Edelrid Talon Tree Climbers
- Product Review (submitted on October 22, 2017):
I am unimpressed with Edelrid. I ordered two sets because one of my employees was sure we had to have them. One of the sets arrived without bottom straps. The distributor claims there is no way it could have happened anywhere but the factory. I sent them back and am still waiting on a replacement pair 3 weeks later. Only took 2 days to send them out the first time. There is a short-sighted design issue of mind-blowing proportions. Within 3 uses of the climbers the velcro pealed off the plastic and was allowing the shin pads to move around. The design and adhesive resemble something found on a carnival toy prize made to last 3 uses. I tried to replace the velcro and ended up resorting to super glue after the second round of replacement Velcro. How does something like that make it past Quality Control?!
My time is valuable and the time I have spent resolving both these issues outweigh the comfort (think memory foam) the climbers provide. You also really have to move around in them before you can get the velcro adjusted correctly. So, you'll be headed up the tree and have to stop and tighten down more guaranteed every time. There's no way to get them tight enough on the ground. Get through all that and you'll be happy with the comfort and functionality.