In the grand scheme of things, for my generation, climbing gear has always been rad. Cams have always been around, the Gri-Gri has been a staple, and ropes have been lightweight and performed at a high level. Many breakthroughs occurred before we started climbing, and we reap the benefits. The products I end up embracing are the ones that are refined: the most high performing ropes, lightest and most efficient cams, and sleekest, user friendly carabineers.
I’ve got a new product on my rack of quickdraws: the Petzl Ange Finesse.
Now with quickdraws, most anything on the market will get the job done. I’ve got a variety on my rack, but the Petzl Ange’s are the ones I reach for when I’m really crux-ing out.
Clipping bolts is rad because it’s so damn simple. The Ange’s make it just a little more refined, with superlight beeners, and a keylock wiregate that is extremely smooth for clipping. The smoothest clip I’ve ever experienced by far. They also come with dyneema slings, in two different sizes, one the normal length, and the second more of a “man-draw” style, which would be helpful for grabbing the draw in desperation (it happens).
The Ange’s are a bit pricey, but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. They start at $25.95 retail, and packs of five can be found for a little cheaper online.
Most of all though, buy these things if you’re looking for that smooth clip, that one that efficient sport climbers can pull off, making it look like the rope clicks right in, without effort, and keep climbing on.
Check out the Ange Finesse at: http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor/non-locking-carabiners/ange-finesse