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On Rope Canyoneering (rappel device, packs, rope bags, etc.)

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by townsend, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. townsend

    townsend

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    Has anyone used this new (at least new to me) rappel device? I found it online at On Rope Canyoneering, which operates out of Laveen, AZ. Here is a link to the gear store: http://www.onropecanyoneering.com/canyoneering-gear/

    Note: tried to copy a picture to post in the thread, but it didn't work.

    In addition to this rappel device, they manufacture some other canyoneering gear, specifically canyoneering packs and rope bags.
  2. Kuenn

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    hoodoo.

    No, but I have used something uncannily similar. :cautious:
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  3. hank moon

    hank moon kinetically bulbous

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    Eight is enough? - I'd say it's too many. Somebody trying to out-scrotem the modem of the totem? Or maybe the designer is a huge H.P. Lovecraft fan...in any event, I'm highly un-attracted to it. Kudos for effort, though. It takes a lot to bring something to market. Hopefully something interesting will evolve.
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  4. Bootboy

    Bootboy Atwood Gear

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    The square edges seem to me to be a huge impediment to smooth operation. The concept of it is ok but the execution could use some serious refinement.
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  5. Kuenn

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    Copy that. Rappelling is not equivalent to double-clutching and downshifting a semi. Once one finds their standard friction setting then 1, or maybe on a few rare occasions, 2 additional frictions settings are o-plenty.
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  6. Rapterman

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    Have tried it.
    Heavy.
    Bulky.
    Friction settings too high.
    Boot boy is right about the squared edges.
    The new standard for canyoneering boat anchors.
    :D
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  7. Rapterman

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    Uh Oh
    Hank is threatening me with that terrible graphic again...think of something NICE to say..:rolleyes2:
    Uh.....the new device feels SUBSTANTIAL
    and provides PLENTY of friction
    will probably EXEL with rescue-type loads
    and be helpful for scaring off mountain lions...
    Badgers
    Bees?
  8. Pierre

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    I used it for the first time this past weekend. I would have to disagree with some of what's said. First off I use a multitude of friction settings depending on the length of the repel, wet or dry, and if I have a full pack with rope ect. or its almost empty. While my first impression was that it was a lot bulkier than the Critter in actual use it didn't feel any bulkier. I do agree that it seemed to have more friction off the bat than most other devices which for me "being a big guy" was good. We have been doing some big first D's with some drops over 450'. I liked having the easily adjustable friction without the feeling that the rope might pop off. It was also very easy to tie off so I could use both hands. After using it I would say the Hoodo and the Critter each have there strong suits but both are heads and shoulders above the competition.
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