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Recent Big Wall / Aid Gear Reviews

Kong Lift Ascender

rated 4 of 5 stars A pretty good ascender that feels more solid than the Petzl. I borrowed one of these for a couple climbs.  It is more heavy and solid feeling than the Petzl.  I liked it, but I think when the teeth wear down a bit it may slide and catch.  There are no teeth on the outside edges of the cam.   That being said, it may take a long time to wear out one of these; the cam feels like solid steel. Also of note, the cam spring tension is more than a Petzl, so it takes more pressure for the rope to feed. Full review

CMI Ultrascender

rated 5 of 5 stars Review for Short Ultracenders. These are smooth and bombproof. I got a pair of these a long time ago. Wore out the cams around 100,000'. CMI replaced the cams, then after 50,000-70,000' more the cams got replaced again.   I still have them, and they still work, but the rope wells are getting very worn so I don't use them as much as I did.   Super company, awesome product, and made in the USA. Full review

Petzl Ascension

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a great ascender. This is my favorite handled ascender.  I own three of them. One is retired, and has over 150,000' of rope work on it. The teeth were starting to get too thin, so I replaced it with a new one. The ascender still bites due to Petzl's great design! Full review

Petzl Pro Traxion

rated 5 of 5 stars Very good progress capture pulley. Review on the older style, the design is newer for 2015. This is a great pulley. Used it to haul large amounts of rope and gear in caves. The larger diameter helps, as well as the progress capture cam. One trip I was hauling by myself and could barely get the load to move. The cam captured every bit of my progress so I was able to get the load up. Could not have done it with a regular pulley. Another big bonus is the ability to remove or add the haul line while… Full review

Singing Rock Footer Ascender Sling

rated 4 of 5 stars The Singing Rock Footer Ascender Sling is a quality, adjustable foot tape that allows those using a Frog ascending system to set the right length for climbing rope. As with all Sing Rock equipment I have used, I find it reasonably priced and well worth considering. At the heart of a "Frog" rope ascension system is a foot ascender, with its accompanying foot lanyard. The foot ascender has two lines coming off of it. The first, is the life supporting lanyard that attaches to the harness. The second… 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 supposed 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… 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

Top-Rated Big Wall and Aid Gear

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Advanced Base Camp Ascenders Ascender
Advanced Base Camp Chest Ascender Ascender
Beal Clif Crag Pack Haul Bag
Black Diamond Alpine Aiders Daisy Chain/Etrier
$23 - $29
Black Diamond Bosun's Chair
Black Diamond Cliff Cabana Double Portaledge Portaledge
Black Diamond Cliffhanger Hook
$12 - $13
Black Diamond Deluxe Fly, Double Portaledge
Black Diamond Deluxe Fly, Single Portaledge
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dynex Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$24 - $35
Black Diamond Etrier Daisy Chain/Etrier
$37 - $44
Black Diamond Fifi Hook Hook
Black Diamond Grappling Hook Hook
$14 - $15
Black Diamond Index Ascender Ascender
$80 - $84
Black Diamond nForce Ascender
$70 MSRP
Black Diamond Nylon Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$15 - $21
Black Diamond Pecker Hook
$20 - $21
Black Diamond Pulley Pulley
$19 - $24
Black Diamond Rotor
Black Diamond Simple Fly, Double Portaledge
$250 MSRP
Black Diamond Simple Fly, Single Portaledge
$200 MSRP
Black Diamond Single Portaledge Portaledge
Black Diamond Stubby Haul Bag Haul Bag
$120 - $129
Black Diamond Talon Hook
$18 - $19
Black Diamond Touchstone Haul Bag Haul Bag
$170 - $189
Black Diamond Yosemite Hammer Hammer
Black Diamond Zion Haul Bag Haul Bag
$220 - $249
BlueWater Ropes Titan Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Aluminum Fifi Hook Hook
CAMP Andry Pulley
CAMP Brass Bushing Fixed Pulley Pulley
CAMP Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Daisy Chain Twist Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Dryad Pulley
CAMP Dryad Pro Pulley
CAMP Dyneema Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Flyte Pulley Pulley
CAMP Janus Pulley
CAMP Janus Pro Large Double Pulley Pulley
CAMP Large Mobile Double Pulley Pulley
$60 MSRP
CAMP Large Mobile Pulley Pulley
CAMP Lift Ascender Ascender
CAMP Mobile Pulley Brass Bushing
CAMP Naiad Pulley
CAMP Pilot Ascender Ascender
CAMP Piton Hammer Hammer
CAMP Pulley Small Fixed Pulley
CAMP Solo 2 Ascender Ascender
CAMP Sphinx Pro Pulley
CAMP Tethys Pulley
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