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Petzl Stop 2019 
£98.70

Petzl Stop 2019

Strikingly different update of the classic autolock descender. Pull down, rather than squeeze, the handle to release the lock. The bobbins in this case are stainless and fixed, rather than alloy and user - replaceable as on the previous model. Compatible with semi-static ropes of 8.5mm to 11mm diameter (can be used with thinner ropes by expert users). Safety gate slightly redesigned for easier use, and the hole on the other side is designed to accommodate the new Freino Z. Weight 350g. Conforms with CE EN 1515-1
Petzl Simple 2019 
£46.80

Petzl Simple 2019

Lightly remodelled update of the classic Simple descender. As with the previous version, the alloy bobbins are user replaceable; it remains a straightforward lightweight tool suitable for novices; those for whom weight and functionality in tight caves are paramount; and anyone who does not want to use an autolock. Main changes are that the top and bottom bobbins are now identical, so there is no need to buy two different sorts as expedition spares; the safety gate has been redesigned for easier use; and the hole on the other side has been enlarged to accommodate the new Freino Z (as with the new Stop). Now compatible with 8.5mm to 11mm semi-static rope. Weight 240g.
Petzl Pirana 
£25.50

Petzl Pirana

A descender made of hot forged aluminium, designed specifically for canyoning.It offers multiple braking options and, most importantly, the pitch rope can be installed without removing the Pirana from the user's harness. When used with a larger karabiner it is designed to create a single unit which facilitates in-water disconnects; also it reduces the chance of the gate-loading of the krab during dynamic movements. Designed to work with single ropes of 8-11mm, and can work with doubled ropes in certain configurations. Given weight 90g.
Kong Oka 
£27.90

Kong Oka

The Oka is designed particularly for canyoning, allowing multiple arrangements to cope with different rope diameters. The karabiner attachment hole is made to hold the relevant karabiner firmly, reducing the risk of loss in the very-dynamic canyon environment. Recommended for ropes of diameters between 7.8mm and 12.7mm. Made of anodised blue aluminium. Given weight 95g. Conforms with CE EN 15151-2
Petzl Simple 
£46.80

Petzl Simple

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. Weight 240g Recommended for use on ropes of 9mm - 12mm.
Petzl Rack 
£63.00

Petzl Rack

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 quickly, 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. 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... Weight 470g.
Petzl Rig 
£120.00

Petzl Rig

An auto-lock descender which has gained popularity, particularly with professional users and some rescuers. Apart from abseiling it is also rated for hauling and lowering loads up to 200kg, and lifelining. It is described as being compatible with ropes from 10mm to 11.5mm; although light and experienced users have certainly used the Rig on ropes that are considerably thinner than this - NB that the load before slippage on the 9mm Petzl Push rope is 3.3kN For thinner ropes additional braking is recommended, beyond the use of the stainless steel insert on the body of the Rig. Petzl recommend the Freino, what is *not* recommended would appear to be large aperture (oval) karabiners. Note for expedition cavers, no parts of the Rig are changeable if they wear out! Although they seems to be durable on dirty ropes, this should be a consideration, at least if one is taking a well-worn Rig into a remote caving area. Weight 400g
Kong Banana descender spare bobbin 
£18.00

Kong Banana descender spare bobbin

*Special* spare bobbin to fit Kong Banana. Fits both top and bottom of the Kong Banana descender. Changing this needs a 13mm spanner and 5mm allen key.VERY long lasting.
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!
Petzl Simple descender upper bobbin 
£9.00

Petzl Simple descender upper bobbin

Petzl Simple descender upper bobbin. Spare part for Simple descender. User replaceable with two spanners. Worth taking on an expedition. A nut and bolt may also be useful if the bobbin is changed too late, and the thread of the bolt already in place becomes partially stripped.



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