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Black Diamond Talon Review

Black Diamond Talon
Black Diamond Talon
Credit: BlackDiamondEquipment.com
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Price:  $20 List | Check Price at REI
Pros:  Very versatile and stable, BAT hook
Cons:  None
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
By Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief  ⋅  Apr 14, 2010
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Our Analysis

The Black Diamond Talon is probably the most useful hook made for hard granite (sandstone edges small edges are generally too weak for it). It gives three different options including the sometime crucial BAT hook option. This and the Black Diamond Grappling Hook and the Black Diamond Cliffhanger are the only three hooks I take on 95% of big wall climbs. The three prong design gives it great stability.

Chris McNamara

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