/ NEW REVIEW: Metolius Contact Training Board
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=5168
Eighty quid? Jesus.
Any thoughts on how this compares to other options out there - maybe the oft-mentioned beastmaker, or the moon?
I'm interested in the beastm. as an alternative material to usual formed plastic, but haven't got a local wall to go and play!
That's not true, it's only the top row of pockets that are deep, they get shallower as you go down the board until tips only at the bottom.
The main advantage of a beastmaker over this board though is that the wood is not going to rip your skin to shreds whilst your fingers are getting strong.
It's pretty hideous. It's huge. It must weigh an absolute ton. It destroys your tips.
Wooden holds please. I've got a simulator under my bed which nobody wants to buy off me for the exact same reason as stated above. It just isn't as good as the wooden rivals.
I'd go for the BM every time. I sold my Simulator for one and don't regret it. The friction on the Metolius is simply too rough and, as others have said, most of the holds are too large. Not seen this one, but I imagine it's similar. The review could have done with some decent, oblique product shots, rather than people's backs. Plus that Metolius is going to weigh a lot more than a BM!
...maybe the oft-mentioned beastmaker, or the moon, or the crusher?
This just looks a bit rubbish.
The main selling point seems to be that its guaranteed to be symmetric, and I can't say perfect symmetry is one of my key criteria when buying a fingerboard. Other notable features are that it maintains calluses (?) and has nearly 600 holds, all of which look way to big.
Also, it looks suspiciously like this is just the old simulator turned upside down.. http://images.usoutdoorstore.com/usoutdoorstore/products/full/met_simulator_09.jpg
That aside, the may thing that puts me off is how hideous it looks. If i was to mount this indoors i would be embarrassed to allow guests in incase they seen it.
I read these comments gave a little chuckle, then to my astonishment realised it was you that wrote the review. Who on earth let you review a training product? Your comments regarding getting tender fingers and not using chalk are laughable to say the least.
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