Great device if you know a specific use for it
Review by: anarkhos, 2008-08-12
I used the aluminum version of this ascender for two years. Last week it fell 40ft and thus I had to retire it. The titanium model may be more durable; I don't know.
I think this is an excellent item if you have a specific use for it. The main advantage of this piece is it puts practically zero wear on the rope. It has no teeth, and it feeds with very low friction. The main disadvantage is it makes a poor ascender for frogging due to how the rope feeds (it creates too much slack so it's inefficient for that purpose). Also, at least for the AL version, even though the manufacturer has instructions for solo-TR (which I used it almost exclusively for), it didn't catch well unless it was kept upright with a bungee.
Releasing under light tension is also possible by twisting the ascender. This isn't possible with toothed ascenders.
The AL version is also a tad heavy.
I think this would make an excellent haul ascender, too. If you don't like rope wear, check it out!