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Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Soloist

Manufacturer: Wren Industries

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Page By: John

Created/Edited: Apr 30, 2002 / Apr 30, 2002

Object ID: 265

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The Soloist is designed to belay a climber while solo climbing. A directional cam allows rope to feed through automatically as the climber advances, yet locks solidly in a fall, without rope damage. The Soloist is suitable for lead climbing or top roping and you can also rappel with it. The Soloist comes with a detailed instruction manual which must be read and understood before using the device.
  • This is not a device for novice climbers.
  • It requires a strong understanding of advanced rigging techniques.
  • The Soloist must be used with a chest harness because it will not lock when inverted, i.e. it will not reliably catch a head-first fall. This means that certain moves, such as heel hooks, should not be attempted if there is any chance of the hands blowing.
Online Resources:Similiar Products: Wren Industries Silent Partner, Wren Industries Solo Aid



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Bill OttUntitled Review

Voted 3/5

Used the Soloist on top-rope only. It was very useful, in fact my first successful 5.10a climb was while using this handy tool. Never thought to use it for rappeling. It would be nice to hear from anyone who has used it as a rappel device.
Posted Jun 26, 2002 1:42 pm

PHenrySoloist on ice

Voted 4/5

I have recently started using a soloist for top roped ice climbing. It works as intended,
but is not fool-proof--see smithkennedy review. Read & follow the manual !
Posted Feb 7, 2008 11:46 pm

Brian CGetting familiar

Voted 4/5

I got one of these not too long ago. It definitely takes a solid understanding of anchor rigging. Not for the casual climber. It is pretty cool to be able to climb when nobody else wants to go out.
Posted Jun 25, 2010 10:26 pm

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