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Offline johnmac

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NForce Ascenders
« on: November 04, 2009, 12:46:19 pm »
They have been out for a while now but I've yet to meet anyone that uses them. My old petzl's are getting pretty bashed up and I was wondering if anyone has switched to the BD's.

The new Petzel feel pretty nice in the shop but that's not always a sure thing either so if anyone has any expereince with them would be appreciated. I figure I can probably sell my on Ebay for a good price and not have muck to pay for the upgrade. Gotta love Ebay.



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Re: NForce Ascenders
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 01:07:51 pm »
I have a pair that I have been using for about a year.  They work fine but there is a learning curve for passing pieces when you are cleaning a traverse.  The locking mechanism has a couple of stops that can catch on you.  My impression is the the petzls are easier to take off the rope and put back on.  Now that I have used the BDs for awhile I don't even think about the necessary maimpulations.

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Re: NForce Ascenders
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 01:14:52 pm »
one of the great guys in the Yos Mtn shop gave me a break down on the nforce. knuckle banging was mentioned.

others I've talked to about them have the same opinion. weird angles when hanging on it and not particularly user friendly.

with that said, I have not used them personally, and truly want BD to have a good product.

Offline Garbonzo

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Re: NForce Ascenders
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 07:50:47 am »
I picked up one after somebody dropped mine off the Column in the middle of the night....

Anyway, I don't have a huge amount of mileage on it, but overall it works just fine.  It took a little getting used to, but I haven't had the chance to deal with many traverses yet.  If you have big hands and don't wear gloves, then it'll likely wear a hole in your index finger if you have to take it on and off a lot.  The only advantage I've noticed is that it grips my static line better.  When my upper jug was a petzl the tight weave of my 9.5mm static would occasionally cause the jug to skitter down a couple inches before grabbing, and so far my BD one just grabs no problem.

Overall I think it's a shoulder shrug, different, but not anything to write home about.

What I am curious about is whether it's any less prone to stripping the sheath under high loads, it looks like it might be better, but a real head to head comparison with the Petzl would be really nice to see.