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Ascending Tools
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
3.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
4.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
4.0

Sturdy and nice

I've been using these regularly since last May, as part of a yo-yo system or part of a Texas system for research and recreational climbs, especially in tall white pines.



These are sturdy, smooth-working ascenders that easily grab a wide range of rope sizes and types. I find the handles comfortable and easy to grasp (Gary Storrick in his review of these complains about the handles - I suspect his hands are a good bit bigger than mine). They're machined from a thick extrusion, and the beefiness inspires confidence - I don't imagine I'll ever wear them out in my lifetime. They're somewhat heavier than other ascenders I've handled (Petzl-type stamped frame ascenders), but only by a few ounces. I find the safety trigger on Petzl type a bit easier to use than the CMI safety, but that's mostly a matter of what you get used to.



Unless I decided to be a weight-reduction fanatic, I don't expect to be in the market for any other ascenders any time soon.

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