Petzl's descenders are amongst the most widely used descent devices in the world, and range in scope from the Pirana, a figure-8 style device with unique hyper horns to the I'D, a belay device with anti-panic features and simple operation. Petzl's descenders are used in tree climbing, rock climbing, military operations, fire and rescue, and more. The years of design and testing that have gone into Petzl's descent devices have produced a range of user-friendly descent devices that bring ultimate function and security to the job.
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The Petzl Pirana is a unique descender with three different braking positions, two supplementary braking spurs, and a small carabiner hole for a “rigid” carabiner/descender unit which helps to keep the descender positioned correctly. The carabiner hole will only fit Petzl carabiners, and is meant to be a tight fit.
Belay device with assisted braking and anti-panic handle, for all single rope diameters (8.5 to 11 mm).
The GRIGRI + is an assisted braking device designed for all climbers, for both indoor and outdoor climbing. It can be used with all single ropes (optimized for 8.9 to 10.5 mm diameter ropes) and is suited for intensive use. The reduction handle offers exceptional descent control. Two usage modes to choose from, depending on need: top-rope belay or lead belay. The top-rope belay mode and the anti-panic handle make for a more comfortable belay, making the GRIGRI + particularly suitable for learning.
New version in 2011 is 20% lighter and 25% more compact! The GriGri is an extremely popular descender which uses a handle to control the rate of descent. When the handle is released, the GriGri self-brakes and engages the cam to halt descent. The GriGri can be used in conjunction with a handled rope ascender and foot loop for short ascents in the sit/stand climbing method. Works with ropes with a maximum diameter of 7/16” (11mm.)
7/16” (8.9 - 11.5 mm max capacity), compact, easy to use.
Rated: Excellent Review by: Jimmy
“had a grigri now for 3 years, it's used 3 days a week and it is still as good as the first day I bought it..! now I want grigri 2 ”
The RIG allows the user to move into position then easily stop where needed. This descender is compact and intuitive to use, making for smooth descents. A simple and effective alternative to more traditional descenders. The RIGs handle allows the user to switch quickly between descent and stopping for work. While the handle is in descent position, it will automatically return to belay position if the user lets go of it. This limits risks in case of involuntary operation of the handle, for example by user action, a falling object, etc.
The RIG is better-adapted for professional use. Pivoting cam facilitates taking up the slack in the rope. Can also be used to make a reversible haul system, and for short ascents (in conjunction with a FOOTPRO foot loop and an ASCENSION handled rope clamp). Single ropes between 10.5 and 11.5 mm in diameter (7/16 ). This device is for users that already have considerable experience. For professionals that are still learning technical rope access skills, we recommend the Petzl ID Descender, which has additional safety features, such as an anti-panic function and an anti-error safety cam. Weighs 400 grams. Instructions included.
This self-braking descender and belay device for single rope replaces a figure 8 or friction knot. The handle allows the rope to move, and descent is controlled with the free hand. If handle is released the cam is engaged and descent stops. Anti-panic device automatically brakes if the handle is pulled too far. Two models available: I'D S accepts up to 7/16” (11mm) rope. I'D L accepts up to 1/2” (13mm) rope.
The Petzl Stop descender is an alternative to a figure 8 designed to work on single ropes with a max diameter of 7/16” (11mm.) The handle works like an on/off switch, stopping descent when released and allowing descent when squeezed. Rate of descent is controlled by the grip on the free end of the rope. Installation instructions are stamped into the faceplate.
Note: The Petzl Stop is a special-order item and ships directly from Petzl.