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Cowstails / Footloops


Bag Tether 
£3.60

Bag Tether

A length of 6mm cord to be used to attach the tackle bag to the caver. Traditionally known as a 'Donkey's Dick' but not in front of the caver's beloved grandmother. Supplied doubled (for strength) with extra knots along the length to improve grip (much easier to pick it up in confined spaces). Long enough not to let the bag be stood on while prussiking! A must for expeditionary cavers, where different types and ages of tackle bags will be encountered; and for those using Beast or Warmbac bags. Best used with a small, low profile - but full strength, not accessory - karabiner.
9mm Cowstails 
£5.70

9mm Cowstails

Cowstails in 9mm Beal dynamic rope. Safety cords for ladder / line and SRT techniques. Generously sized to allow for tall cavers, and those wishing to use the 'French' style of longer short cowstail. Supplied with two barrel knots and a central overhand knot - but all users must check their knots before trusting them in a dangerous situation! Lengths are very much a personal thing; many people go with the idea that when hanging from the harness, the short cowstail krab will be down around knee level, that of the long cowstail around the lower shin. But everyone is different!
10mm Cowstails 
£5.70

10mm Cowstails

Cowstails in 10mm Beal dynamic rope. Safety cords for ladder / line and SRT techniques. Generously sized to allow for tall cavers, and those wishing to use the 'French' style of longer short cowstail. Supplied with two barrel knots and a central overhand knot - but all users must check their knots before trusting them in a dangerous situation! For use of this equipment, and suggested suitable lengths, see Al Warild's 'Vertical' website.
Petzl Spelegyca 
£20.10

Petzl Spelegyca

Tape webbing cowstails, whose main advantage is a lower profile than knotted rope models. Short cowstail is 32cm, long cowstail is 58cm long. The Spelegyca is made with stitching that rips in the event of significant shock loading, so that it performs in a way similar to a dynamic rope. Comes with the rubber 'String' device which protects the ends of the lanyards from abrasion and keeps karabiners aligned correctly. Never to be used as a Via Ferrata lanyard! Weight 90g. Breaking strain 22KN. Peak impact force for FF2, with 80kg, is 12KN Made in France.
Kong KISA 
£10.00

Kong KISA

Kong KISA The Kong Impact Shock Absorber is an ingenious alloy plate through which a dynamic rope is threaded (diameter 9mm - 11mm)to create a cowstail set with enhanced shock absorption and some relative length adjustability. While normal knotted cowstails are clearly sufficiently shock absorbing in normal use (as I always say, "where are the statistics of dead cavers to prove otherwise?") the KISA has been used in more hazardous circumstances such as bolt climbing. Apart from the possibility of changing cowstail length, the other advantage of the KISA in more normal use is that it is (surprisingly) somewhat less bulky that a knot and (especially if covered with a length of bicycle inner tube) less prone to abrasion and longer lasting in gnarly rifty caves.
Integrated Footloop / Safety, 8mm static rope 
£6.00

Integrated Footloop / Safety, 8mm static rope

Integrated Footloop / Safety Made from 8mm static rope for durability and efficiency, a footloop and safety cord tied in a single length of rope.For those who prefer the British, to the Continental setup for their hand jammer. Generally we use the Cordes Courant 8mm cord, which is bright green and therefore easily identifiable to avoid confusion during SRT manoeuvres... It is recommended that a karabiner is used to attach this unit to the jammer. NOTE: while the Footloop / Safety is supplied with the recommended knots already tied, the length of each part is crucial for SRT efficiency and safety. The buyer is responsible for ensuring that their setup is efficient, and safe, for them!
Alp Design dyneema footloop 
£18.00

Alp Design dyneema footloop

Alp Design dyneema footloop. Dyneema cord with tape footloop, made to fit two feet. Simple, effective, very lightweight. This new version has an extra tape section added to the footloop, to keep it open during use when passing rebelays or similar. Also, a small piece of tape to cinch the footloop down to a smaller diameter when using it with a single foot, such as when a foot jammer is also being used. A very long-lasting piece of kit, the dyneema doesn't really wear with use - when the tape / cord parts, it may be repaired, or parts salvaged and re-used. A thought; always try to have a footloop that accepts both feet - what if you lose your Pantin? Another thought - why dyneema? if you use a rope that stretches an inch every time you weight it on a step...and it takes 400 steps to prussik out of a normal British pot...how much height have you wasted?
MTDE Siam Dyneema footloop 
£18.00

MTDE Siam Dyneema footloop

Dyneema cord with tape footloop, made to fit two feet by having two single sized tape footloops. Simple, effective, very lightweight. A very long-lasting piece of kit, the dyneema doesn't really wear with use - when the tape / cord parts, it may be repaired, or parts salvaged and re-used. The two footloops allow both feet to be used to prussik; and if a foot jammer is used, both footloops can be put on a single foot to increase underfoot comfort. NB the Siam works better with small feet; much over size 8 (42) some users will find the loop a little small; those with small feet may find them ideal! For SRT rescue techniques that work particularly well with Dyneema footloops, see the 'Technical Caving Manual'
Petzl Footcord (adjustable) 
£20.40

Petzl Footcord (adjustable)

The Petzl Footcord is a pure dyneema footloop, with a dyneema tape stirrup for comfort under the foot. A key point is that it is adjustable - a very useful feature if much expeditionary SRT is expected. The footloop is just big enough to accomodate two feet (although less so than the Alp Design model) and has a special extra strap which can be used to cinch the loop onto a single foot so that it doesn't fall out, in the French style. If this doesn't suit your personal style it can safely be ignored! Given weight 60g. Colour, white, as pure dyneema does not hold dye.
Cowstail Set, standard 
£17.10

Cowstail Set, standard

Cowstails 10mm, supplied with keylock Petzl Djinn snaplinks Supplied with two barrel knots and a central overhand knot - but all users must check their knots before trusting them in a dangerous situation!The karabiners are very suitable for this use, having low - profile gates which make clipping in at traverse lines and rebelays much easier than the older - style 'fish hook' closure. For use of this equipment, and suggested suitable lengths, see the 'Technical Caving Manual' (found on our 'books' page).



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