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Fish Double Gear Sling Review

Fish Double Gear Sling
By: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Feb 18, 2010
Price:  $46 List
Pros:  Great value, lightweight, the essentials and nothing more.
Cons:  Must wait for it to be made to order.
Manufacturer:   Fish Products

Our Verdict

This is the first gear sling I used and I did many great walls with it. It is light, easy to get on and off, very functional, and a great value. In a market where gear slings are sometimes either really heavy or way too thin, this big wall gear sling strikes a nice balance.


If you are planning moderate walls here and there (not mega nail-ups) and don't mind waiting for your order, this is the gear sling to get. It's 30 percent lighter and half the cost of the the cost of the Yates Big Wall Rack. However, if you're in the market for a big wall gear sling immediately, consider the Metolius Big Wall Gear Sling. If you think a climbing gear sling is a better fit, consider the Metolius Adjustable Gear Sling which wins our Editors' Choice Award.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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Likes


This is set up just like a gear sling should be: two gear loops on each side. There is a longer one for your gear/bulk and one shorter loop for for the miscellaneous stuff. Big wall gear slings with only one loop on each side are not practical with a big rack because everything get jumbled. This gear sling also has nice, beefy clip-in points on the top of the shoulders so that you can confidently take off the gear sling and clip it to the anchor with just one tab on top. Big wall gear slings like the Black Diamond Zodiac that have skinny clip-in points, even if they are strong, don't inspire confidence like the beefy tabs on the Fish and Yates Big Wall Rack. Who wants to worry if their whole rack will take the plunge?

I really like the buckle in the front. It is light, simple, and quick to take on and off. Some people demand that their big wall gear sling also be a full strength chest harness. I should know I once thought this feature was important. I don't anymore. In about 100 walls, I only used the chest harness a few times when soloing to make the rope feed easier (and I am not sure that was a good idea). So I prefer a quick and easy plastic buckle like the Fish has.

Dislikes


With a moderately-sized big wall rack with all lightweight biners, this might be my favorite gear sling. It is only when the racks get big and heavy that I find the Yates more comfortable. I am not sure if it is just the padding or the padding and the adjustability that makes the Yates more comfy. But now that most walls I do are "fast and light," I might go back to the Fish. Also, when ordering from Fish there will be a wait because the products are made to order. If you are in a hurry this could be an issue. On the upside, you can probably choose your own color combo.

Best Application


This is best for big walls with moderate to light racks like Lurking Fear, Desert Shield, Prow, or Leaning Tower. For heavier racks on bigger nail-ups, I would probably go with the Yates Big Wall Rack.

Value


This is the best value in big wall gear slings. The Yates is double the price. And even though the Black Diamond Zodiac is only $30, it lacks the key second loop on each side (as does the Metolius Big Wall Gear Sling).

Chris McNamara


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Most recent review: February 24, 2010
Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 3 reviewers recommend it
 
Rating Distribution
4 Total Ratings
5 star: 25%  (1)
4 star: 75%  (3)
3 star: 0%  (0)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)

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   Feb 24, 2010 - 09:00pm
locker · Climber · CO

I own one and the thing is absolutly…

BOMBER

It's totally functional as well as relatively COMFY…

Beats the hoot out of a lot of the others out there…



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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   Feb 4, 2010 - 02:08pm
Prod · Climber

Fish gear, in general, is my prefered brand. But I gotta agree with Moof on this one, the Fish Big Wall Gear Sling slides around on your body quite a bit. I modified mine adding a torso sling that wraps the entire way around your body. Works pretty good. For my next wall I'll be getting a Yates for the leader and using the Fish for the cleaners sling.

Prod.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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   Feb 3, 2010 - 02:11am
Moof · Climber · Orygun

I've done a few walls with mine, and it has been pretty decent. My main gripe with the Fish one is that especially on overhanging routes it tends to creep around putting gear further back than if it stayed centered on my shoulders. Similarly it creeps the other way if I'm hunched over and tries to choke me after a while. If Russ used a less slippery padding covering, or put in a full wrap-around-under-the-chest strap it would help this.

All in all a solid piece of gear that works well, but I sure have been eyeing the Yates one lately…



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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