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New Petzl I’D EVAC

In April 2019, Petzl will launch their new range of I’D’s; including the new Petzl I’D EVAC.

Petzl I’D EVAC – Specific design

Like the Petzl I’D S and I’D L, the I’D EVAC is a self-braking descender with anti-panic function. However, there are a couple of clear differences. Firstly, to make lowering from an anchor more ergonomic, it’s handle orientation has been changed. Secondly, the inclusion of the auxiliary open brake means friction can easily be increased for handling heavy loads or using thinner rope.

D020CA00 Petzl I'D EVACD020CA00 Petzl I'D EVAC

D020CA00 – Petzl I’D EVAC – yellow

Similarities to the I’D S

  • Easy rope installation thanks to the rope guide and markings on the moving side plate
  • The safety gate allows the rope to be installed without disconnecting the device
  • Anti-panic function – helps to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled descent
  • AUTO-LOCK system – automatically locks the rope without having to manually move the handle or tie-off
  • Stainless steel wear plate – improves durability
  • Two descent modes – over the stainless steel wear plate or in the v-shaped rope friction channel
  • You can take up rope with the handle in the locked position. For instance, for a reverse haul system
  • You can screw shut the moving side-plate for incorporation in a pre-rigged rescue kit
  • Anti-error catch – helps to prevent incorrect rope installation
  • 250kg load capacity
  • Rope diameter 10mm-11.5m
D020CA00 Petzl I'D EVAC

In conclusion, the new Petzl I’D EVAC is well designed and provides a useful and ergonomic solution for lowering loads from an anchor.

Certification

  • EN 341 type 2 class A, when used with a PARALLEL 10.5 mm or AXIS 11 mm rope
  • EN 12841 type C, when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm EN 1891 A rope
  • ANSI Z359.4, when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm rope
  • NFPA 1983 Technical Use, when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm rope
  • EAC

Available in two colours:

  • D020CA00 – yellow
  • D020CA01 – black

Sneak preview 2019

Petzl ASTRO – International vs.European

The new International version of the Petzl ASTRO Bod Fast harness is available in the UK from April 2019. There are a number of differences between the International and the European versions; mainly due to the ANSI Standards requirements. We’ve collated the relevant information and have highlighted the differences below:

Petzl ASTRO International – Differences

Releasable shoulder buckle and lanyard parking points

  • The addition of the releasable shoulder buckle on the International version of the Petzl ASTRO is a useful addition
  • The doubleback buckle on the right-hand side (while wearing) is different to the European version
  • Lanyard parking points have been included; a parked lanyard connector will release with a 5kg force (0.05kN)
Petzl C083ba_astro_bod International

C083BA0x International showing shoulder buckle and lanyard parking points

Fall indicator on dorsal attachment point

The International version of the Petzl ASTRO includes a fall indicator on the dorsal attachment point which means it conforms to the relevant ANSI Standard.

Petzl C083ba_astro_bod International

C083BA0x International showing fall indicator on dorsal attachment point

Ventral attachment point

The European version of the Petzl ASTRO ventral attachment point cannot be used on the International version, again, because of the ANSI Standards. The International version does not therefore offer the facility to captivate progress lanyards on the central bar of the ventral attachment point. It does however still offer the ability to connect the Petzl PODIUM to the ends of the bar, using either the shackle accessories (C087AA00) or my using two Petzl Sm’D’s (M39A TL)

c083ba_astro_bod_Leg loop webbing to ventral

C083BA0x International ventral attachment point

"C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST

C083AA0x European ventral attachment point. Lanyard, shackles and PODIUM sold separately

Lateral attachment points

  • The two lateral attachment points are conventional metal construction (rather than the plastic inserts of the European version)
  • This means they can be folded back out of the way when not in use
  • There is a saving on weight due to the H-profile (cross-section) construction
Petzl C083ba_astro_bod International

C083BA0x International lateral attachment point

C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST lateral attachment points

C083AA0x European lateral attachment point

Waist-belt buckles

The doubleback waist-belt buckles are different to the European version.

C083BA0x_astro_bod_waist-belt buckle

C083BA0x waist-belt doubleback buckle

C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST

C083AA0x European waist-belt doubleback buckle

Wider webbing from the leg loops to the waist-belt

The webbing from the leg loops to the waist-belt is wider than the European version because the webbing needs to be folded in order to fit onto the central bar of the ventral attachment point.

c083ba_astro_bod_Leg loop webbing to ventral

C0830BA0x International wider webbing from leg loops to ventral attachment point

C083AA-ASTRO-BOD-FAST_leg loop webbing to ventral

C0830AA0x European narrower webbing from leg loops to ventral attachment point

Leg loop buckles

Again, to comply with ANSI Standards, the leg loop FAST buckles are different to the European FAST-LT buckles.

C083BA0x_astro_bod_leg loop buckle

C083BA0x International leg loop FAST buckle

C083AA-ASTRO

C083AA0x European leg loop FAST LT buckle

You can buy both versions of the Petzl ASTRO Bod Fast from www.abaris.co.uk

Petzl sneak preview 2019

Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI +

In this blog we’re going to run through the differences between the Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI + and what to consider when buying one of these devices.

Main differences

Anti-panic handle

The anti-panic handle: if the belayer pulls too hard on the handle, it clicks and the cam engages, pinching the rope, which stops the rope travel. The handle needs to be released in order to reset it and resume the descent. In other words, this is a really useful function when learning to control a lower.

The GRIGRI + is the only device of the two to have this function.

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

Petzl D13A-AG-GRIGRI+

Petzl D13A-AG-GRIGRI+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choice of belay mode

The GRIGRI + has a selector knob which can be switched between top-rope and lead modes. Top-rope mode aids taking up slack which helps provide for a more comfortable belay. The 2019 GRIGRI does not have this function.

GRIGRI and GRIGRI + rear view

Stainless steel wear plate

The GRIGRI + has a stainless steel wear plate on the moving side plate. As a result, this improves durability, which is particularly useful for intensive use.

The 2019 GRIGRI does not have this

GRIGRI and GRIGRI + profile view

Rope compatibility

Dynamic Kernmantle single ropes conforming to CE EN 892 and/or UIAA should be used with both devices. Petzl recommends rope diameters between 8.5mm and 11mm for both devices.

GRIGRI

Optimum rope diameter between 9.4mm and 10.3mm

GRIGRI +

Optimum rope diameter between 8.9mm and 10.5mm

Conformity

GRIGRI

CE EN 15151-1 type 6:2012, UIAA

Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisting locking.

Type 6: Devices for belaying and abseiling without a panic locking element.

GRIGRI +

CE EN 15151-1 type 8:2012, UIAA

Mountaineering equipment. Braking devices. Braking devices with manually assisting locking.

Type 8: Devices for belaying and abseiling with a panic locking element.

Similarities

Both devices have:

  • Assisted Braking function. This is activated when a climber falls. With the result that the cam pivots and pinches the rope which stops rope travel. Holding the brake side of the rope assists with the cam engagement. It is vital to always hold the brake side of the rope.
  • Rope installation diagrams on the moving side plate and the interior of the device.
  • Ergonomic handle
  • 3 year guarantee

Conclusion

These are two market leading devices, with functions appropriate to difference users. Petzl suggests the GRIGRI + is suitable for all users.  However, it is particularly useful to learners and Instructors. The GRIGRI is intended for experience users. The RRP for the GRIGRI + is £101 because of its additional features. The RRP for the GRIGRI is £65.

GRIGRI codes

  • D014BA00 – grey
  • D014BA01 – orange
  • D014BA02 – blue

GRIGRI + codes

  • D13A G – grey
  • D13A AG – orange
  • D13A VI – violet

To buy these two devices from Abaris International, please click on the highlighted links below:

Petzl GRIGRI

Click here

Petzl GRIGRI +

Click here

For more information on the full range of Petzl Sport belay devices and descenders, please visit www.petzl.com

2019 Petzl GRIGRI

From January 2019, Petzl have discontinued the GRIGRI 2 and replaced it with the new 2019 Petzl GRIGRI. So, what are the differences?

Rope capacity

A better single rope capacity range gives an improved optimal use.

The 2019 GRIGRI (D014BA0x) is compatible with dynamic single ropes 8.5 to 11 mm, optimised for 8.9 to 10.5 mm

The old GRIGRI 2 (D14Bx) was compatible with dynamic single ropes 8.9 to 11 mm, optimised for 9.4 to 10.3 mm

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

2019 D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cam

The improved cam helps to give smoother descents. As a result, they are better controlled and more comfortable.

The rope guide has also been improved, which will help prevent the rope moving outside the guide channel. 

D014BA00- Petzl GRIGRI cam and rope installation

D014BA00- Petzl GRIGRI cam and rope installation

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG cam and rope installation

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG cam and rope installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI2 comparison

2019 Petzl GRIGRI D014BA00 on the left Petzl GRIGRI D14BY on the right

 

Petzl GRIGRI and GRIGRI2 comparison

2019 Petzl GRIGRI D014BA00 on the left Petzl GRIGRI D14BY on the right

D014BA- Petzl GRIGRI progressive cam

D014BA00 Petzl GRIGRI progressive cam for smooth descent

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

Petzl GRIGRI2 D14BG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Grigri 2 (D14B_) DISCONTINUEDGrigri (D014BA__)
Assisted Braking*YesYes
Anti-Panic Handle**NoNo
Aluminium side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handleAluminium side plates, stainless steel cam and friction plate, reinforced nylon handle
Rope Diameter Capacity8.9mm – 11mm (Single Ropes)8.5mm – 11mm (Single Ropes)
Best for9.4mm – 10.3mm (Single Ropes)8.9mm – 10.5mm (Single Ropes)
Weight170g175g
CertificationCE EN15151-1, UIAACE EN15151, UIAA
Colours (2018 / 2019)Grey, Yellow, TurquoiseGrey, Red / Orange, Blue
Price RRP (2019)£65£65

* Assisted Braking function is activated when a climber falls, the cam pivots which pinches and blocks the rope travel. Always hold the brake side of the rope.

**Anti-panic handle: if a user pulls too hard on the handle, the anti-panic function brakes and stops the descent.

Unchanged features and benefits:

  • Assisted braking: when a climber falls, the cam pivots which pinches and blocks the rope travel. Always hold the brake side of the rope
  • The rope installation diagram helps ensure correct rope installation
  • Simple to use for belaying both lead and top-rope climbers
  • Lightweight, compact and balanced design
  • Certification: CE EN 15151-1, UIAA
  • Even better news is that the price remains unchanged at a suggested RRP of £65
CodeD014BA00D014BA01D014BA02
ColourGreyRed/OrangeBlue

To buy the 2019 Petzl GRIGRI, please visit www.abaris.co.uk

For further information please see Petzl.com

Petzl BUFF® Beanie & Balaclava

The Petzl BUFF® Beanie & Balaclava were new for 2018. As the UK has just seen it’s first wide-spread snow fall since March, I thought you’d be interested to read about the Petzl BUFF® Beanie & Balaclava and why they compliment the Petzl helmet range (and why they warrant the price).

They are made for Petzl by the globally renowned Original BUFF® who are based in Igualada, 60 kilometres away from Barcelona, Spain.

They offer unrivalled quality and innovation:

  • High-tech windproof fabric made of GORE® WINDSTOPPER®
  • Provide great protection against wind and extreme cold
  • Fit for purpose – designed for wearing under a helmet
  • Breathable upper section ensures your head doesn’t get too hot under your helmet
  • Fleece lined for ultra comfort
  • Bonded seems using ultrasonic and bonding technology, which means they’re completely flat against your skin
  • Laser cut perforations over ears (and mouth on the Balaclava)
  • Machine washable
  • 2 designs and 2 sizes
  • 3 year guarantee

I’m going to discuss a few reasons why the Petzl BUFF® Beanie & Balaclava are fit for purpose while wearing under a helmet. Firstly, they’ve been selected by Petzl to compliment their helmet range. Secondly, they will keep you warm. Thirdly, prolonged exposure to cold can impair decision making, reaction time and vigilance. Not a good mix when working at height. In conclusion, if Petzl feel that they’re safe to wear with their helmets, who are we to argue.

Please contact us for availability and pricing – www.abaris.co.uk or call us on 01484 768277

Petzl BUFF® Beanie

The Beanie is a cap which helps to keep your head warm on cold/windy days.

  • A016BA00 – M/L = 56-59cm
  • A016BA01 – L/XL = 59-63cm

A016BA-BEANIE

Click here to learn more about the Petzl BUFF® Beanie

Petzl BUFF® Balaclava

The Balaclava helps to keep your face, neck and head warm on cold/windy days.

  • A016CA00 – M/L = 56-59cm
  • A016CA01 – L/XL = 59-63cm

A016CA-BALACLAVA

Click here to learn more about the Petzl BUFF® Balaclava

The New 2019 Petzl STRATO helmet

At Expo Protection in Paris on Wednesday 6th November 2018, Petzl launched their new helmet range. This new range of helmets and accessories will be available in the UK from April 2019. We’re going to take a look at the new Petzl STRATO helmet and the impact it will have on the current range.

Petzl STRATO

At 435 grams (415 grams for the VENT), the Petzl STRATO helmet will be Petzl’s new lightweight industrial helmet (replacing the Petzl ALVEO).

Petzl STRATO – DUAL chinstrap

Petzl A020AA STRATO DUAL chinstrap

 

This allows the user to adjust the chinstrap strength depending on the work environment and/or requirements:

  • work at height (EN 12492)
  • ground (EN 397)

The DUAL chinstrap is replaceable and comes in two lengths:

  • standard
  • Long

 

 

Petzl STRATO – CentreFit adjustment

Petzl A020AA STRATO DUAL Centrefit

 

 

Petzl’s CentreFit system allows the helmet to be perfectly centred on the head for better fit and comfort.

The two CentreFit wheels allow easy adjustment. They’re easy to manipulate, even while wearing gloves

 

 

 

Petzl STRATO – FLIP&FIT system

The FLIP& FIT system allows the headband to be in a low position, as a result the helmet fits securely. There are other benefits too:

  • the system folds into the shell for easy storage and transportation
  • the headband now comes with changeable absorbent comfort foam

Petzl STRATO – EASYCLIP

Petzl A015AA00 VIZIR EASYCLIP system

 

 

The new Petzl VIZIR, VIZIR SHADOW, VIZIR protector, VIZEN and VIZEN MESH now feature Petzl’s EASYCLIP. This is a quick release system, which replaces the fiddly grab screws.

 

 

 

Petzl STRATO – liner

Petzl A020AA-STRATO-DUAL-cutaway

 

The Petzl STRATO liner is constructed from two different materials:

  • EPS (expanded Polystyrene) – Light and rigid
  • EPP (expanded Polypropylene) – good impact properties

The liner (not the shell) deforms to achieved shock absorption. This means the shell can be lighter.

The Petzl STRATO is available as a solid shell (ABS) or vented shell (ABS)

 

 

Petzl STRATO and accessories

Petzl STRATO VENT and accessories

Petzl STRATO                                                                                Petzl STRATO VENT

White                   (A020AA00)                                                      White                   (A020BA00)

Yellow                  (A020AA01)                                                      Yellow                  (A020BA01)

Red                       (A020AA02)                                                      Red                       (A020BA02)

Black                    (A020AA03)                                                      Black                    (A020BA03)

Hi-viz yellow       (A020CA00)                                                      Hi-viz yellow       (A020DA00)

Hi-viz orange      (A020CA01)                                                      Hi-viz orange      (A020DA01)

For further information, please see Petzl’s ‘Sneak preview 2019’ page at Petzl.com

The New 2019 Petzl VERTEX helmet

The Petzl VERTEX helmet range has been around, largely unchanged, for quite a number of years. 2019 will see the launch of the new and improved Petzl VERTEX (Petzl have dropped reference to BEST) and the Petzl VERTEX VENT. So what’s changed and what remains the same? Let’s take a look.

Petzl VERTEX – Chinstrap

Petzl A020AA STRATO DUAL chinstrapThe Petzl VERTEX range has been designed for use with a strong chinstrap or with a weak chinstrap. It’s easily swapped between the two, due to the new DUAL chinstrap. This can be changed to adapt to different working environments and/or requirements:

  • strong chinstrap (EN 12492)
  • weak chinstrap (EN 397)

The DUAL chinstrap is replaceable and comes in two lengths:

  • standard
  • long

Petzl VERTEX – CentreFit

Petzl A020AA STRATO DUAL Centrefit

 

 

This is not a new feature but a good one, nonetheless. Petzl’s CentreFit feature allows the user to perfectly centre the helmet on the head. This is thanks to the two side adjustments wheels, which adjust the front and back of the headband at the same time.

Petzl VERTEX – Flip&Fit

The Petzl VERTEX includes a new FLIP&FIT system:

  • this allows the headband to be in a low position, which guarantees that the helmet fits securely
  • the system folds into the shell for easy storage and transportation
  • the headband now comes with changeable absorbent comfort foam

Petzl VERTEX – EASYCLIP

Petzl A015AA00 VIZIR EASYCLIP system

 

Petzl have introduced the EASYCLIP system. This system allows the user to quickly and easily attach the Petzl VIZIR, VIZIR SHADOW, VIZIR protector, VIZEN and the new VIZEN MESH with a simple clip and click bracket. As a result, the visors are easier and quicker to fit and remove, than the old style (with the grub-screw).

 

 

 

A010CA00-VERTEX-VENTPetzl A010AA01-VERTEX-DUALA010CA-VERTEX-VENT

 

 

For further information on this new range, please see Petzl’s ‘Sneak preview 2019’ page at Petzl.com

Petzl PIXA range of head torches

In this blog, we’ll explain what you should look for in a head torch designed for explosive environments. So let’s take a look at the Petzl PIXA range of head torches.

Petzl PIXA – characteristics

Explosive environments

Certified for use in gas and dust explosive environments – ATEX zone 2/22 (Petzl PIXA 1,2,3 & 3R) and Zone 1/21 (Petzl PIXA Z1)

Usability

  • Rotating knob that’s easy to operate, even while wearing gloves
  • Storage position helps protect the head torch lens and prevents inadvertently switching it on
  • Comfortable and washable elastic headband
  • Supplied with 2x AA Duracell batteries
  • 3 year guarantee

Impact and chemical resistance

  • falls up to 2m
  • crushing up to 80kg
  • resistant to chemicals

IP Protection Index

IP67 – Waterproof to -1m for 30 minutes

Compatibility

The Petzl PIXA range mount directly to the Petzl VERTEX and ALVEO  and new 2019 Petzl STRATO helmets (without using the headband)

Petzl CONSTANT LIGHTING technology (not Z1)

Ensures brightness that does not gradually decrease as the battery drains

Petzl PIXA 3R – E78CHR 2UK

  • Rechargeable – Lithium-Ion Polymer battery (930 mAh) and docking unit for charging
  • 9 lighting modes
  • Maximum 90 lumens
  • ATEX zone 2/22 (II 3 GD Ex ic IIB T4 Gc IIIC T135° C Dc) certified

For further information and pricing on the Petzl PIXA 3R please click here.

Petzl PIXA - 80kg crush resistance

Petzl PIXA ATEX Zone 2/22Petzl PIXA 3R - E78CHR 2UK

 

 

Petzl PIXA Z1 – E78DHB 2

  • Maximum 100 lumens
  • A versatile head torch for close range, movement and distance work in a Zone 1 environment
  • ATEX zone 1/21 (II 2 GD Ex ib IIB T4 Gb IIIB T135° C Db) certified

For further information and pricing on the Petzl PIXA Z1 please click here.

Petzl PIXA - 80kg crush resistancePetzl PIXA - ATEX Zone 1/21Petzl PIXA Z1 E78DHB-2

Maximum 100 lumensPetzl PIXA 3 – E78CHB 2

  • A versatile head torch for close range, movement and distance work
  • ATEX zone 2/22 (II 3 GD Ex nA ic IIB T4 Gc tc IIIC T135°C Dc) certified

For further information and pricing on the Petzl PIXA 3 please click here.

Petzl PIXA - 80kg crush resistancePetzl PIXA ATEX Zone 2/22Petzl PIXA 3 E78CHB-2

Maximum 80 lumensPetzl PIXA 2 – E78BHB 2

  • Ideal for close range work and movement
  • ATEX zone 2/22 (II 3 GD Ex nA ic IIB T4 Gc tc IIIC T135°C Dc) certified

For further information and pricing on the Petzl PIXA 2 please click here.

Petzl PIXA - 80kg crush resistancePetzl PIXA ATEX Zone 2/22Petzl PIXA 2 E78BHB-2

Petzl PIXA 1 – E78AHB 2

  • Maximum 60 lumens
  • The frosted lens makes it ideal for close range work
  • ATEX zone 2/22 (II 3 GD Ex nA ic IIB T4 Gc tc IIIC T135°C Dc) certified

For further information and pricing on the Petzl PIXA 1 please click here.

Petzl PIXA - 80kg crush resistancePetzl PIXA ATEX Zone 2/22Petzl PIXA 1 E78AHB-2

In conclusion, you’re getting a lot of functionality in such a small and relatively cost effective head torch. In addition, you get the quality and reliability you expect from Petzl.

For further information on the Petzl PIXA head torch range, please visit Petzl.com

Petzl I’D Descender

The Petzl I’D descender’s are being upgraded in 2019. Petzl are improving functionality and adding some innovative features to the I’D S and I’D L. They are also launching the new Petzl I’D EVAC. They will all be available in the UK from April 2019.

Petzl I’D Descender range

Petzl I’D

There are some clear changes for the two devices:

  • AUTO-LOCK system – the handle automatically returns to the lock position when it’s release (without having to manipulate the handle or tie off)
  • Safety gate on the moving side panel – allows rope installation without removing the device from the harness (already on I’D S, new to the I’D L)
  • Stainless steel wear plate – improves durability by reinforcing the rope friction zone
  • Two possible descent modes – over the side plate or in the v-shaped friction channel
  • Rope can be taken up without manipulating the handle
  • The button on the handle has been removed

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVAC

There are some minor tweaks too:

Petzl I’D S

  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

Petzl I’D L (primarily designed for technical rescue)

  • Rope diameter has changes from 11.5mm-13mm and is now 12.5mm-13mm
  • Maximum working load increased from 272kg to 280kg
  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

 

 

The Petzl I’D S is still available in two colours:

SKUsD020AA00D020AA01
Color(s)yellowblack
Rope compatibility10 to 11.5 mm10 to 11.5 mm

The Petzl I’D L is still available in two colours:

SKUsD020BA00D020BA01
Color(s)redblack
Rope compatibility12.5 to 13 mm12.5 to 13 mm

Certification:

  • EN 341 type 2 class A
  • CE EN 12841 type C
  • CE EN 15151-1
  • ANSI Z359.4
  • NFPA 1983 Technical Use
  • EAC

Petzl D020AA00-ID-S

Petzl D020BA00-ID-L

 

 

 

 

Petzl I’D EVAC

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVACThis new device is a self-braking descender (with anti-panic function) for lowering from an anchor. The handle is specifically orientated for managing a load from the anchor.

  • Maximum working load 250kg
  • Rope compatibility 10mm-11.5mm
  • Friction spur can provide additional friction, when required
  • Hole in the handle to attach a cord for remote manipulation
  • Gray handle differentiates it from the I’D S and I’D L
  • Weight 615g

 

 

Certification:

  • EN 341 type 2 class A
  • CE EN 12841 type C
  • ANSI Z359.4, NFPA 1983 Technical Use, EAC

SKUsD020CA00D020CA01
Color(s)yellowblack
Rope compatibility10 to 11.5 mm10 to 11.5 mm

For more information, please see Petzl’s ‘Sneak preview 2019’ page at Petzl.com

New Petzl Professional 2019 products

A look at some of the new Petzl Professional 2019 products. These new products are scheduled for availability in the UK in April 2019. Keep an eye on our website Abaris.co.uk and our blog for further updates and information.

Descenders

Petzl I’D S and I’D L

Petzl D020AA00-ID-SThere are some clear changes for the two devices:

  • AUTO-LOCK system – the handle automatically returns to the lock position when it’s release (without having to manipulate the handle or tie off)
  • Safety gate on the moving side panel – allows rope installation without removing the device from the harness (already on I’D S, new to the I’D L)
  • Stainless steel wear plate – improves durability by reinforcing the rope friction zone
  • Two possible descent modes – over the side plate or in the v-shaped friction channel
  • Rope can be taken up without manipulating the handle
  • The button on the handle has been removed

 

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVAC

There are some minor tweaks too:

Petzl I’D S

  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

Petzl I’D L (primarily designed for technical rescue)

  • Rope diameter compatibility has changed from 11.5mm-13mm and is now 12.5mm-13mm
  • Maximum working load increased from 272kg to 280kg
  • Device weight has increased from 530g to 600g

Petzl I’D EVAC

Petzl d020ca00_id_EVACThis new device is a self-braking descender (with anti-panic function) for lowering from an anchor. The handle is specifically orientated for managing a load from the anchor.

  • Maximum working load 250kg
  • Rope compatibility 10mm-11.5mm
  • Friction spur can provide additional friction, when required
  • Gray handle to differentiate between the I’D S and I’D L
  • Weight 615g

 

 

 

Helmets

We’ve written separate blog posts for the Petzl VERTEX and Petzl STRATO range because of their importance and the scope of changes. Please see our blogs:

  • The new 2019 Petzl VERTEX helmet
  • The new 2019 Petzl STRATO helmet

Petzl VERTEX

Petzl have dropped the name ‘BEST’. The range now comprises of the VERTEX and VERTEX VENT.

Petzl A010CA_VERTEX_VENT

Petzl A010AA_VERTEX

 

 

 

 

 

Petzl STRATO

The Petzl STRATO replaces the ALVEO. There are two helmets in this range: STRATO and the STRATO VENT. Again, we’ve written a separate blog post for the Petzl STRATO to highlight the differences between the new STRATO and the ALVEO it replaces.

Petzl A020BA_STRATO_VENTPetzl A020AA_STRATO_DUAL

Harnesses

Petzl ASTRO (International)

Petzl ASTRO BOD International C083BA0x

As the name suggests, this is the International version of the ASTRO harness released earlier this year. In addition to the features found on an International harness (International conformity including a fall indicator on the dorsal/rear fall arrest attachment point and ANSI rated buckles), there are some differences to the European version:

  • The webbing securing the ventral attachment point is different and the plastic insert for attaching a PROGRESS lanyard through, has been removed
  • Metal lateral (side D) attachment points
  • FAST buckle on one shoulder for easy donning and removal
  • Different FAST buckles to the European version (pinch grip)
  • Wider webbing from the ventral attachment point to the legloops

Petzl AVAO (International)

 

AVAO BOD FAST (International) C071DA0x

In addition to the features found on an International harness (as above), there are some differences to the European version:

  • Petzl Bm’D with CAPTIV bar
  • Different FAST buckles to the European version
  • Wider webbing from the ventral attachment point to the legloops

Petzl SEQUOIA

Petzl C069AA-SEQUOIA

Petzl SEQUOIA C069AA0x

Petzl have changed the Sequoia (C069AA0x), Sequoia SRT (C069BA0x) and the seat (S069AA00). Features of the harnesses now include:

  • New FAST buckle on the waistbelt
  • New FAST LT PLUS buckles on the legloops
  • Increased padding on waistbelt and legloops
  • Two new gated attachment points
  • Two additional pre-shaped equipment loops with protective sheath (9 in total)

Connectors

Petzl CARITOOL S & L

Petzl P042AA00-CARITOOL-SThe gate now has a protective covering to limit accidental snagging.

  • Small – P042AA00
  • Large – P042AA01

 

 

Petzl BmD Triact-Lock

Petzl M032AA00-BmD-TRIACT-LOCK

A lightweight aluminium asymmetrical high-strength Karabiner

  • D-shaped
  • Reinforced sleeve for greater front and lateral gate strength
  • TRIACT-LOCK automatic  locking system
  • 32kN on major axis strength
  • H-shaped cross-section
  • Available in gray (M032AA00) and black (M032AA01)

 

Petzl STRING L (M090AA0x)

Petzl M090AA00-STRING-LNew clear STRING. This enables you to see if the karabiner has been properly captivated in both the STRING and the webbing.

– STRING L for webbing 15 – 20 mm wide
– STRING XL for webbing 25 – 30 mm wide

Kits

Petzl JAG RESCUE KIT

Now contains the new Petzl I’D EVAC

Still available in three lengths:

SKUsK090AA00K090AA01K090AA02
Length30 m60 m120 m
Weight4300 g6600 g11300 g

Bags

Petzl TOOLBAG XS (S047AA00)

Petzl S047AA00-TOOLBAG-XS

Petzl TOOLBAG XS (S047AA00)

  • 1.3 litre
  • 105 grams

 

 

 

For more information on the new Petzl Professional 2019 products, please visit Petzl’s ‘Sneak preview 2019’ page at Petzl.com

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