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Petzl RIG Descender

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Petzl RIG Descender Easy installation with moving side plate. Pivoting cam helps take up slack.Spring-loaded handle returns to belay position. Controlling the descent Positioning without using a tie-off

Petzl RIG Descender

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Petzl RIG

Designed for professionals, 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 RIG's 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 was designed to perform the essential functions expected of a descender. Since it is better-adapted for professional use, it effectively replaces descenders like the GRIGRI and STOP. 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" ). Weighs 380 grams. Instructions included.

This device is for users that already have considerable experience. For professionals that are still learning technical rope access skills, we recommend the Petzl I'D Descender, which has additional safety features, such as an anti-panic function and an anti-error safety cam.


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Additional Features

  • Multi-function handle
  • Automatic handle return
  • Safety gate
  • Pivoting cam
  • For advanced users
Manufacturer : Petzl
Made in : France
Min Rope Diameter : 10.5mm
Max Rope Diameter : 11.5mm (7/16”)
MBS : 14kN
Material : Aluminum alloy, stainless steel, chrome-plated steel, and nylon grip
Dimensions (not including handle) : Approx. 5.75" x 3" x 2.25"
Weight : 380 grams / 13.4 oz.

Safety & Technical Information


  • CE EN 341 class A
  • CE EN 12841 type C
  • NFPA 1983 Light Use

Petzl Technical Notices for Petzl RIG

ANSI Z133-2012

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released the ANSI Z133 safety requirements which apply to arboriculutral operations.

The Petzl RIG is ANSI compliant.

The full ANSI Z133 safety requirements are available on our tree care standards page.

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