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Lowe Balls
« on: August 23, 2001, 01:30:10 PM »

Anybody have any experience using Lowe Balls?  Are they worth having?  And what do they do differently than small aliens, etc?
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Re: Lowe Balls
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2001, 09:57:22 AM »

they sort of stink in my opinion, if you have a perfect placement for them, then i would consider them marginal, but it takes such a particular placement for them to work, where small nuts or a small alien is much better. just my opinion
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Re: Lowe Balls
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2001, 01:38:19 PM »

Thanks for the info--I've never used them, so I was curious to hear what people who had actually thought....different people like different things, too...some people (like myself) love tricams, and other hate 'em....
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Re: Lowe Balls
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2001, 07:30:18 AM »

I have a set of 3, used them for years for both aid and free climbing, won't leave the ground without them, I believe they have special powers.  They fit nicely into small parallel cracks that nuts or cams won't. You just have to be careful about there placement and give them a good test pull.    
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Re: Lowe Balls
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2001, 10:05:52 AM »

I wouldn't expect them to take a real fall, but for body weight they are great. still, there are times when you just need something for your head. <grin>
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Re: Lowe Balls
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2002, 01:08:59 PM »

I've found that they tend to pull out when placed in parallel cracks.  It seems to me that the crack needs to constrict enough, that a soldered offset nut will do the job better.  I feel a little better about placing the lowe balls in horizontal placements, but not a lot.

I do like them for aid though.  Since you can test them (they do often fail the bounce test) at least you know a little more about the placement.

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Re: Lowe Balls
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2002, 06:43:04 AM »

For anyone who doubting that Lowe balls can hold a fall in a parallel crack I can suggest to look in the crack half way up Loose Lips :) A friend took a 25' fall on it and the piece is still there. It dug itself into the rock building a quarter inch long track in the granite, but it stayed in, and I,m afraid will stay in there for future generations. I ripped the cables apart trying to pull it out.
My opinion about this gear is that it's good for a very specific purpose where other gear is pain to place. However, it's also pain to clean and if fallen onto is almost always lost. It's smaller then a smallest alien too.
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