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    It's pretty adjustable.

    I think 11mm is the small end of the spectrum... and 11.7 or 12mm is the upper limit.

    I dunno, it's money for me.
    I love it. I don't use it in pitch cause I'm too lazy to clean it.
    I use blaze and the blue kernmantle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggun View Post
    ....I didn't have the time to delve further and start messing...third day of hard climbs in a fairly hot weather spell. I did t drink enough,... and my head was spinning.....
    Yeah, you gotta watch that hot and dehydrated stuff. It must have been your condition because no friction device i have used is faster or easier to adjust. That is not saying that you will be able to find the sweet spot quickly, just that it is easy to make adjustments.

    Mine runs smooth as can be on 11.7mm Yale Aztec. 11mm is too small in my opinion. Skinny rope goes from great to crap too easily with little noticeable changes.

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    I know about the full adjustability of the device as I have climbed a fair bit on it.

    Of the ropes I have tried the htp was the only one I managed to get it to operate to a remotely acceptable level. Maybe, my levels and expectations are too high.

    I work as a contract climber and really need something to just get on with the job and get climbing. I have said it before, I have had it running sweet one day only to not operate correctly the day after.

    I don't climb on the Yale family of ropes as they are far too bouncy IME due to changes made for CE marking.

    I have tried it in Cougar Blue/ Orange, Kernmaster and the htp.
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    I don't use it in pitch cause I'm too lazy to clean it.
    I tried it in pitch, dead wooding a Cedrus atlantica, and it's definitively not a matter of a cleaning lazyness.
    The Akimbo absolutely hates the pitch, as Porbrick says in the instructions. It's the onliest downside I've found for the moment.

    Basically, you can manage to come up by pushing on the Pantin, but never come down. It becomes really locked on the rope, even fully collapsed and down rotated to straighten the rope. In SRT, my weight helped a little to force the rope "sliding" step by step, but in DdRT, no way, it was really stuck.
    Put the Pantin on, take out the weight off the Akimbo, free the cams, take some slack, put the weight back on it, remove the Pantin ...
    The final descent was a bit time consuming !

    But still, I love it.

    Oh! and the rope is an Argiope purple, 12,1 mm, a tinny tad over the max allowed (12 mm).

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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182726783152 

    One of my mates in England is selling one if anyone is interested. Reasons for sale in the description.

    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/182726783152...&ul_noapp=true
    Last edited by Tommy_B; 08-23-2017 at 05:24 AM. Reason: Link didn't work
    Knot Interested.....

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    Saw his post in FB. WOndered why he would sell it.
    Wish there was a release date.
    Interesting how a limited gene pool and a limited labor force seem to be so closely related.

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    Release date would be great! I wouldn't even mind some progress updates, or just more pictures!

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    Man, that Akimbo went for silly money.

    I have been thinking the same with mine. I dont think I have climbed on it for months.
    Rich.

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    I guess there never will be a "best for everyone" climbing tool. We are all too different. When Paul first let me try the Hitch Hiker, I was blown away by how well it worked and how easy it was to use and adjust. Once it became available on the open market, I couldn't believe that everyone that tried it didn't feel exactly the same way about it. Still can't.

    I feel the same about the Akimbo, I like and continue using it and think that it also is brilliant, works well and is easy to use and adjust.

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    Well, Dave...take comfort that at least one fellow agrees with you on both counts .
    "Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have before you fully understand the situation."

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