Big Wall and Aid Gear

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

Petzl Ultralegere Pulley
CAMP Wing 2 Arms Pulley
Metolius Easy Daisy Daisy Chain/Etrier
$5 - $24
DMM Pinto Pulley Pulley
$6 - $49
CAMP Andry Pulley
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Singing Rock Puller Chest Ascender Harness Ascender
BlueWater Ropes Titan Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$10 - $25
Omega Pacific Wall Hammer Hammer
$11 - $99
CAMP Aluminum Fifi Hook Hook
Black Diamond Cliffhanger Hook
Black Diamond Fifi Hook Hook
Petzl Fifi Hook
Black Diamond Grappling Hook Hook
$14 - $15
CAMP Pulley Small Fixed Pulley
Petzl Oscillante Pulley
Black Diamond Nylon Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$19 - $21
CMI Micro Pulley RP113 Pulley
SMC CR Pulley Pulley
Black Diamond Talon Hook
$18 - $19
Petzl Footape Daisy Chain/Etrier
Petzl Footcord Daisy Chain/Etrier
Petzl Reglette Hook
Petzl Goutte D'eau Hook
Black Diamond Pecker Hook
$20 - $21
Black Diamond Pulley Pulley
Black Diamond Alpine Aiders Daisy Chain/Etrier
Petzl Mobile Pulley
CAMP Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Tethys Pulley
Petzl Fixe Pulley
$25 - $26
CAMP Dyneema Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
CMI Micro Pulley Pulley
CMI RP110 Pulley Pulley
Metolius Easy Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
$28 - $32
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Dynex Daisy Chain Daisy Chain/Etrier
$29 - $35
Sterling Rope Daisy Chains Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Turboloop Daisy Chain/Etrier
CAMP Sphinx Pro Pulley
CAMP Tethys Pro Pulley
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Petzl Quickfix Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 MSRP
Petzl Paw S
$30 MSRP
Metolius Alpine Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 MSRP
Metolius Personal Anchor System - P.A.S. Daisy Chain/Etrier
Metolius Pocket Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
Metolius 4 Step Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
$30 - $35
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Tibloc Ascender
$33 - $39
Misty Mountain Easy Step Daisy Chain/Etrier
Trango Alpine Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
Omega Pacific REVO Compact Pulley Pulley
$33 - $36
Metolius 5 Step Aider Daisy Chain/Etrier
$35 - $36
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