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DMM Captain Hook - First Impressions

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Avenues of trees that is ;) works a treat in limes that can be a night mare for isolating a high anchor point if loaded with epicormic.

Here's another good one

 

Marcus , terry how would you compare the dmm to the epple ????

 

 

I wasn't that keen on the Epple... particularly whilst holding the DMM one in my other hand.

The Epple is lighter than the DMM but Epple seems fairly crude at the attachment end, not very textile friendly and the cylinder you clip into with your crab can scratch and hold the crab out of orientation. Easily flicked out maybe, but still not a patch on the Dmm shackle it has there, that you can tie directly into. And talking of crude... then there's the Züfle.!

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Nice vid it does look like it throws and works well , I get what you mean with the epple it does have that feel but at the same time especially with a carabiner the rigidity of them both combined makes flicking it out easy when your done ,I've yet to have it stuck although come close.

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The flick to release is helped by a little extra weight (DMM a bit over 14oz (xsre still on in pic))

The weight of rope climber side of the branch can add up on a long secondary anchor... For both it's mostly about sending a wave of rope back to the branch for hook to drop below, then a little extra weight from the DMM gives it a little extra fight against the rope weight pull.

There's just lots of little details about the DMM hook that make it a lot slicker and nicer to use than the other options in my humble opinion.

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Side by side my first impression is of disappointment , the dmm is narrower by an just under an inch , I have been limited by the epple as on occasions as it's not been wide enough when I've dropped through to get in to a neighbouring tree and the only target presentable has been a wide branch.

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Will give it a climb tomorrow and see what it throws and retrieves like.

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I use a grillon to a croll and pulley off my bridge. I have three rings on the bridge to clip into. And tie one away when it’s not needed.

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Before I bought the DMM hook I used an issue grappling hook. It works but has a habit of hitting your legs etc which f*cking hurts !!!!

 

 

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