Edelrid - Aramid Cord Sling 6mm
These clever slings from Edelrid have proved popular with trad climbers in recent years.
Firstly they are thin - only 6mm, but more importantly they are stiff. This means you can reach with them, perhaps to lasso a spike or peg.
They are also great for tricky little threads that might otherwise require two hands, or perhaps just not be possible. You can actually bend these into a hook shake to get into placed that a floppy sling just won't reach.
They are also a lot hardier than a normal dyneema sling and should last longer.
More expensive that a normal sling but I can forsee most trad climbers carrying one of these in a 60cm length in the next couple of years.
I look forward to getting some reviews of these on here...
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I bought this sling because round slings seem to be easier to undo and don't freeze up as much on winter routes. Dick's Climbing service was excellent as always!
Dick's climbing were fast, great service. But, I'm not sure about the usefulness of the 60cm Amarid cord. It's certainly no good for making "Alpine Draws", and since it doesn't fold well it probably has to be carried over the shoulder, which (at 60cm, where it can't be doubled and clipped with a carabiner) means it is difficult to use except at belay or in a secure position. So, that makes it less useful for the purpose of slinging rock features en route. The long rigid guard over the stitching really makes it hard to fold evenly around carabiners, which could lead to this being done badly, potentially creating problems when suddenly weighted. Got one because I was curious, but not sure whether I will get much use from it.
Perfect for threads and works very well as an emergency prusik loop.
Recently I bought these slings without a particular idea on my mind. They have proven their self quite usefull besides being cool. Obviously threading features is the best use one can find but I match one 60cm length sling with two dmm pulley wiregate to make an extra draw which replaces my self rescue pulleys in a double purpose manner. Have one or two, they will be proven useful when need arise