Big Wall and Aid Gear

The best big wall and aid gear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 16, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Big Wall / Aid Gear Reviews

Petzl Shunt

rated 5 of 5 stars I highly recommend the Shunt. Use with extreme caution like any piece of equipment. Warning: Never attach a lanyard to the little hole at the back to be used as a 'Tow Line'! Warning : Never attach a Lanyard to the little hole at the back to be used as a 'Tow Line'! I use the Shunt for top roping usually with extended friction hitch backup above the Shunt, which is itself extended from the belay loop. Sometimes I use the Shunt for leg loop placement descending backup instead of a friction hitch. Full review

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Petzl Ascension Ascender
$72 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Pantin Ascender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Pro Traxion Pulley
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CMI Ultrascender Ascender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Croll Ascender
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Tibloc Ascender
$33 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Singing Rock Puller Chest Ascender Harness Ascender
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Kong Lift Ascender Ascender
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dynex Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$29 - $35
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Petzl Shunt Ascender
Black Diamond Deluxe Fly, Double Portaledge
Black Diamond Bosun's Chair
Black Diamond Etrier Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Naiad Pulley
Black Diamond Fifi Hook Hook
CAMP Turboloop Daisy Chain/Etrier
Metolius Easy Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
CMI Expedition Ascender Ascender
Petzl Reglette Hook
Metolius Bomb Shelter Fly Portaledge
Black Diamond Stubby Haul Bag Haul Bag
CAMP Large Mobile Pulley Pulley
Petzl Fifi Hook
Metolius 4 Step Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 - $35
CMI R2 102 Pulley Pulley
$47 - $68
CAMP Sphinx Pro Pulley
Petzl Bucket Haul Bag
Kong Eagle Wall Hammer Hammer
CAMP Wing 2 Traveling Pulley Pulley
CMI MICROS Single Hauler Ascender
SMC Swivel
Metolius 5 Step Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
$35 - $36
Petzl Goutte D'eau Hook
CMI Trolley Pulley
Advanced Base Camp Ascenders Ascender
Metolius Gizmo Belay Ledge Portaledge
CAMP Janus Pro Large Double Pulley Pulley
Kong Speleagle Hammer
Metolius Quarter Dome Haul Bag Haul Bag
Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Portaledge
Black Diamond Zion Haul Bag Haul Bag
Metolius Ultimate Daisy Daisy Chain/Etrier
$40 - $49
Black Diamond Yosemite Hammer Hammer
Petzl Zigzag Pulley
CAMP Pulley Small Fixed Pulley
Rock Exotica Machined Rescue Pulley Pulley
Kong Chest Ascender Ascender
Black Diamond Alpine Aiders Daisy Chain/Etrier
Petzl Evolv Adjust Daisy Chain/Etrier
Metolius Bomb Shelter Double Fly Portaledge
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