Stronger and lighter.
- Note: Sterling doesn't recommend using these slings for dynamic falls because they offer little elongation
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Light, but not TOO light.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Every trad climber needs lots of shoulder slings for long alpine routes, and these are the perfect balance of beefy construction and light weight, slim profile-ness. I think it's important for every piece of gear on my harness to serve more than one purpose, and these slings fit that criteria. I've had other, lighter slings that I've used in the past, but I've never felt comfortable using them as part of my anchor system, or as a prusik back-up for my belay hand. With these slings I feel much more comfortable (even though Dyneema shouldn't be used in an anchor system, we know necessity is a mother and you sometime need to make the best of a tough situation).
In terms of wear, after half a season of climbing on alpine granite in Washington state, these slings are showing much less fruzzing than other dyneema slings I used from other brands.
Does the job
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Can't have too many of these, they are slim enough to rack easily and weigh next to nothing. An extra double sling never hurts. My only regret is leaving a couple behind for a bail...