Archive for February, 2019

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.

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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)
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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)

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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.

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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.

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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

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