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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 Zigzag added Oct 17, 2018
$280
 
Petzl Mobile added Oct 17, 2018
$25
Petzl Kootenay added Oct 17, 2018
$200
Petzl Twin added Oct 17, 2018
$120
Rab Pulk Bag added Nov 8, 2016
Singing Rock Lift added Oct 4, 2016
Singing Rock Pulley Twin added Oct 4, 2016
Trango CR-X Pulley added Aug 22, 2016
Omega Pacific REVO Compact Pulley added Aug 1, 2016
$28 - $33
Kong Speleagle added Jul 26, 2016
$80
CAMP Tethys added Jul 1, 2016
$25
CAMP Dryad Pro added Jun 27, 2016
$50
CAMP Dryad added Jun 27, 2016
$40
CAMP Naiad added Jun 20, 2016
$50
CAMP Turboloop added Jun 20, 2016
$30
CAMP Sphinx Pro added Jun 20, 2016
$30
CAMP Tethys Pro added Jun 20, 2016
$30
Rock Exotica Omni-Block Swivel Pulley added Jun 13, 2016
$165
Omega Pacific REVO Rescue Pulley added Jun 13, 2016
$51
Sterling Rope Pocket Hauler Kit added May 30, 2016
$230
 
Fixe Faders Bolting Hammer #330F added May 27, 2016
Petzl Evolv Adjust added May 26, 2016
$75
CAMP Janus added May 18, 2016
$70
Petzl RAD System added Apr 15, 2016
$320 - $399
Beal Clif Crag Pack added Nov 19, 2015
CAMP Janus Pro Large Double Pulley added Oct 31, 2015
$90
Sterling Rope Mini Single Pulley added Oct 29, 2015
$39
Sterling Rope Single Rescue Pulley added Oct 29, 2015
$42
Sterling Rope Prusik Minding Pulley added Oct 4, 2015
$59
Sterling Rope Double Prusik Minding Pulley added Oct 4, 2015
$109
Sterling Rope AZTEC Elite added Oct 4, 2015
$396
Sterling Rope Mini Double Pulley added Oct 4, 2015
$70
Edelrid Crag Bag II added Jul 12, 2015
Grivel Rope Station Pack added Jun 19, 2015
Petzl Pro added Apr 7, 2015
$75 - $79
CAMP Turbo Foot added Apr 7, 2015
$80
CAMP Turbo Chest Ascender added Feb 26, 2015
$80
Grivel Haul Pack added Feb 25, 2015
CAMP Solo 2 Ascender added Feb 4, 2015
$60
Black Diamond Index Ascender added Feb 4, 2015
$80 - $84
Trango Rock Prodigy Pulley Kit added Nov 9, 2014
$37
Grivel Ascender Descender added Oct 22, 2014
$70
CAMP Daisy Chain Twist added Oct 15, 2014
$35 - $39
CAMP Daisy Chain added Oct 15, 2014
$17 - $24
CAMP Andry added Oct 15, 2014
$7
Ushba Futura Mini Block Pulley added Sep 12, 2014
$144
Kong Pamir Fast Pulley added Sep 12, 2014
Kong Zip Evo Pulley added Sep 12, 2014
Kong Futura Body Ascender added May 25, 2014
$69
Kong Duck Ascender added May 25, 2014
$59 - $62
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