The Best Climbing Gear Sling

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Chris McNamara on the King Swing pitch of the Nose.
Credit: Lincoln Else
We picked up some of the top slings and tested them head-to-head. We evaluated them on comfort, adjustability, organizing, ease of use, and bomberness.

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Review by: ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab

Top Ranked Gear Slings

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Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling
Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling
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Metolius Multi Loop Gear Sling
Metolius Multi Loop Gear Sling
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Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling
Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling
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Pros Comfortable, easy to get gear on and off.Comfortable, easy to get gear on and off.Burly, comfortable, convenient.
Cons Can't use as full strength runner.Can't use as full strength runner.Not widest padding.
Best Uses Trad climbing, multi-pitch climbing.Trad climbing, multi-pitch climbing.All around tradition climbing.
Date Reviewed Feb 07, 2010Mar 07, 2010Jan 17, 2010
Weighted Scores Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling Metolius Multi Loop Gear Sling Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling
Comfort - 30%
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Adjustability - 20%
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Organizing - 30%
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Ease Of Use - 10%
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Bomberness - 10%
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Product Specs Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling Metolius Multi Loop Gear Sling Black Diamond Padded Gear Sling
Gear loops 1 4 1
Weight (grams) 119 125 108
Full strength? no no yes
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year

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Comfort


Both the Metolius harnesses were the most comfortable. They have a nice fuzzy liner, just the right amount of padding, and an articulated fit. At the same time, they are streamlined no big mushy padding here, just wide and dense foam that distributes the weight over a wide area. The Black Diamond is also comfortable, just not quite as much so.

Adjustability


Both are very adjustable. When the webbing is new they each can be adjusted in under a minute. As the slings get older and the webbing gets a little more fiesty, they can be a little harder to adjust. The Metolius has the advantage of having the webbing travel freely through the whole shoulder pad. This means no matter how big or small you adjust it, the zone you clip gear can stay right where you want it. The BD is a fixed piece of webbing. This is not a big deal if you are small or medium. But if you really extend it out to its max size, the clipping area no longer is centered.

Organizing


The Metolius Multi-loop gives you four options on where to clip gear. This always keeps the gear spread out it won't clump up. That said, it requires a whole new style of racking that most people either love or hate. The Metolius Adjustable has just one loop but manages to keep the gear from clumping too much because of the wide plastic coating on the sling. It has more structure, which keeps the biners from mushing up.

Easy of Use


The Metolius Adjustable is the easiest to clip. It has a big plastic coated sling that is both easy to clip and unclip. The Multi Loop requires you to learn a whole new style or racking and is not that easy to use in. But if you love that new style of racking, you may find this is the way to go. The BD is a solid performer and easy to clip. That said, the webbing does not have much "structure" like the plastic-coated Metolius does. This means the gear clumps up more.

Bomberness


The BD is the most bomber sling we tested.

Chris McNamara