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Faders steel snaplink - braking krab 
£7.00

Faders steel snaplink - braking krab

Faders 405-00F steel snaplink - braking karabiner. A heavy steel snaplink which is well suited for use as a braking karabiner. Less aggressive braking than the Raumer Handy, and a less massively strong heatsink than the R400; but significantly lighter and somewhat smaller than the latter - and very affordable. Also useful if you want a more versatile braking krab i.e. it can also hold together the Garma harness when in ascent, be used as part of a Garda hitch, and works better on steel cable traverses than more specialised gear. Long axis - 24kn. Gate open - 6kn.Gate aperture 20mm (note, this is *not* a keylock). Weight 144g.
Kong Harness Small 
£5.40

Kong Harness Small

Very compact and light weight steel keylock snaplink, suitable for use as a braking krab in the modern European style. The Harness is interesting because of its shape. The semi-eyelet shape helps locate the krab in correct orientation, especially on the main descender screwgate where it is best employed. The keylock design allows a more easy removal and replacement of the rope. These features facilitate fast and efficient use, especially beneficial when much abseiling is expected. If the Harness is to be used apart from the descender karabiner, it is best attached to the right-hand harness attachment point, using a 4mm triangular Maillon (see option drop-down) Gate opening 14mm, weight only 65g
Kong Harness Large 
£7.50

Kong Harness Large

Compact and light weight steel keylock snaplink, suitable for use as a braking krab. The Harness is interesting because of its shape. The semi-eyelet shape helps locate the krab in correct orientation, whether it be on the main descender screwgate, the attachment loop of the sit harness, or the main central attachment. Also, the keylock design allows a more easy removal and replacement of the rope. These features facilitate fast and efficient use, especially beneficial when much abseiling is expected. Gate opening 17mm, weight only 77g
Kong Banana descender 
£39.00

Kong Banana descender

Kong Banana descender. Effective, versatile, non autolock descender for use on single ropes of diameter 8mm - 12mm. Intuitive to use, no need to remove from harness to fix on rope. Copes very well with a variety of rope diameters and conditions when used with a braking karabiner. A pleasure to use as a descender; it gives a smooth abseil and is very quick to use and master. It has a few interesting points: 1. The bend in the body allows slack rope to be pulled up through it more easily. 2. This shape also makes placing thick and heavy ropes in the descender marginally easier 3. The top and bottom bobbins are identical and reversable - you may still need to buy two for an expedition, but at least they will work both for the top and bottom, as well as reversed.
Petzl Simple descender 
£39.00

Petzl Simple descender

Petzl Simple descender. Effective, versatile, non autolock descender for use on single ropes. Simple to use, no need to remove from harness to fix on rope, user changeable parts. Copes well with a variety of rope diameters and conditions when used with a braking karabiner. A pleasure to use as a descender; it gives a smooth abseil and is very quick to use and master. Useful for novices as it teaches good practice regarding locking off the rope for in SRT.
Petzl Stop descender 
£79.20

Petzl Stop descender

Petzl Stop descender. Effective, versatile, autolock descender for use on single ropes. Simple to use, with no need to remove from harness to fix on rope. Suitable for use on most ropes used in caving (9mm - 12mm) especially when used with a braking karabiner. On such ropes in average condition the Stop will not move unless the handle is used to disengage the autolock function. A good descender for some experienced vertical cavers who value its versatility in rescue situations, and rigging - but harder work for the heavier caver! If you are one of these, using a Freino or Handy braking karabiner may help.
Petzl Rack descender 
£60.00

Petzl Rack descender

Petzl Rack, five bars. The smoothest abseil you could ever want, very little rope twist, and capable of abseiling on doubled ropes of 8mm - 11mm. Can also cope with very stiff or thick ropes (up to 13mm) What's the drawback? They are harder to lock off in a way both quick and effective than a Simple (or Stop, of course)and are marginally slower to thread too. The bars seem to individually wear faster than their counterparts in the Simple. Weighs 470g. Having two fixed bars, these are pretty hard to 'suicide rig'...despite what some films might suggest! If contemplating 'Big Pits' or caving in the States, where stiff ropes are most likely to be met, then the rack could be jsut the thing. Friction is very easy to vary, so single hangs over 100m are most easily approached with this kit. It is also harder to glaze the rope with a fast abseil BUT THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE...
Petzl Grigri 
£55.00

Petzl Grigri

Petzl Grigri belay device. An autolocking device for single ropes of diameter 8.9mm - 11mm. Easy to control and pay out rope while climbing, the Grigri may also be used as a descender although not intended as such (and really requires a braking krab - it generates much less friction than a Stop). Simple and very effective and safe when used correctly - it *is* an autolock, but don't get lazy!
Primary SRT kit 
£210.00
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Primary SRT kit

A full specification SRT kit suitable for: novices, those whose need is for a simple and uncluttered setup, or simply those looking for an excellent deal! Comprising: MTDE Club harness, AV Speleo Pro chest harness, 10mm cowstails, combined safety / footloop in 8mm cord, Croll and Basic ascenders, Simple descender, two keylock straight gate snaplinks, two Axxis screwgates, steel braking snaplink. Held together with a 10mm steel Half Round maillon. All high quality and durable gear, with no corners cut; no need to discard this kit to cope with expedition rigging, longer pitches, or practising rope rescue. Why these components? i. The Club harness is one size to fit all - no need to second guess what sizes a club might need. ii. The AV Speleo Pro chest harness costs little more than the simple tape strap... but takes a quarter of the time to explain and put on. It is much more versatile too. iii. Simple descender is a very appropriate tool for those starting SRT (braking with both hands,...
Petzl Simple descender lower bobbin 
£9.00

Petzl Simple descender lower bobbin

Petzl Simple descender lower bobbin. Replacement part for the Simple descender. Requires two spanners for user change. Worth taking on expeditions, possibly with a spare nut and bolt in case bobbin changing occurs too late!



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