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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 2:18 pm 
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hey
has anyone used one before? what is it like? it looks cool but does it work. how does it compare with the SUM from faders?
any feed back would be sweet thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 7:46 pm 
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Vertigo Industries gave us an Eddy to play with...

I'm a die hard Grigri fan (15 years running) the first thing I did with the Eddy was load the rope the wrong way round (it's opposite to the G). Feeding the rope to the leader while belaying was easier with the Eddy and being able to lock it while the climber is not moving is a nice option.

When lowering a person to the ground it's harder to get them to 'freefall' as there is only +-1cm 'sweetspot' that will allow you to lower a person (obtaining freefall is possible with practice :twisted:
Should you pull too hard on the lever, the device will lock up, whereas with a G the person will continue to accelerate groundward).

The lever is tucked away and there is less chance of it catching on anything in the event of a fall (making it safer). Should the belayer 'grab' the Eddy there is almost no chance of stopping the device from locking (whereas this does not hold true for the G)

The Eddy does all the jobs that the G does.
If a complete non climber had to belay me and I had an option of what device they could use... I would hand them the Eddy for sure.

The price and weight are slightly off putting... but then so is a busted ankle / hospital visit.

I'm a sentimental guy, so for now I'm gonna stick with my G (so long as I choose who is belaying me and the rope I use does not have a slippery coating)

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The Eddy looks great! I'd just like to say tho, I have used a GriGri since the beginning and have never had a problem. Basically, the Eddy is catering for all the sloppy belayers out there when in fact, a beginner should rather be strictly using an ATC so that they can learn the concept of friction and \"your life's in my hands\". This is a great device tho, a little heavy for my liking, but it seems like another 'Reverso' situation where a new thingmabobby comes out, everyone creams themselves, but in the end you still pack your tried and tested a million times GriGri. The only cool thing the Eddy has is the ability to take a 9mm skinny line. It's hight time the GriGri was modified with cam options to take a 9mm. Who the hell uses 11mm ropes anymore.


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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 8:25 am 
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guest wrote:
...a beginner should rather be strictly using an ATC so that they can learn the concept of friction and "your life's in my hands".


Couldn't agree more.

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