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Rope Grabs / Flipline Adjusters

Rope grabs offer reliable, consistent adjustment for fliplines & lanyards. These mechanical flipline adjusters will last longer than hip prusiks, are easily repaired, and are more resilient to accidental nicks and cuts. For quick-release versions of some of these rope grabs, see our rope grabs page.

CMI Ropewalker Ascender

Arborist Ropewalker Ascender by CMI


The CMI Arborist Ropewalker ascender provides quick mechanical adjustment to fliplines and comes equipped with an adjustable spring tension and a bolt through the cam for fixed application on the lanyard.

With a minimum breaking strength of 7500 lb., the CMI Arborist Ropewalker is the strongest flipline adjuster and meets the 5000 lb. ANSI strength requirement for lifeline connections. For ropes 7/16" - 5/8". Closes securely with a grade 8 steel bolt and locking nylon nut. Weighs 7 oz.

BuckGrab Flipline Adjuster

BuckGrab Flipline Adjuster


This flipline adjuster from Buckingham puts a half-twist in the cam so that your adjuster connects to your saddle with a single carabiner at the right angle, without the need for a twisted clevis! This is the only flipline adjuster with this technology. New version keeps cam engaged with tensioning spring instead of external cable. Bolt secures with nylock nut and split ring (another unique feature). 1/2“ capacity. Ribbed cam.

Click this link to open Buckingham BuckGrab manufacturer’s instructions.

Gibbs Aluminum Flipline Adjuster

Gibbs Aluminum Flipline Adjuster


Gibbs Ascenders are designed not to slip. They hold well on iced and muddy ropes. Their simple, durable construction makes them almost fool proof. They are easy to assemble on the rope yet will not come off unexpectedly. They can be rigged in all the standard methods for mechanical prussiks.

  • 7/16" to 1/2" (11mm to 13mm) Rope
  • Spring Loaded or Free Running Forged Cam
  • 3/16" Aluminum Shell
  • Breaking Strength 5400 lbs
Gibbs Steel Ascender and Flipline Adjuster

Gibbs Steel Ascender and Flipline Adjuster

Small - Up to 1/2”
Large - 5/8” to 3/4”
Spring Repair Kit

Gibbs ascenders are highly respected in the climbing community for their strength and reliability. Easy to install on any flipline, and secures with a nylock nut. This ascender is a popular choice for those who want the strength of steel.

Grip Rope Grab / Lanyard Adjuster by SMC


The SMC Grip is a great rope grab which makes an excellent flipline adjuster on virtually any rope. The compact, sleek design of the Grip makes it easier to adjust, and the action is smooth and trouble-free as climbers have come to expect from SMC. Each Grip is hand-inspected before leaving the factory and made in the USA.

The folks at SMC build all their gear to last for 20 years of use, and you'll feel the attention to detail in the action and smooth design of the grip.

Gibbs Klimair Flipline Adjuster

Klimair Flipline Adjuster by Gibbs


This flipline adjuster is designed for 1/2” rope, and travels and operates in either direction, effectively turning a double-snap flipline into a two-in-one flipline. The Klimair is compact and lightweight. Climbing with a two-in-one flipline is safer and allows the climber to bypass branches without being unsecured.

Note: the warning printed on the Klimair that it is not to be used on metal rope means it is not to be used directly on steel cable. It is fine for use on Wire-core fliplines.

Micrograb 1/2” Adjuster by Petzl


Petzl Micrograb at a Glance Video.

The compact aluminum body on the new Micrograb provides super-smooth adjustment on rope fliplines up to 1/2”. Lighter, easier-to-use and reposition, and now featuring an integrated spring - no more replacing cable springs! Weighs 5.29 oz.

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Positioner 2 Lanyard Adjuster by ART

Positioner 2
Replacement Clutch

The same great Positioner 2 from ART (Advanced Ropeclimbing Technology), with a terrific new feature: a swivel carabiner eye. The swivel prevents the device from twisting on the rope and keeps the Positioner in perfect position, allowing for comfortable handling in just about every situation. Satisfies all requirements for a high quality adjust through brilliant ease of use and compact design. 7/16" to 1/2" capacity.

Available with lanyard and carabiner as a Positioner flipline kit.

ProClimb Lanyard Adjuster

7/16" - 5/8"

Aluminum rope grab with cam lever, compatible with ropes from 7/16" to 5/8" (11mm to 16mm). Weighs .69 lb / 11 oz. An economic choice for you flipline adjuster.

Rockgrab 90 Lanyard Adjuster

Repair Kit - 1/2"
Repair Kit - 5/8"

Rock exotica’s lanyard adjuster features a 90 degree twist in the cam lever so that the unit lies in a more easily accessible position. 1/2” capacity or 1/2” to 5/8” capacity. Ribbed cam. Weighs 5 oz for the smaller version, and 8 oz for the large.

US Standard Flipline Adjuster

US Standard Flipline Adjuster

1/2” - 5/8”
3/8” - 1/2”
Repair Kit

A new version of the U.S. Standard Rope Grab from Climb Right mounts the tensioning spring inside the cam, so there is no external spring cable to snag or cut. Two versions available: one for 3/8” to 1/2” diameter fliplines, one for 1/2” to 5/8” fliplines. Compact and lightweight. Repair kit contains, bolts, nut, and both current & old-style springs. Made in the U.S.A.

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Zillon by Petzl


The Adjustable Zillon lanyard is built for arborist work positioning. The Zillon adjuster incorporates a series of folding stainless-steel links which hold the position on the lanyard and are easy to adjust with one hand. An integrated pulley on sealed ball-bearings makes one-handed slack tending easy.

The Zillon lanyard has a tight eye on the lead end, so you can use your favorite locking carabiner.

Flipline Adjuster Tether

Flipline Adjuster Tether


Spectra flipline adjuster tether allows the adjuster to be attached to a carabiner on the D ring at the proper angle.

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