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Adjustable daisy (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Webbing: Daisy Chains

Great, but very heavy 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: USnavy, 2011-04-21

These adjustable daises are the best on the market in terms of functionality. They are the only daises that can be released under a load. However they are very heavy, they weigh in at 207g which is a bit heavier then Yates claims they weigh on their website. Two of them weigh more than four Black Diamond nylon daises. But the functionality is unquestionable.

Glider 10.5MM And 10.2MM Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Climbing Ropes: Dynamic Single Ropes

One of the best ropes on the market! 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: USnavy, 2010-07-05

I purchased the 10.5mm x 70m sunset colored version. I mainly purchased this rope for multi-pitch sport on sharp limestone in Mexico. I ended up using this rope to climb Timewave Zero, IV / V, 23 pitches and The Nose, VI, 31 pitches. I have also used it on about 120 pitches worth of multi-pitch sport before bringing it on the two walls listed previously. I fall on it regularly (up to 30'), and even after climbing the two walls, its still in great shape. It clips very well and itís very smooth. As the name suggests, it "glides" across the rock which produces a noticeable decrease in rope drag. The rope has an excellent modulus of elasticity which produces a relatively soft catch despite its high impact force.

However keep in mind that this rope is more difficult to control then other rope of similar diameter. All of the Glider series are a bit thinner then other ropes of equivalent diameter and they are harder to hold on. Consequently I would use caution when belaying with the smaller diameter of the Glider series until you have become accustom to its slippery profile.

The 9.9 mm diameter is perfect for a sport projecting rope. The larger 10.2 and 10.5 is good for wall climbing and heavy use or top roping. If you plan on climbing on gear with this rope keep in mind that this rope does have a very high impact force. My only complaint is the 10.5mm version is a bit on the heavy side (70 g/m).

36V Rotary Hammer Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Tools: Drills

Pure destruction! 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: USnavy, 2010-04-10

This drill is it! It will drill a 1/2" x 3.5" hole in rock hard basalt in under 15 seconds. Not much else to say. It does what its designed to do quite well.

Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Bolts and Hangers

They donít stand the test of time in marine environments 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: USnavy, 2009-09-07

We have about 750 of these hangers on routes in Hawaii. After about 7 - 12 years about 3% of the hangers failed on a standard lead fall. Additionally, many hangers we retire after 10 years are pull tested. Approximately 90% of the hangers we tested fail to meet the UIAA requirement of 20 kN tension and accordingly they fail to meet their rated strength of 22 kN tension.

On the other hand we also use Fixe's 4mm stock 304 SS hangers that are equally as old still fail above UIAA requirements.

So my point is, donít use them in marine environments. Use Fixe's 316 SS 4 mm stock hangers or glue-in's instead. Another worthy note: The powder-coated version corrodes faster then the non-coated version.

Litheon 36V SDS Plus (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67/5

In: Gear: Add-On Climbing Gear: Tools: Drills

This drill destroys all in its path... 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: USnavy, 2009-08-04

This drill completely blows The Annihilator series of drills out of the water. I can drill a 1/2" x 3.5" hole in steel hard basalt in about 10 seconds. The older series Annihilator drill took about 50 seconds to do the same as it only has 1.0 ft. / lb of impact energy and this drill has 2.2. . Bosch was not lying when they stated this was the most powerful cordless drill made.

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