Category Archives: Belay Device

Karabiners – Troll Linx

If you haven’t heard of Troll then you must have rocks in your ears. Troll have been producing some of the best climbing gear since 1965 continuing to this day by producing inovative and custom made industrial and rescue equipment as well as quality clothing and equipment for sport climbing.

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Troooooollllll!!!

 

Having a bounce through the Troll website I discovered a fine example of Troll’s unique products in the form of the Troll Linx screwgate karabiner. The first thing you notice is the rectangular shape of the device, not your oval/ear shaped device you are typically used to.

The Linx screwgate karabiner is mainly aimed at belaying for centre / indoor use but I don’t see  why it can’t be used for outdoor top-roping. The bottom of the karabiner (harness end) has a square flat base with a removable locking pin separating the harness side from the rope side. A pretty plausible idea seeing that harness loops are wide and flat. This would presumably secure to the harness more snugly minimising or totally excluding the risk of the karabiner rotating on the harness. With the harness secured frimly to the bottom of the  Karabiner, this allows for the rest of the device being free space for the rope to work within. The rope running edge is also angled away from the gate preventing catching or snagging. finally this is all topped of with a screw gate.

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How weird does this look but it all makes sense

 

A pretty nice bit of kit from Troll, I would send you to the website for more info but the site seems to have few glitches at the moment. I contacted Russ at Troll HQ to find out more and get some specs. for our reviews.

In the meantime if you want to place an order for a Troll Linx orders are in high demand with less than 20 left so contact Troll direct for those. After this there will be a wait as the make up another batch.

It’s good to know it takes time to make things like this and that they are not just fired out the back of a machine.

Petzl GriGri 2 – Revised – Belay Device

The GriGri 2 kinda fell on its face when it was finally released, the much vaunted belay device was snapped up by many based on the original GriGri’s reputation. Unfortunately, Petzl discovered a design flaw which caused damage to the GriGri 2’s internals when force was put upon the fully
extended handle.

Finally all is well in the land of Petzl, the revised GriGri 2 has been released and owners of the previous version are being offered an upgrade to this latest model.

To find out more about an exchange and whether or not your device qualifies visit Petzl.