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I acquired my LACD from CampZ.com at Amazon.com in 2013. I acquired another pair in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun’s collection.
The LACD is 190 mm. tall, 89 mm. wide, 27 mm. thick, and weighs 199 g. The shell is a tall irregular shaped stamping made from 4.0 mm. aluminum alloy sheet metal. A 17 mm. wide rope channel is formed in the upper portion of one side and a smaller cam channel lies opposite the first. A hole drilled through both sides of the cam channel accepts a 5.5 mm. rivet. The cam and cam spring are mounted on this rivet. The handle below the cam has a soft plastic hand grip molded into place. The hand grip has a slight ledge to support the index finger, and three finger grooves below. A 15.4 mm. sling attachment hole is punched below the handle opening, and an 10.7 mm. hole is punched above and outside the first. A 17 mm. hole punched through both sides of the rope channel provides an attachment point just above the cam. A punched cam stop lies above the cam, but there is a gap between the cam and the stop, even with no rope in the ascender.
The cam is a stainless steel casting. The cam radius increases from 35 to 53 mm. over an angle of 36°, giving a 37° cam angle. The cam has number of small conical teeth. The teeth are parallel to the top of the cam. The tooth pattern is (2)(2S2.1S1)^3(2.3). where the S stands for a single slot.
The cam is a stainless steel casting with a hybrid form consising of a large opening behind the mud slot, a smaller oepning behind this, and a reinforced partial web filling the remainder. The cam radius increases from 36 to 52 mm. over an angle of 38°, giving a 30° cam angle. The cam has number of small conical sloping teeth. The tooth pattern is (2.4)(1S1.2S2)^2(1S1)(2.3) where the "S" represents a single longitudinal mud slot. Like many other ascenders, the inner cam face radius reduces from top to bottom to accommodate various sized ropes.
A spring-loaded manual safety tab is attached to the cam with a semi-tubular rivet. The safety is stamped from 2.5 mm. aluminum alloy. The lower portion is bent outward about 60° to form a thumb tab. The top of the tab has a stamped checkered pattern. The spring is a compression spring that fits over a post on the base of the cam and a small tab on the stamped safety. The normal action of the spring holds the safety against the cam. When the cam is opened, the shell interferes with the safety, thus preventing opening the cam. If the safety is moved away from the cam (opposing the spring), it will clear the shell and the cam will open. At full open the safety can be released and the spring will hold the safety against the back of the shell. This provides a means of locking the cam open.
The front of ascenders are printed with the word "ASCENDER" and an up-pointing arrow
enclosing the word "UP. The back of the ascenders are printed with the LACD logo, "EN12481:2006," "B," "ø10-13mm," "100kg," "EN567:1998 ¤ ø10-13mm," FOR ROPE 8≤ø≤13mm," and "CE2008."
The LACD is one of the following ascenders, all sharing the same design with differences only in the color of the anodizing and in the markings.
I acquired the Asol, Version A and NTR, Version B as a pair, ordering them at the same time and from the same vendor in China. Interestingly, they were not priced the same. The Naxen also came from China. The Proverti CD 211L & CD 212L came to me from Poland and LACD is a German company, but I believe their ascenders were manufactured in China as well.
These are well-made ascenders and perform much like the Petzl Ascension. All sharp edges have been removed. The attachment points are simple holes in the shell. They have sharp edges that should be rounded with a file; even so, I would consider their small radius too sharp for directly attaching sling ropes. They are probably acceptable for webbing, but considering the proximity of the attachment points to the main rope, I would recommend using a small maillon for most attachments in order to reduce the risk of sling abrasion. The lower attachment hole could theoretically have the same safety problems as the one on Clog Version A.
The upper rope attachment hole is located very close to the main rope. A carabiner through the upper attachment hole will probably drag on the main line. Note that such a carabiner will prevent putting the ascender on or off rope, so one's climbing system must be designed accordingly.
I'm not sure the extra holes are needed at the base. Except for the Petzl Pompe, I've never found a real need for a second hole. Some people like them, and I might find them more appealing if they were large enough for a standard carabiner to fit through.
The ribbed handgrips are almost large enough to be comfortable for my large hands, provided I don't wear gloves. In any case, I don't climb by gripping ascenders at their handle. I think it is better to simply grasp the ascender from above and lift the ascender in the traditional manner (unless, of course, you are one of those who prefers to climb Frog).
The cam is very well made. The cam stop is placed in a position where it will not touch the cam if the ascender is off rope. I don't see much need for cam stops, most active cavers don't weight enough to bend their ascenders to failure by cam pull-through, and there is no need to shock load one's ascenders.
The tab on the safety is rather small and slopes downward, allowing one's thumb to slip off rather easily. The cam casting is designed so that it could be used with a plastic safety instead.
Although these ascenders are essentially identical, the acceptable rope size ranges printed on the ascenders varies from one to another.
This ascender has the same pit lip disadvantage as the Clog and other stamped frame ascenders, although the reinforcing will help prevent bending.
The weight ("100kg.") printed on the handle can easily be
less than the weight of a fully loaded caver.
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