Equipment Purchasing Advice
I will be purchasing a few items to equip an aerial with a very basic rope rescue complement. We have both space and budgetary limitations that I must contend with. I tried to do as much research as I could, but would like a little bit of advice from the experts.
Edge Protection- Looking at SMC Rope Tracker, SMC FLEX, CMC Ultra Pro, or Deus Edge Pro. Will be purchasing two - any suggestions?
Bags - Already have rope bags, looking to buy a hardware bag. Looking at either the Conterra Techsar or CMC Truck Cache. Leaning toward the Conterra, but I've never seen one in person.
Aztek Kit- Every company seems to be assembling their own Aztek SOF kit. Looking at the Rock Exotica or the Deus, but completely open to suggestions. Are any better than others?
Prusiks- How does everyone like the sewn prusiks from sterling, or should I just buy cord? Same price for either.
Descenders- Already have two Petzl I'Ds (wanted MPDs, but can't spend 3+ times as much on them) Everyone who has trained with the I'Ds likes them and is competent in their use.
I've only used the Conterra Scarab for roughly one hour during training, but loved it. I think it might be a good idea to have as a back-up to the I'Ds. How do those of you with more hands-on time feel about it?
Harnesses- I personally own a Petzl Navaho Fast Class III that I purchased after being unable to wear my previous agency's CMC harnesses, but they seem to be the most expensive harnesses made. Any good alternatives? .
Also, contemplating the tripod conversion kit for res-q-jacks. It is the only way that we will be able to get a tripod. Has anybody ever played with it?
Lastly, can anyone recommend a good field guide to place with the equipment?
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It is much appreciated.