Recent Customer Reviews of Climbing Gear
Here is a collection of reviews from customers on products they have recently bought.
I turned off the "auto-publish" option for the website reviews a couple of months ago so the Facebook and Twitter page is no longer being spammed with these reviews as they come in, but I will try to publish them in batches like this every now and again.
Thanks very much to everyone who who wrote a review and don't forget to come and get your FREE CHALK! The free chalk offer is still running, just write a review and pop in to pick up your free chalk ball or chalk block.
Reviews below with my comments underneath:
DMM Belay Master
By Mat F
questioning the idea? 06/23/2013
Well I questioned the idea, bought one, tried it I'm not looking back. Great idea and works well it does not accidentally open (it physically can't with out some weird set of circumstances) and easy to check its done up. It cant flip this is now my main belay.
On: DMM Belay Master
Petzl Reverso 4
By Mat F
smooth and strong 06/23/2013
I'm 5'11 and 76kg my wife is 5'2 and just reached 50kg we climb together and have used reverso's a lot i started climbing and use the 2 then when to a black diamond and have now come back to a reverso 4 they are smooth and stop me fast when my wife is belaying I'm really impressed by them.
On: Petzl Reverso 4
By Steve D
Absolute bargain for indoor leading. (and some shorter outdoor routes) 06/20/2013
Got an 30m Hawk 10mm personally. Lovely bit of rope. Non treated i believe but handles very nicely.
Pretty much if you climb indoors in the Bristol area its a perfect rope/deal. With both the roped centres having walls that are roughly 12-13m max in height its long enough for all those routes, plus theres some crags in the area it'll be long enough for too.
But only 4 stars due to being a tiny bit 'Pot Luck'. (Sorry!)
By Steve D
Nice all bouldering/sport shoe.. 06/20/2013
..if a bit uncomfortable for the first month!
But they do have a little stretch after being broken in, albeit not much. Personally didn't need to downsize much for these, I'm a 'street shoe' UK 9 and a UK 9 in these as well! (although i do have strange shaped feet) Seem to fit a flat toe profile pretty well.
Slightly 'Aggressive'/down-turned, but not as severe as some other bouldering/sport shoes. Rubber and edges are pretty good, and theres just enough extra rubber on the toe to help with toehooks, and the heel is very stable for heelhooks also. The triple velcro straps are useful for getting a nice tight fit too. Mine have been nice indoors and out.
Obviously this is in my opinion of how they fit me,as usual you should go for a shoe that fits you best rather than brand etc. But credit to Dick here, He is very patient & knows his stuff about fitting Rock shoes!
Beal Accessory Cord
Site worked fine; no problems 06/14/2013
Site worked fine; no problems at all. It is easy to use and I would use it again and recommend it.
Good luck with your business Dick,
A nice fit 06/13/2013
A good shoe for the beginner and intermidate climber. These shoes have great grip and are good on small holds however polished surfaces need more care.
If you are aiiming for a tighter fit then don't go smaller than what you are, they're too tight. A great shoe that will last a long time, wear time is very good. I've had mine (from Dick's) since early last year and if you take care of them, they'll last you a while. I'd rate it an 8/10. If I had brought the bigger size this shoe would have been a 9.
On: Evolve - Elektra
Edelrid Mega Jul
By Harry Bloxham
Super light self locking belay plate 05/30/2013
Easy to belay with and the self locking works well! Slightly more awkward to lower people with than a normal plate but it's not much of an issue, especially for trad. Had a quick play abseiling in self locking mode and seems to work well when you use another crab as a lever. And it's lighter than my ATC-guide!
By Kit Rabette
Cheap but disappointing 05/28/2013
I have bought many things from Dick over the last couple of years and I've been very happy with all of it with the exception of this rope.
Although the rope is an entry level rope I expected it to perform reasonably outside. I've been using the rope on and off for about a year and a half now and if I'm honest it is reaching the end of its usability. There is significant sheath damage in several areas even though I have cared for the rope in the usual manner (using a rope bag, not using it for excessive top roping, washing it every 6 months, etc.)
It is important to mention that apart from this one product I am extremely happy with the shop, and the service/advice that is provided!
Petzl GriGri 2
By Dave Talbot
Dave Talbot 05/22/2013
The best device to use on single ropes for sport climbing - simple
On: Petzl - Grigri 2
Foin Steel Screwgate
By Tempest S
Foin - 10mm Oval Steel S/G Krab 05/22/2013
Great service, posted quickly and kept informed throughout.
Good product at a very reasonable price - will recommend.
60m rope 05/21/2013
Very pleased with my rope, like using it. If you want a down side, it slips off the rocks! Comfortable to use and easy to belay with.
Petzl Elios Helmet
By Seb L
PETZL ELIOS HELMET 05/16/2013
Easy to adjust for a reassuring fit, lightweight, non-obtrusive and very comfortable even after long climbing sessions. Good value for money, would absolutely recommend.
Petzl Trac Pulley
By Jerry B
Good service. Reliable product. 05/16/2013
Grivel Crampon Bag
By Peter I
Crispy bag 05/14/2013
A really nice looking bag for handy storing of crampons. The only downside is that it's very soft tissue, so the spikes might penetrate the fabric if you're not careful.
DMM Clipper Leashes
By Peter I
DMM Clipper leash 05/03/2013
Quite sturdy leashes. Unfortunately, I haven't tried them fully yet, so the top rating goes for Dick's excellent customer service! Thumbs up!
By Katherine Sydney
Evolv Royale shoes 05/01/2013
I have Evolv-shaped feet (fairly narrow, pointy-toed UK5.5) and generally use Electras (UK4) for bouldering, Rockstars (UK5) for single pitch, and Royales (UK6) for multipitch. I initially joked that I had bought orthopaedic shoes as the Royales are stiff and lack sensitivity, but they've surprised me. They're absolutely fine up to HVS on most rock and I've found them comfortable all day on very (very) long mountain days. Their adjustability means they would probably fit a range of foot shapes; but they are, as you would expect, pretty useless on little edges: they're definitely not for climbing hard in. However, for a beginner or for long multipitch days, they're good value.
On: Evolv - Royale
Climbing Technology Alpine Up
By Dave T
Climbing Technology - Alpine Up 05/01/2013
This is one of the most versatile belay plates on the market. It does everything think you want from auto-locking on twin ropes down to 7.7, to standard belaying with a 10.5. You can use it in guide mode and unlock it easily when locked. This is a great device for the climbing instructor working and keen climbers who wants a belay plate that can do everything. The only draw back is the weight but then again it does do everything.......
La Sportiva Miura Velcro
sport climbing shoe 04/24/2013
I bought these when my Mythos wore out, with the intention of using them as a more technical all-round shoe. That hasn't quite worked out, and I bought another pair of Mythos for most trad routes. Still the Miuras have performed excellently for sport climbing and bouldering, and I'm now starting to put them on for shorter, harder trad routes too. The visible sharp edge has worn down but I haven't noticed a drop in performance (if anything they've improved). Despite the non-stretch lining, they have evolved to my foot shape (or my foot has moulded to the shoe!) over the first month or so and are now a very comfortable shoe
Petzl Meteor III+
Hardly there 04/24/2013
I was a bit reluctant to spend ~£80 on a helmet, but since both my climbing and cycling helmets needed replacing I went for it. I'm glad I did - it's cool and light and I barely notice it's there when I'm climbing. It's a small thing, but I also like being able to cycle to the crag and not have to swap helmets! The only possible negative is the price. I haven't actually tested it against any big rocks yet (and I hope I don't have to) but it's deflected plenty of ice this winter...