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Street Price: $18
Pros: Reinforced clip-in point
Cons: A little heavy, flat loops are not the easiest to hook.
Best Uses: Aid climbing, big wall climbing, trad climbing.
This daisy chain wins our Best Buy award because it was the second highest scoring and almost the least expensive. The nylon is stretchy, which reduces impact forces when compared to Spectra or Dyneema webbing. Nylon is also more durable in our experience, especially when it comes to blowing out bar tacks. That said, Dyneema or Spectra webbing is much lighter, which is noticeable when making thousands of aid moves. If you want the light version of this daisy, check out the Metolius Monster Daisy Chain that won our Editors' Choice award. But if you just want a great value and the more shock absorbing properties of nylon, this is the daisy chain to get.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This is one few daisy chains with a reinforced clip-in point at the end. That point wears out quickly on most other daisy chains because it takes the most abuse from other carabiners when aid climbing. Because of this reinforcement, this daisy chain will last you twice as long as most others. For aid climbing addicts, this is almost a mandatory feature. For casual aid climbers, it is less important and may not be worth the extra cost and bulk.
As a side note, ten years ago I made my own daisy chains in the old A5 shop at The North Face in San Leandro. I was blowing out daisy chains left and right and couldn't find a company that wanted to add reinforcement to the ends. It is great to see there is now a company that reinforces this crucial point.
These are some of the flatter loops or pockets. This makes them harder to hook, especially when twisted.
This is one of the best values on the market. Only the Black Diamond Nylon Daisy Chain costs less, but it does not have the reinforced point at the end.
Video on the Danger's of clipping into a daisy chain improperly
— Chris McNamara
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