vineet parkhe

vineet parkhe

Climbing: Red River Gorge, New River Gorge; Snowboarding: random hills in oh, pa and ny; Backpacking: Adirondacks

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vineet parkhe

vineet parkhe wrote a review of on September 12, 2010

better than the grigri at a fraction of the weight
5 5

The smart is the ultimate single rope belay device out there (there's a two rope version coming out soon so you can use it to rap too). It feeds as fast as you can pull rope through a carabiner, it locks off instantly, and when the leader is hangdogging it doesn't kill your belay hand/arm cos it doesn't rely on you maintaining the friction. It naturally pinches the rope tight and doesn't slip.

Buy this over a grigri - its lighter, has no moving parts to get sand in and gum up, and feeding is so much easier. Although, like a grigri, you must spend some time learning how to use it. Just like a grigri, lowering and feeding are more involved than a non locking atc style tube device and the manual is your best friend here.

Check out the picture for its best work so far - 40 foot fall with no damage except to our psyches

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vineet parkhe

vineet parkhe wrote a review of on September 12, 2010

One of the best on the market
5 5

Keylock on top is perfect for clipping bolts and never gets hung up while cleaning. Bottom wiregate has super smooth action, a nice wide surface to clip against, a huge opening to fit even the fattest sausage fingers, and no gate whiplash so they're safer.
Both crabs have perfect spring tension - never too stiff when it gets desperate, but they still make a reassuring click when shut. Yeah, the skinny dyneema has a tendency to twist but that's the price you pay for lightweight draws like these. Only thing, I wish they offered them in different lengths

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