Over the years, the Black Diamond Ascension Nylons have earned themselves a solid reputation on the American ski market. They are easy to find at major retailers, reasonably priced, offer a wide range of compatibility, and feature highly durable materials: they've got some laurels to rest on, to say the least! As we will elaborate on at length below, the full nylon construction has its pros and cons. Overall, the closest competitor we tested is the G3 Alpinist. The Alpinist and Ascension grip and glide basically the same, while the Alpinist is easier to set-up, use, and carry and the Ascension is more resistant to icing and less expensive. Overall, as a Best Buy, we like the Ascension a little better than the Alpinist.
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