Simple Gear Sling
- June 2015
I think the best gear sling is simple, light and versatile: a full strength loop of bartacked tubular 1″ webbing with a double layer of fleece where it sits over the shoulder. My gear sling is perhaps the single most cherished gear item I own! Many people have never tried to rack their gear on a gear sling, however once you get used to climbing with one there’s no going back. Racking on a gear sling makes for faster changeovers at belays, allows you to get gear out of your way in chimneys or dihedrals, and keeps your gear loops from getting overloaded. Harness racking is okay in some situations, but 97% of the time I use a gear sling.
The most important thing is that the sling fits you, especially that it’s small enough: if it’s too big, the gear will always fall in between your legs (especially on lower angle rock) and be really annoying. You want the gear to be hanging from the gear sling with good separation above the gear you have racked on your gear loops. The other most important thing is that the sling should be minimalistic, comfortable and full strength so that you’ll always have one last shoulder length sling to whip out if you run out of runners to extend a crucial piece, or if you arrive at the anchor with nothing and you need something to clip in with. The simple gear sling is rated to 26.4 kn–most shoulder-length slings are rated to 22 kn. Light is right!
My simple gear sling is custom made in Moab and it has been pull tested to 26.4 kn. You can choose extra small, small, medium, large or XL, or custom length upon request. If you’re not sure, tell me your tshirt size and height and I can take a guess: if we guess wrong, you can exchange.
Extra Small = 38″
To get a simple gear sling, click here and make sure to tell me the size.