Saturday, September 2, 2017

Talon Stick Clip

After about 9 months of development I put up the Talon Stick Clip for sale on Etsy.

Frustrated with expensive alternatives that need a threaded pole or home made clips using spring loaded clamps which seem to have too much or too little tension I developed the Talon Stick Clip over many iterations making 3D printed prototypes and testing them both in the gym and at Kentucky's Red River Gorge. The unique static camming action of the 4 fingers provide a secure hold and a quick, easy release with a slight twist.

Use 2 wraps of climbing tape to attach to any stick, handle or pole and safely get that first quickdraw up to reduce chance of a ground fall injury on your next sport climb. Works with most quickdraws with medium sized carabiners with wire or solid gates similar to Black Diamond Positron, Hotwire and Hoodwire, Petzl Spirit Express, Madrock Concorde Express and Super Tech Straight Gate, or CAMP Orbit Wire Express.

- Lightweight, 21 grams (0.75 oz),
- durable,
- easy to use,
- no moving parts,
- approx 5" x 2" x 0.8"
- Bumps on handle assure tape won't slip
- cammed claws and flexible support system hold carabiners securely yet allow for easy release

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Climbing is dangerous. Seek proper instruction from certified guides or instructors.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Affordable Belay Glasses

Belay glasses have been on the market for few years now typically floating near the $100 price point. These glasses use prisms to direct your sight 90 degrees upward so you can belay without getting a sore neck. Very convenient,

Curiously, lying down or MRI glasses have been around longer. These glasses direct your vision downward so you can lay on your back with your head flat and read a book without tiring your arms out. Also convenient. These have been priced between $10 and $20 dollars.

I actually purchased a pair of the MRI glasses hoping I could turn them around for belaying. This did not work out too well so I harvested the prisms and 3D printed reversed frames. This worked out ok but I figured i was only a matter of time before the manufacturers caught on and the price of the look up glasses would approach the price of the look down glasses.

Well, folks. That time is now. Amazon is currently selling 5 different pairs of belay glasses between $10 and $30.

The cheapest are only $9.90 but have poor reviews.

The Epic Peak Light Weight glasses have the best reviews and are currently priced at $18.99 with a case or $20.99 for case + neckstrap.

I can' t wait to try these out.

Check out my Climbing Shoppe  for these and other curated climbing gear available on Amazon.