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.

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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.

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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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