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Short version: Useless Long version: It's fairly simple, these claws are advertised to aid climbing and self defense. And after testing it I cannot imagine how this is supposed to be achieved. The claws will either press into the back of your hand as you pull down or slide off your hand if you press inward. I couldn't even get the claws to penetrate bark on four different trees much less stick into the wood. Even performing a strong slapping motion yielded little more than dashed hopes and me looking silly hitting a tree. Just wearing them removes your ability to grab branches, which is about 70% of tree climbing. The only reason I'm giving it 2 instead of 1 is because they are well built, just poor design for climbing.
the claws themselves are well made but the way they are made makes them very uncomfortable to ware normally or for an extended period of time. i found that putting them on upside down with the spikes on the back of your hand feels more natural. thought the normal way they could be used like hooks for ziplines
if u are buying this make shur to pick up the foot spickes also. u cannot clime without them. but for the price really good. a lot big but gloves are awsome
they work amazingly, but i recommend getting the ball bearing gloves with it as well so that you dont hurt your hands while climbing.
nice and sharp would love to try these out
very cool piece. cant quite climb with them all that well and straps are rather hard to get on by yourself. better for fighting than climbing.
These were interesting. I wasn't able to climb very well partly because i don't also have the foot spikes, but they seem to do the job holding on to bark. Thick gloves are recommended especially for people like me who have thinner hands to avoid bruising. It seems like they would be more effective if the claws were a little bit less curved. For self defense however, I have no doubts that these claws would deliver.
Not bad for the price. I didn't expect the metal to which the spikes are attached to go completely around- forming a thick band. This looks (and feels) incredibly uncomfortable and will most likely require some modifications. This metal band is very lose (and I have wide hands) though I have yet to test them out... hence the three star rating.
pretty good. in order for them to be effective the spikes need to be set out a tad farther from the angle they are now. also different sizes would be nice.
very cool looking but the straps are pretty hard to put on bye your self and sometimes the spikes can wear out a little quick, and the back metal part can dig into your hands when your climbing but other than that a nice product for $12
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