If you need a handled ascender, in my opinion, these are the best. I've used mine for years as an integral component of my frog rig for SRT (e.g. vertical caving.) Over time, I've made the decision to switch to a Petzl Basic, but not due to any failures or perceived shortcomings of the Ascension. I wanted to shave off some weight and bulk from my rig. If the form factor works, there will be no drawbacks with this device. Highly recommended.