Rock Climbing Zodiac Gear Sling
|Black Diamond Zodiac Rock Climbing Gear Sling - For strangle-free aid rack management, the Zodiac from Black Diamond is your sling. Two padded slings keep gear out of your way and distribute weight evenly across your back. It's a great way to stay organized with large racks. Two panic loops on the front essential pieces close at hand. The fleece lining adds comfort to long climbs, and a small zippered pocket keeps small items secure. Double up with the Black Diamond Zodiac gear sling.
Sizing for Black Diamond Zodiac Gear Sling:
Base the product off your jacket size. If you wear a size small or medium jacket, you would fit into a S/M. If you wear a size large or X-large jacket, you would fit into a M/L.
The Black Diamond Zodiac Gear Sling is the lightest and least expensive big wall gear sling on the market. It has contoured shoulder straps that distribute weight well. The front of the gear sling has a buckle that goes on and off easily. The downside is that this does not feel very burly for a big wall sling. The gear loops are attached with small bar tacks and the clip in-points at the top don't inspire confidence if you are hanging your you entire big wall rack from the anchor. If you are on a budget, just dabbling in aid climbing, or only plan to climb a few Grade V clean aid routes, this gear sling gets the job done.
I just bought it and tried to hang it by one over the shoulder small sling and clip my whole weight (80kg) on the gear sling bellow. It held… Not that I would like to fall on it. It happened a couple of times that I fell while a gear sling on my harness was clipped, it broke and I lost the gear that was on it. I guess the same could happen with that gear sling.
For the price this is my favorite gear sling when a larger rack is required. I usually rack cams on one side, passive pro and spare 'biners on the other. All my QD's and slings go on the harness. The gear loops are solid and easy to clip. It is a pain in OW when you need one side free, but hey, make the second wear it on that pitch. It has a neat little slot on the back where I carry a small knife, topo of the route and two rap rings. If you do a lot of climbing, or climb rough rock, the plastic covering the gear loops will get scuffed up. Just hit it with some fine grit sand paper so it doesn't snag your slings.
Zodiac Gear Sling by Black Diamond for Climbing
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