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ISPO 2018 - Climbing Hardware Show Report

The UKC team recently returned from the annual gear-fest in Munich: ISPO 2018. Here are some video interviews with brand representatives, who talked us through the key features of their latest creations in climbing hardware.

  • ISPO 2018 - DMM - Stal Anchors
  • ISPO 2018 - DMM - PerfectO
  • ISPO 2018 - Edelrid - Carabiner Overview
  • ISPO 2018 - Black Diamond - Ultra Light Ice Screw
  • ISPO 2018 - Black Diamond - Reactor
  • ISPO 2018 - Black Diamond - Chalk Range
  • ISPO 2018 - Petzl - Quark, Nomic and Ergonomic
  • ISPO 2018 - Klettern Retter - Cream Chalk
  • ISPO 2018 - Climbing Technology - Click Up Plus
  • ISPO 2018 - Climbing Technology - Via Ferrata Sets


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5 Feb, 2018

From the Edelrid video description:

"the worlds lightest Karbala at 19g!"

There's some interesting auto-correct going on there! From the word karabiner, to the name of an Iraqi city. And to get an A* in your RE GCSE, who can explain the importance of Karbala in Shia Muslim tradition? :-)

6 Feb, 2018

"the head wobble issue,  not yours, the previous axes" !

 

Ha ha

6 Feb, 2018

The Petzl rep saying 'problem eliminated' regarding the head wobble seems a bit of a spit in the face for all the people that supposedly 'abused' their axes in a not-for-purpose way. Still absolutely baffled as to why they didn't accept the fault, fix the issue and not alienate climbers. I wouldn't touch a Petzl tool with a barge pole after that. 

13 Feb, 2018

Probably because its expensive and not really necessary.  I'm sure used properly this stuff will make your hands even drier, but normal chalk dries sweat off hands to cracking point as it is.  A chalk bag full of saturated mesoporous chalk (as it will be after its been in your chalk bag for a week) isn't really going to make much difference in the real world use because you will have to open the bag immediately before use to prevent it absorbing moisture from the air.  

At least there is more to this than the friction labs selling the same Hydromagnesite (chalk) as the next company but pretending to be scientists in order to market the emperors new clothes.

Looking forward to picking up the discarded condom bags that the black diamond stuff comes in at the bottom of my local crag soon....



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