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Got these wooden handle with a rubberloop attached at one end. On the box it said SCHMOOLZ indoor drytooling. Love the name of the word SCHMOOLZ sounds like something that will melt on your tongue and taste of sweet vanilla. But they donâ€™t melt in your mouth actually they stick to your hands and wanna help you progress in you aim for better Dry-tooling skills. But does itactually help?
Been using these indoor drytooling Schmoolz outdoor on our wonderful Banana wall where a few enthusiastic Alpinists (Kristoffer and Malcolm) has put up 3 routes so far.
Normally we train on the Tavsens park on some concrete sculptures with our axes and crampons. This training facility has been know to aspiring Alpinists in the area of Copenhagen for a while now. Training on the concrete facilities gives you the technique but due to the hight of the sculptures we get to lack a bit in the endurance training. Using the Schmoolz on longer routes feels for sure like it adds that aspect to the training. You never really feel you are on your technical limit but you can feel your underarms burn like when you are howling yourself up some steep vertical ice. So a combination of the Schmoolz and the normal training with the crampons and the axes will for sure improve your skills for the upcoming season.
Using the Schmoolz for bouldering is OK... but not really good. I find it awkward to and insufficient to use the schmoolz on a low wall. The feeling of traversing with these tools doesnâ€™t give the same a leading on a high wall. Mostly my boulder-wall is overhanging which means I hang more from the tools then good is. Which can result in a finger injury.
A lot of good can be said... but a few bad things has to be added to this review. Though the things can be changed it is a shame that it exists from the beginning. While training with the Schmoolz you get this awful pain in your fingers. Like the Pinky rest is designed work or the handle is made a bit too wide. When you climb you don’t feel it but after a session you feel the pain really well. I have tried to figure out what courses the pain. And it seems that if you cut something of the handle and wrap the handle with some grip tape you might get rid course. But again designing a handle might be individual. I here show you what I have done compare to the original design of the handle. So to make a quick conclusion. The Schmoolz tools are awesome if you can figure out how to redesign the handle a bit. Personally I really feel the goodness of the training while leading on a high wall. These tools doesn’t do any good for you technique but it for sure helps on the power and the endurance. It is not a stand alone training form but it can be used as a supplement to your other training. Might even make you train 30min more when you are at the climbing wall! I love these tools. Though this review isn’t entirely good these tools will come with me on the wall every time I train! They sure don’t taste like vanilla-ice, they sure don’t do miracles, but what the hell they are super fun and they get a lot of attention on the climbing gym!
WE KEEP TRAINING, KEEP SCHMOOLING AND FOR SURE KEEP DREAMING