Climbing - - THE CLIMB ECO GEAR -

Light climbers of­ten get yarded off the ground and slammed into the wall when catch­ing heav­ier climbers. To al­le­vi­ate this prob­lem, Edel­rid de­vel­oped the one-of-a-kind Ohm. The rope goes through this “as­sisted-brak­ing re­sis­tor” that at­taches to the first quick­draw (load the rope in the de­vice be­fore climb­ing) and pro­gres­sively slows down the force of a fall. Our testers, who had a 45-pound weight dif­fer­ence, found the Ohm a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to ad­just to. “It gave a harder catch than an ex­pe­ri­enced be­layer,” said one tester, “but it’s use­ful where there’s runout climb­ing with lit­tle rope fric­tion and po­ten­tial for falls down low.” Testers did find that the Ohm could cause short-rop­ing, par­tic­u­larly when the leader pulled up slack quickly. Check it out if you have a climb­ing part­ner who’s 30 lbs heav­ier or lighter than you. $130; edel­rid.de

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