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Trango Vergo Review

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UPDATE 6/3/2018: The Vergo has been re-released following two recalls that dealt with two different issues. One of the issues was the cap that covered the pivot point of the handle would come off or become damaged. This has been resolved by changing the material at this point from plastic to metal. The other issue was that it was possible for the handle of the device to over-rotate and get stuck in the "open" position, severely diminishing the assisted-braking capabilities of the device. This has since been fixed by installed a "stopper" that prevents excessive rotation of the handle. In an...

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Scarpa Force X Review

Scarpa Force X Review</p>
     
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Update (5/2/2018): The Scarpa Force X is being replaced by the Scarpa Force V - an updated model of the same shoe. By Alex Mougenot My climbing shoe arsenal consists of 3 categories: x1 comfy gym shoe, x1 all-rounder, and x2 pairs for tough faces, cracks, and steep sport/bouldering. The Scarpa Force X's has been a bit of an attention-hog, and is not only my gym shoe but my all-rounder too, and it does a bloody good job. It's my go-to, jack-of-all-trades shoe of choice. I've used it on everything, gym climbing, outdoor bouldering, steep sport climbing, scary slabs, multi-pitch trad, and easy scramble...

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CAMP Supernova Review

CAMP Supernova Review</p>
     
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By Lucy Stirling When it comes to harnesses, I've always opted for the most lightweight, light-feel harness. Not necessarily to save every little ounce of weight on the wall, but because I like the feeling of not being able to notice the harness is even there. I like to feel agile and not restricted by a heavy chunky harness. Although those bigger harnesses may feel like a couch when I'm sitting in them for long periods, they can also bechunky and restrictive when actually climbing. Most harnesses these days are fairly light-weight and unless you want to save absolutely every...

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Tendon Master 9.7mm Review

Tendon Master 9.7mm Review</p>
     
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By Scott Longton I’ve been using this rope for over a month now, subjecting it to abuse both indoors and outdoors. The rope has held up nicely, despite copping such treatment as running it through short draws (creating excessive friction), taking falls from several metres above the last bit of protection, and catching people as heavy as 115kg. The rope handles very nicely through a variety of belay devices. I’ve personally used the Black Diamond ATC Guide, ATC XP, and my partner’s Edelrid Mega Jul, none of which presented any problems for this rope. One of the concerns when buying a...

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Scarpa Furia Review

Scarpa Furia Review</p>
     
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By Adam Sebastian West When it comes to soft rubber and ultra sensitivity in a climbing shoe, the Scarpa Furia has got you covered. I have always been a huge fan of soft shoes and ‘feeling’ exactly what is beneath my toes, but the Furia starts with great sensitivity and continues with a solid all round feel, impeccable toe-down design and great consideration for even the tiniest of heel hooks. The rubber, Vibram XS, is super soft and generally lives up to the reputation of ‘sticky rubber’. Because this is such a soft rubber, consideration needs to be given to the...

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