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Reviews by vdotmatrix (5)

Rambo Evolution 4 Crampons (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Crampons

RAmbo-4 Monopoint 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: vdotmatrix, 2010-12-20

Nice monopoint config. rigid frame. Sweet!

Turbo express Ice screw (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 3.92/5 Average Rating : 3.92/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Protection

BD turbo express screw 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: vdotmatrix, 2007-02-20

Great screw. rack well. screw well when kept sharp. i own 11 of these screws. the only thing is the knobby deal is a bit small with bulky gloves. and it looks like they would shred gloves if you do not consciously watch the screwing process. BUT overall great. Althought the Grivel screw might be cool that big handle contraption is a pain to rack.

Rambocomp Evo 2 (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.75/5 Average Rating : 4.75/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Crampons

Rambocomp Evo 2 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: vdotmatrix, 2007-02-20

i have used these brand new this season but i have configured in monopoint. I LOVE THESE CRAMPONS. if the rambos 4's are an improvement to these i'd be amazed. these work so well and i wouln't know the difference just climbing nei-3 and 4's.

Quark Ergo (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50/5

In: Gear: Alpine & Ice Climbing: Ice Axes and Hammers

ERGOS 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: vdotmatrix, 2007-02-02

I love these tools. I just found the handle a little small and just bought the nomics.
The ergos swing great. I have teathers so i won't drop them . I love not being tied to tools.

Shunt Ascender (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.12/5 Average Rating : 4.12/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Petzl Shunt: Mechanical Prussic 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: vdotmatrix, 2006-11-17

While climbing in Kootenai Canyon south of Missoula years ago, i had to rap down under a roof to retrieve some gear. I had to let go of my brake hand and fiddle with some gear. My full weight on the rope welded my prussic cord to the rope and there I was under a roof project, where i was stranded for the better part of 2 hours, in the drizzle and twillight....This was before I started carrying a sharp knife, before Vertical Limit, before I always carried runners, t-blocks and smoke flares. Anyway, I wanted to get as far away from prussics as possible when i bought a Petzl Shunt-a mechanical prussic. The thing is relatively heavy. You need a little extra gear to use it. But on full length rappels I like it over an auto-block, which is slow and if it isn't slow , I am always worried of sawing through the auto-block with rope friction- which is a matter of preference. I use it on bigger climbs when I want a little extra margin....the heck with my lightweight, purist 5 peice gear rack climbing collegues who hate to see anyone with more than 6 pieces on their rack or extra gear.....screw them...... Try this thing, it has a good use when ya need it for that. BAMMMM!