Climbing Gear

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Recent Climbing Product 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 3 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 Simple

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good device for flexible ropes. The Petzl Simple is a good device.  I borrowed a friend's to try it out, and later acquired one of my own.  It works well with flexible rope, but not with stiff rope.  It handles longer rappels better than a fig. 8.  One of the best things about it is that it can be left on the harness between rappels so you don't risk dropping it. 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

Petzl Spirit Straight Gate

rated 5 of 5 stars A good design. I have used this carabiner for about a year on my safety lanyard to quickly attach to bolts or anchors while rigging. Would also make a great draw carabiner. The snag-free nose and straight gate make clipping a cinch. Full review

Petzl Unisex Fractio

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a tough harness and it will last a long time. I have used this harness for about 2-3 years now for cave exploration. Before that it was owned by one of my friends. Other harnesses I've used get destroyed in about a year due to the harsh cave environment.   The harness sits fairly low, but offers more back support than the SuperAvanti. The other big difference is the metal attachment point for the D closure carabiner or maillion. This is a good feature for better wear.  I would not buy… Full review