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Recent Big Wall / Aid Gear Reviews

Singing Rock Footer Ascender Sling

rated 4 of 5 stars Good, quality product. I started off with one of these, and it served me well for a couple of years. When it was time to retire it, I found I could easily make my own with some prussic cord and webbing. Still, it's a good product for someone new to rope work. Full review

Petzl Shunt

rated 1 of 5 stars Unnecessary, "psychological" backup. I was terrified of rappelling and ascending ropes 14 years ago. So I bought the Shunt as a "back up" in case I messed up a rappel. The Shunt connects from your harness to the rope above your rappel device. To descend, you must use your non-dominate hand to hold open the cam. If you let go, the cam slams shut, pinching the rope and halting your descent. To that end, this device works fine. HOWEVER, human nature in a fall is to grab hold and squeeze tighter. In… Full review

Singing Rock Puller Chest Ascender Harness

rated 4 of 5 stars An important part of any ascension system, the Singing Rock Puller Chest Harness is well-made and dependable. I have owned several of these units, retiring them as age requires. They are still available in climbing stores and well worth the few bucks. Singing Rock is a great company, and this is a great item to use with a Frog Ascension System. The harness keeps your chest ascender (I prefer Petzl's Croll) in place on a climb. Without it, a climber would risk the ascender disconnecting from the… Full review

Petzl Pantin

rated 5 of 5 stars Does what it is suppose to do quite well. I have been using the Patin for years as a supplement to my Frog Ascension. Normally, when you start out ascending a rope, you have to pinch the rope between your feet to get started. This is because, until you get a good 10' off the ground, there is not enough weight on the rope to automatically pull it through the ascenders. Pinching the rope with construction boots on can be a task, and a climber can expend a lot of energy in the initial ascent. The Pantin… Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars The Petzl Ascension is the only foot ascender on the market worth looking at. Although the price is a bit higher, I have known cavers who regretted trying cheaper alternatives. If you are new to rope work, Petzl is the brand to buy...period! So, I have said the same thing on my Petzl Croll review, but in a "Frog" ascending system, the Croll and Ascension are both critical components. You can't safely have one without the other. The Petzl Ascention is the only foot ascender I've ever used for caving. Full review

Petzl Croll

rated 5 of 5 stars As a component in rope ascending, the Petzl Croll continues to be the best on the market. It is easy to use, even while wearing gloves. It holds true on wet, gritty rope. I have trusted my life to this item numerous times and will continue to do so. Petzl's ascenders are the only ones I've ever used for caving. They work right every time. I can set and remove them while wearing gloves. I literally have trusted my life with them scores of times. Petzl tends to be a bit pricier than other other brands,… Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars I got the Petzl Ascension ascender to replace my prussik cords for jugging fixed lines. In my search, I tried out numerous types of ascending devices such as the Black Diamond nForce and the Petzl Tibloc, but the Ascension stood out as the best piece for the job. I picked the left handed version so that I switch from using the "double ascender" method of jugging to the ascender/grigri method when I got enough money to guy the grigri. I also carry it along in case I need to perform a self rescue. Full review

Petzl Quickfix

rated 4 of 5 stars Hi Friends, I use that and have good climbing times with it. In above route it is useful 100%. In traverse aid climbing it has a problem on changing the etriers. That means in traverse routes hang down from that is hard. Full review

Petzl Tibloc

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I first saw this device in a climbing mag. As a rescue tech., I/we are always looking to try out new ideas, especially when they are this inexpensive and LIGHT! The Tibloc can be used as an emergency ascender on single rope up to 11mm (I've used it on 12mm with no probs.) and also as a makeshift locking pulley for hauling systems like the Z-rig. Works best with an oval or HMS carabiner with a round body. Plus side: Super simple, can't be removed from rope unless the attaching biner is removed also,… Full review

Top-Rated Big Wall and Aid Gear

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Petzl Ascension
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Petzl
Ascension
Ascender
$64 - $79
Petzl Pantin
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Pantin
Ascender
$72 - $89
Petzl Croll
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Croll
Ascender
$54 - $68
Petzl Tibloc
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Tibloc
Ascender
$26 - $32
Black Diamond Dynex Daisy Chain
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Dynex Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$24 - $35
Petzl Shunt
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Shunt
Ascender
$70 - $73
Black Diamond Deluxe Fly, Double
Black Diamond
Deluxe Fly, Double
Portaledge
$449
Black Diamond Bosun's Chair
Black Diamond
Bosun's Chair
$58 - $69
Black Diamond Etrier
Black Diamond
Etrier
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$34 - $38
Black Diamond Fifi Hook
Black Diamond
Fifi Hook
Hook
$13
Metolius Easy Aider
Metolius
Easy Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$26 - $32
CMI Expedition Ascender
CMI
Expedition Ascender
Ascender
$143
Petzl Pro Traxion
Petzl
Pro Traxion
Pulley
$122 - $135
Metolius Bomb Shelter Fly
Metolius
Bomb Shelter Fly
Portaledge
$325
Black Diamond Stubby Haul Bag
Black Diamond
Stubby Haul Bag
Haul Bag
$85 - $109
CAMP Large Mobile Pulley
CAMP
Large Mobile Pulley
Pulley
$38 - $39
Petzl Fifi
Petzl
Fifi
Hook
$12
Metolius 4 Step Aider
Metolius
4 Step Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$35
CMI R2 102 Pulley
CMI
R2 102 Pulley
Pulley
$45
CMI Ultrascender
CMI
Ultrascender
Ascender
$117
Petzl Bucket
Petzl
Bucket
Haul Bag
$50
Kong Eagle Wall Hammer
Kong
Eagle Wall Hammer
Hammer
$71
CAMP Wing 2 Traveling Pulley
CAMP
Wing 2 Traveling Pulley
Pulley
$130
CMI MICROS Single Hauler
CMI
MICROS Single Hauler
Ascender
$116
SMC Swivel
SMC
Swivel
$90
Metolius 5 Step Aider
Metolius
5 Step Aider
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 - $35
Metolius Gizmo Belay Ledge
Metolius
Gizmo Belay Ledge
Portaledge
$390
Black Diamond Simple Fly, Single
Black Diamond
Simple Fly, Single
Portaledge
$200
Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag
Metolius
Quarter Dome Haul Bag
Haul Bag
$179
Metolius Bomb Shelter Double
Metolius
Bomb Shelter Double
Portaledge
$750
Black Diamond Zion Haul Bag
Black Diamond
Zion Haul Bag
Haul Bag
$200
Metolius Ultimate Daisy
Metolius
Ultimate Daisy
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$42 - $49
Black Diamond Yosemite Hammer
Black Diamond
Yosemite Hammer
Hammer
$85 - $119
CAMP Pulley Small Fixed
CAMP
Pulley Small Fixed
Pulley
$15 - $27
Rock Exotica Machined Rescue Pulley
Rock Exotica
Machined Rescue Pulley
Pulley
$52
Rock Exotica Swivel Rope Guide
Rock Exotica
Swivel Rope Guide
$59
Kong Chest Ascender
Kong
Chest Ascender
Ascender
$48
Black Diamond Alpine Aiders
Black Diamond
Alpine Aiders
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$23
Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Fly
Metolius
Bomb Shelter Double Fly
Portaledge
$375
Black Diamond Nylon Daisy Chain
Black Diamond
Nylon Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$15
CAMP Solo Ascender
CAMP
Solo Ascender
Ascender
$52 - $64
 
Rock Exotica
Mini Machined Pulley
Pulley
$47
Singing Rock Franklin
Singing Rock
Franklin
$170
Metolius Mescalito
Metolius
Mescalito
Haul Bag
$89
CMI Micro Pulley
CMI
Micro Pulley
Pulley
$24
Petzl Rescue
Petzl
Rescue
Pulley
$51 - $63
Black Diamond Simple Fly, Double
Black Diamond
Simple Fly, Double
Portaledge
$250
Black Diamond Pecker
Black Diamond
Pecker
Hook
$20
Metolius Easy Daisy
Metolius
Easy Daisy
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$5 - $24
Sterling Rope 11/16" Daisy Chain
Sterling Rope
11/16" Daisy Chain
Daisy Chain/Etrier
$25 - $27
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