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Black Diamond NForce Ascender

by February 6, 2015

I bought this ascender (both the left and right) after using the Petzl version for several years.  I like the Black Diamond ascenders just a little bit more because you can use your index finger to open up the cam.  Another great feature is that the handles are bigger – this helps a ton when I am wearing thicker gloves. Yes, there are a lot of moving parts on these puppies but I have never had a problem with anything jamming up. Overall I am very happy with my BD ascenders and I would fully recommend them.

I use these in mines, canyons and even in my backyard.  They are dependable and easy to function.  With all the moving parts you would think there would be potential problems but rest assured you have nothing to worry about.

Cost

Retails for about $65-80

 

 

Positives

You can open up the cam with your index finger. Larger handles.

Negatives

Lots of moving parts.

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A great ascender that provides more grip on the rope using a few pivots.

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I have been using these for 5+ years and they are great! The Petzl ascenders are ever so slightly lighter and ever so slightly cheaper (a few cents), and maybe slightly easier to use than the BD ascenders, but the BD has a more positive bite on the rope due the the camming action of all the moving parts (if your worried about that). I’ve used both brands and find them relatively equal with both + and – on both sides, but in my opinion, I’d go with Petzl due to the micro oz. lighter and a few cents cheaper.… Read more »