/ NEW REVIEW: Best In Gear: Friedrichshafen OutDoor Show 2010
In this first report, you can see the gear and outdoor products that won the Gold awards in the OutDoor Industry Awards - British companies Inov-8 and Terra Nova did great - and have a preliminary look at other products including Wild Country's new Helium Friends, Petzl's GriGri 2, and a tent by Edelrid that is based on a bouldering pad.
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=2876
I'd be slightly worried about flashing people in a see though tent ...
Maybe it's just me, but I think most inov-8 shoes looks like someone designed them with the brief "make them look as horrid as possible"
Helium friends... the perfect compliment to my existing half set of tech friends? More info please!
> Helium friends... the perfect compliment to my existing half set of tech friends? More info please!
Yes there will be. We are doing a series of mini-articles on several categories of gear.
You get a 500g tent and get to moon people from inside when it's raining. Where's the drawback?
(Bet it costs a fortune, the Lasers aren't cheap anyway.)
Did Alpkit show any new stuff (or even go?)
I want to know where I can get one of those tick tests - I'll admit to being completely paranoid about tick bites and Lyme's Disease.
Yes Alpkit were there in force but not exhibiting. Yes we shall be showcasing some of their new products.
Aye - looks trick doesn't it! Proper "why didn't anybody think of that before design eh...
I'm not so sure tbh, I reckon the belay master might be a bit less elegant but has some advantages over this. For some illogical reason I hate the newer belay master biner with the constriction in the spine though.
whos the blonde lass in the photo? wild country rep?
The Helium Cams look nice, is there loop for thumb or the same as the current tech friends?
If anyone wants to see what the new friends looks like Gripped.com has them on their webpage.
Same as Ropeman 2 perhaps? You place the ropeman inverted on what would be the belay, so that the ropes runs as the leader moves, but if the second does take a fall the ropeman will lock and hold the second and not pull the leader off. If the leader falls the rope runs through the ropeman and the second takes the force.
It's an advanced technique and best to practice: belay has to take both downward and upward pull.
I don't think WC would officially recommend this. But the Ropeman has many uses: emergency ascender, self-rescue, cravasse rescue
Features on new Ropeman3?: Now works on tapes as well as super thin ropes.
We are working on the Hardwear report now:
Here's WC release:
An all new design, the Ropeman 3 extends the original concept to make this the first Ropeman that can be used both nylon slings and ropes. The ability to use the Ropeman 3 on tapes means that it can be used to adjust belays very quickly and safely; increasing or releasing tension as needed. And as such simply means that the Ropeman 3 is the essential tool for guides, rescue and much more.
A new shape of cam and new forged side plates make it easy to place on ropes between 7.7 and 11mm covering all the major requirements for Alpine and all round work.
If anyone wants to see what the new friends looks like UKClimbing.com has them on their webpage.
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