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I've got zig zag and a spider jack as backup think both are great made things so much easier. Use mine everyday great for limb walks had it for months I'm never going back to prussic, it's made my job enjoyable and easier on the body

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I've got zig zag and a spider jack as backup think both are great made things so much easier. Use mine everyday great for limb walks had it for months I'm never going back to prussic, it's made my job enjoyable and easier on the body

 

 

how do you find the spiderjack?

 

 

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Spider jack is a good bit of kit just gota put in the time it needs for you to get use to it. I'm getting quite use to it now and there's the odd day I'm quicker on the sj than the zz. But I don't think the zz can be beat for long limb walks it's just easier, limb walking the zz is king that's my opinion and there's nothing anyone could say that would change it

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Can you tend slack one handed with the zz?

And is the SJ the same in that respect?

The guy I buy my kit off advised me against the SJ due to its "free fall" characteristics. Bit scary in a work environment.

He then advised me to get a ZZ.

 

Currently on a HC with an eye tie hitch.

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The ZZ is better for one handed tending due to the pulley, IMO, its also much more controllable on decent, although the SJ is pretty controllable with practice.

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That is why I like the zz it can be tended one handed, as can the sj but it's a lot easier with the zz and you get that problem of clutch not engaging straight away you pull the slack on the zz it's done. The break on the sj does take getting used to. The zz you can pick it up straight away it works exactly like a prussic

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With the S.J You only free-fall when you descend on it without applying the wooden brake at the same time.....The ZZ self-tends.... perfect on limb walks....add the fact that it has little or no sit-back and with practice allows for smooth movement and working position.

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Can you tend slack one handed with the zz?

And is the SJ the same in that respect?

The guy I buy my kit off advised me against the SJ due to its "free fall" characteristics. Bit scary in a work environment.

He then advised me to get a ZZ.

 

Currently on a HC with an eye tie hitch.

 

 

SJ tends stack better in my opinion, the spiderjack is fine you'll only free fall if you hold the lever right down, but there is no reason you would hold it right down useless tea is ready on the deck :)

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With the S.J You only free-fall when you descend on it without applying the wooden brake at the same time.....The ZZ self-tends.... perfect on limb walks....add the fact that it has little or no sit-back and with practice allows for smooth movement and working position.

 

 

Thanks for this.... Do you think that time spent on a ZZ would prepare me for a SJ? Bearing in mind I've only been climbing for about 12 months.

 

I'm enjoying the HC right now having progressed from Blake's to prussic to HC...

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Time spent on a prussick will help you descend on a ZigZag because of the similarities with "feeling" the links collapse in your hand like a prussick bunching up and allowing the rope to move through it.....but the ascent on S.J and ZZ are similar in that you can feed your climbing line "hand over hand" into the device gaining height as you go.....but like Arran said,if you have an emergency on the ground like a cuppa you pull the trigger on the S.j (without applying the wooden brake) and you will arrive there in seconds!! But feathering the brake is advisable.

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