Climb unrestricted in the alpine with the Black Diamond Spinner Leash.
- Item #BLD0482
- Q & A
It broke on the first climb
- 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.
Just as you would expect...
If you want one get one...
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.
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.
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)
won't drop a tool
*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.
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.
The wire gates don't look quite secure, with no hook at the end for the gate to latch onto. Has anyone experienced a tool popping out?
I can't speak to long term usage but these have saved a tool for me a few times. The carabiners held very well. I wouldn't trust them for much more than the weight of a tool. The gates do close behind the hook of the biner and would take some force to pull the wire open.
The wiregates pop out of the biner body all the time. It is easy to do with your fingers by pushing them sideways.