I really like these blocks. I purchased a pair in two years ago. For over a year, they replaced by hangboard in its entirety. Countless articles will tell you that most handboards come with too many superfluous pockets. That takes up extra space and extra money. Plus, most hangboard pockets can be tweaky. A straight wide edge, like found on these blocks, allows the fingers to spread out in a more natural, less stressful, position. The only thing I did not like is trying to use them as pinch blocks. While I've sent 5.12 and V6, I still can pinch only 70-80% of bodyweight. Without a counterweight/pulley system, there's no way I could support bodyweight pinching a pair of these. I need either less weight, or a pinch block with more tapering (but isn't that cheating?). A few edge of difference sizes, and a sloper, the blocks do the trick for everything else.