. But that speaks for BCS - where service is great and I feel they will be around a long time.

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Scott in NYC

Scott in NYC wrote a review of on April 23, 2003

5 5

I wanted adjustable leg loops, something the Arc Vapor doesn't have. This harness is comfortable belaying or holding your fallen comrade in the gym while he ponders returning to the route. It is so simple and efficiently designed with metal buckles - I am scared of the plastic ones on other harnesses - and good minimal padding. It is sleek and light, and just simply looks good. I am devoted to this brand and own a Kappa and Gamma jackets too.

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Scott in NYC

Scott in NYC wrote a review of on April 22, 2003

4 5

I have a couple original Tikkas from late 2001/early 2002. Can't remember, but it was right when they came out. I bought them for backup lights for caving as they are hardly adequate for a primary source, being not bright enough. The size was the big seller, as was the LED. I removed the straps and wire-tied it into small holes drilled in the helmet (for less weight). They perform beautifully, but 2 problems. First is the switch - sticks over time, but I think Petzl has improved it - so be aware. I always find a rock and jam it on. Second was it not being waterproof. This may not affect non-cavers, but if it gets wet, the batteries rust as do the contacts. It can be cleaned, but only 85%. Best use is around camp, backup light, occasional use, and light hiking/backpacking when saving weight. You can't go wrong there.

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