Solo climbing is risky business. It is more technical and more labor-intensive than climbing with a partner, and the danger inherent in finding yourself in an emergency situation while climbing alone is obvious. But solo climbing also has its rewards: the ability to climb when a partner is unavailable, the satisfaction of completing a climb yourself, and perhaps liberation from an annoying partner. Rock Exotica developed the Silent Partner to fill the need for a solo belay device that would make roped free climbing easier. The Silent Partner feeds automatically as you climb, and its speed sensitive locking mechanism will catch even head first falls. The Silent Partner is easily released under full body weight and it can be used to lower yourself as needed to recover from a fall.Rock climbing is dangerous. Solo rock climbing is even more dangerous. Use of a Silent Partner does not make you safe.Competent instruction is required before using this device.
- Weight: 15 oz
- Rope diameter: 9.8-11mm
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I'm surprised no one has talked about this yet..
The Silent Partner is about as close as you can get to having a real belay. It has just enough give or time to engage so you don't stress out your last pro or your anchor. I used to use my Grigri for solo lead and aid but it's rather static and I seem to fall harder on my last pro. I weigh a lot and I'm at the limit of Read More...
I'm surprised no one has talked about this yet..The Silent Partner is about as close as you can get to having a real belay. It has just enough give or time to engage so you don't stress out your last pro or your anchor. I used to use my Grigri for solo lead and aid but it's rather static and I seem to fall harder on my last pro. I weigh a lot and I'm at the limit of some of my pro in a fall so I like having a be-layer which means a bit of rope slip and less static force on the pro.... the same with the Silent Partner which does catch you fast also. It's got just enough run out (they say it locks at 4 mph) to cushion it all... it is bulky. It is heavy.. but it really works well and inspires enough confidence that you can concentrate on setting pro instead of worrying whether its going to catch you or not... if your anchor is solid and your pro holds your not going anywhere... which brings me to one other point. If your soloing you probably don't need to be reminded but just in case, remember to carry asenders. In a fall and loaded condition you'll need a foot or two of slack to unlock the Partner.....back to free spooling you can even descend on it as long as you don't make any quick slips so that it locks again.. I always hitch off and tie in my Grigri or ATC if I'm dropping very far back down... A really great device if you climb alone and worth every cent they cost... nothing works better!
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