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Ian Lauer

Ian Lauer

Rocky Mountains, Idaho

Ian Lauer's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Climbing

Ian Lauer

Ian Lauerwrote a review of on August 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We bought this harness for our nephew who is 10 and getting into climbing. We bought him a S and it will have TONS of room to grow. We especially appreciate that the padding slides around waist belt, which allows it to be re-positioned for comfort and gear loop access as the waist changes in size. This is a massive problem I have with other harnesses, which cause gear loops to be offset if you use the same harness with bulky clothes or your waist is between sizes.

He noted to us that the comfort was awesome and had no complaints. I would definitely consider replacing my harness (a new Petzl Adjama) with this one.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on August 1, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am a 32in waist, purchased a medium. I found that when adjusted, the left gear loops are either behind my hip or the central tie in is forced several inches to the right of center. This is ergonomically a poor design and personally, makes the harness unuseable.
I tried a large as well, whose gear loops are symmetrical, but the large has a longer yoke on the leg loops which cause the yoke to ride uncomfortably up into the waist tie in point.

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on May 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I started my rack with Camalots years ago and keep coming back. In most ranges they are a superb pieces, and the massive range of the whole set means you can keep one cam type from splitters to off-widths cracks. I have been recently impressed though by the updated Master cams which appear in superior in many ways, but I simply won't be replacing all the BD's because of it. In sized larger than 4, check out the Technical Friends instead. They are wider and have better stability.
Black Diamond has major competition these days and needs to reinvent these (and I don't mean by charging outrageous prices for the UL's)

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Ian Lauerwrote a review of on December 8, 2009

5 5

Iv'e owned three sets now and will probably purchase again. I am hard on gear and these have stood the test of time. They are thick and large to pack compared to others(ex. glidelite). Not so easy to pocket to keep glue warm. I only have touched up glue on one pair which was used for 3 seasons, more due to junk build up than loosing tack. I've used partner's skins and none have seemed to hold as well on the uphill.

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