|Country of Origin:||Philippines|
|Shaft Rating:||B Rated|
The ice clipper is a nice addition and it makes racking screws easy. Screws can be removed with one hand by twisting them to open the gate (kind of like your worst nightmare when sport climbing). The only thing that I dont like about it is that I dont think it will hold that many screws. Only a few will fit before they start to get in the way of each other. I usually rack a few on this and a few in the gear loops. You can only really fit one per each side of your harness, so unless you place pro with both hands, you only need and will use one.
I know you are thinking this is just one more superfluous gadget, because I thought the same until I used it. For waterfall ice, the clippers are a great way to increase your efficiency. You can rack screws on them and get them off with minimal fussing single handed. No more dangling on one arm (getting pumped) trying to unclip a screw while the biner flips around. At the belay, I clip my tools in since my curlicue shafts wont fit a holster. Ive got two on my harness now for BDel screws and my tools. The Grivel 360s are still on metal biners.
I've been using these for rock and ice climbing. The are really nice for clipping tools to or screws while on the ice. for rock climbing I leave them on my harness and use them for extra runners and cordelettes. They don't move around on you too much (they do tend to shift slowing towards the back of my harness) and are really easy to get gear on and off of. If you want extra space on your harness these are a good cheap way to get it.
I love these things. It's a little frustrating getting them firmly AND comfortably attached to a regular harness so I ended up dropping the money on BD's Blizzard climbing harness that has the built-in ice clipper loops. Now, I have zero complaints. I wouldn't use Grivel 360 screws as it is extremely hard to rack and unrack them, but with Turbo Express and Express screws, unracking gear is effortless.
Get a pair. Nothing better for most screws. Easy to clip in, and easy to unclip a screw, one-handed even with frozen fingers. Also remember you can flip up your top-racked screws and get to the 3rd or 4th down while all screws are still racked. That's what the little lip at the top is for. Move your shorty up and away and get to your 16s or longer.
If you ice climb and are tired of trying to clip your screws to your regular gear loops and you need a place to safely/securely hang your tools while lowering, then these guys are for you. They absolutely save time, which can be very precious while you're feeling the pump, high off the deck and need to place a screw quickly.
Definitely a great idea!
These are really nice however they would work really well with the integrated ice clipper loops they have on some ice climbing harnesses. I am just using a sport harness and the little rubberized keeper strap and that does not work so well. Good product. Best if you have an ice harness to integrate them with.
This little guy is pretty slick when it comes to getting your gear racked the way you want. I really like the rest on the top that allows you to flip a screw up and rest it while you grab the length you need below it.
But only about five of 'em. So get two. And it's not so great if you have a bunch of different types of screws - works much better with one consistent screw shape.
The BD ice clipper is a good idea, but there are so many design flaws that I can't recommend it to anyone. Especially not when Petzl makes the caritool which performs much better.
1. Racks 4 - 6 screws or your tools
2. keeps things organized and in place
1. They spin around through the sleeves on your harness (I've experienced this with the BD Blizzard and arc'teryx x350a) whenever you put some weight on them
2. the spike at the top is not big enough to securely hold screws while you're trying to access the third screw on your clipper
3. it should be deeper so that you can get more screws/tools on each clipper
I do not recommend this product to my friends. Instead I recommend the Petzl Caritool which does the same job much better.