G7 Inflatable Portaledge Kickstarter

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JustinS

Trad climber
Ocedanside, California
Topic Author's Original Post - May 14, 2019 - 08:08pm PT
For those who didn't know the G7 inflatable portaledge went live today. Most of the better deals are gone, but you still save some money on the ones left, and if you buy from their kickstarter it comes with a lifetime no questions asked warranty.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gradeviiequipment/the-g7-pod-worlds-lightest-climbing-ledge
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 14, 2019 - 08:28pm PT
Pretty cool concept. The demo of the setup is really good. Good luck with this.
Ballo

Trad climber
May 14, 2019 - 10:09pm PT
I'd be the first to climb with it pre-inflated so I didn't waste energy at the end of the day
klaus

Big Wall climber
6th and Mission
May 15, 2019 - 07:08am PT
What do you do when it pops?
WBraun

climber
May 15, 2019 - 07:41am PT
What do you do when it pops?

You pour old english 800 into it ....
john hansen

climber
May 15, 2019 - 10:42am PT

the worst sound to hear when your bedding down for the night...

"sssssssssssssssssssssssssss"
JLP

Social climber
The internet
May 15, 2019 - 11:01am PT
Nylon 235D is pretty thin. Sleeping pressed against a rock is pretty abrasive. Two of these things are 7 lbs to an A5 double's 9 + a couple ridge rests that double as haul bag padding. That's not a lot of weight savings for the extreme loss of durability and increased risk.

I'm just not seeing this thing go anywhere other than extreme alpine ascents and tech nerds on their way to bailing off the Nose - as in they'll sell like 10 per year. ie, they probably made more money off the gofundme than 10 years of profits.
Don Paul

Social climber
Washington DC
May 15, 2019 - 06:08pm PT
^ If that's the weight difference then this is not a good design. I think the key design feature would be that, if it pops and deflates, you can still sleep in it, in a fetal position, in a one-point hammock. If it pops and you're in it, and the next thing you know you are hanging from your harness tangled up in the ledge, that's not a good nights sleep.

When I was climbing these kinds of routes 30 years ago, I didn't have a ledge but borrowed a bent up grammici ledge from a friend. I took it up two routes, Zodiac and the Moonlight Buttress, and it didn't work either time. I would set it up, then when I weighted it, it would turn into an hourglass shape and toss me out. On Zodiac I was trying to hang the haulbag horizontally and at least put my legs in it, to get the weight off the harness. I never solved any of these problems and hung in my harness every night. So, this inflatable design would have to work even if the ledge popped, otherwise go with the double A5.
Matt's

climber
May 15, 2019 - 07:36pm PT
If they are smart, they should be able to sell 100s of these to people looking for a cool hammock for every one they sell to a climber.
Vink Climber

Big Wall climber
Canada
May 16, 2019 - 04:38pm PT
But like they come with a Lifetime Warranty...If you are ever thinking of climbing a wall who the hell would not but one? cheaper than a normal ledge and looks a way more comfy.. Sure the new D4 Ledges are cool and have their place, but weight man! I hate hauling and if I could climb with a pack compared to haul you would just move so fast.

And from what I can tell, the Lifetime warranty is a Kickstarter special

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gradeviiequipment/the-g7-pod-worlds-lightest-climbing-ledge?ref=8twatj

donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 16, 2019 - 04:58pm PT
Sounds pretty revolutionary and it appears they have done due diligence in regards to testing...could be a game changer.
Vink Climber

Big Wall climber
Canada
May 16, 2019 - 05:04pm PT
Yeah they said 6 years of testing? I'm highly considering getting one, but gotta pay rent hmmmmmm
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