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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

Cracked Bolts in S-Tec Duck-R and EnForcer-H

S-Tec Duck and Enforcer
23/10/18
In response to posts placed on Facebook mentioning a hair line crack that had been discovered in a component of the STEC Duck-R, specifically on the head of the retaining bolts, S-Tec stated:

As a precaution, our development department started an investigation and has carried out an internal audit to track any possible quality control issues. This investigation has found that there are some bolts from older batches that display marks consistent with the appearance of “hair line cracks” in the metal.

We then carried out several tests to establish whether these marks posed a problem.

The results of those tests are:
1 – The “hair line crack” as described on Facebook are actually a stamping mark which is a residual mark from the bolts manufacturing process and is perfectly normal.
2 – A sample of a previously rejected bolts with intentional cracks, larger than shown online, was used and subjected to EN12841 Type A testing. The devices with both bolt heads “seriously cracked” passed the testing process as per the standard.
3 – As the bolts used on Ducks and Enforcers are replaceable, STEC recommends that for any bolts you have a concern about they are removed and returned to your distributor who will the supply replacement parts.

An instructional video will be available in the oncoming days showing the correct way to replace this part. Alternatively, you can return the entire unit to your local distributor to have the replacement carried out.

Click here to read the S-Tec statement.

Update 05/11/18
From S-Tec:
We have had very few actual occurrences reported to us – much less than 0.1% of manufactured units.

SafeTec are aware of the cracked bolt problem. These cracks have no effect on strength, function or performance of the device but is an undesirable cosmetic issue that has slipped through quality control and SafeTec have implemented measures to improve bolt supply quality and production  checks. If users find crack in bolt head SafeTec will supply replacement bolts and have video instruction of changeout procedure to 18Nm using medium grade thread lock – E.G. Loctite 2400.

Units can also be send back to your supplier who can arrange for bolts to be changed by SafeTec.

Users should continue to carry out visual and tactile pre-use inspections and function checking as detailed in the User information. 

Review of the Petzl Avao Sit Fast versus Petzl Astro Sit Fast (when used with the Petzl Top Croll)

Following our comparison of the old versus new version of the Petzl Avao last week, we thought it would be good to look at the new Petzl Avao versus the Petzl Astro.

Petzl Avao Sit Fast versus Petzl Astro Sit Fast

Petzl Avao v Astro Harness Comparison

Petzl Avao Sit Fast and Petzl Astro Sit Fast – similarities

• Waistbelt equipped with self-locking Doubleback buckles for quick and easy adjustment

• Leg loops equipped with Fast LT buckles for quick and easy opening and fastening without the need to readjust them, even while wearing gloves
• Narrow front leg-loop webbing (from the ventral attachment point)
• Six pre-shaped equipment loops with protective sheath
• Two slots for Caritool tool holder
• Four slots for Toolbag tool pouch

Petzl Avao Sit Fast and Petzl Astro Sit Fast – differences

• Fixed ventral D ring on the Avao v ‘Openable’ ventral D ring on the Astro
• Metal Side Ds on the Avao v Textile reinforced with plastic on the Astro
• Lightweight mesh back and leg webbing on the Avao v Padded webbing on the Astro
• Deeper waistbelt on the Avao than on the Astro

Petzl Top Croll

Also worth noting are the differences between the Petzl Top Croll L and the Petzl Top Croll S:

Petzl Top Croll S v Top Croll L

Petzl Top Croll – features

Petzl Top Croll L

  • Large Croll chest ascender on the Top Croll L – suitable for rope diameter 10mm-13mm
  • Y Shaped design with single attachment point on the Top Croll L
  • Metal sternal attachment point on the Top Croll L

Petzl Top Croll S

  • Small Croll chest ascender on the Top Croll S – suitable for rope diameter 10mm-11mm
  • X shaped double attachment point on the Top Croll S
  • Soft webbing sternal attachment point on the Top Croll S

Note that whilst the Top Croll S is compatible with all the Petzl Falcon harnesses, it is only compatible with the 2018 onwards versions of the Avao Sit harnesses (due to previous versions not having the small loops on the rear of the waist belt to attach the mini maillons to).

Old Petzl Avao harness versus New Petzl Avao harness

Petzl Avao Harness comparison

During 2018, Petzl changed their AVAO (European) range of harnesses. They stripping out much of the comfort padding and made some other fundamental changes; which we think are well worth highlighting.

When paired with a TOP CROLL, the old AVAO SIT and AVAO SIT FAST were used by some for rope access; as the design was similar to the old NAVAHO’s Y shaped single attachment of the rear of the top section to the waistbelt (as opposed to the X-shape on the old AVAO). However, the new AVAO SIT and AVAO SIT FAST are a different design to the old versions and as they have less comfort padding, they are not primarily designed with rope access in mind. Most importantly, having limited / no padding, a deep waistbelt and less hardwearing material on the rear section of the leg loops.

New Petzl Avao Bod Fast
Petzl Avao Bod Fast C071BA0x

The go-to rope access harnesses in the Petzl range are the ASTRO BOD FAST and the ASTRO SIT FAST (used with a TOP CROLL L or Top Croll S chest harness).

Differences between the old and new Petzl AVAO harness

All Petzl AVAO harnesses (AVAO BOD / AVAO BOD FAST and AVAO SIT / AVAO SIT FAST):

Old Petzl Avao Sit C79AFAx and new Petzl Avao Sit Fast C079BA0x

  • The waist-belt has increased in height and depth
  • There is considerably less comfort padding in the waistbelt and leg loops. It’s now just a see-through mesh

These changes mean that the new Petzl Avao harnesses are less comfortable while working in suspension.

  •  All metal attachment points are now H cross-section construction, ensuring an improved strength to weight ratio
  • The front leg-loop webbing (from the ventral attachment point) is narrower
  • The mesh on the outer section of the leg-loops is more susceptible to damage by abrasion

AVAO BOD / AVAO BOD FAST harnesses:Old Petzl Avao Bod Fast C79AFA0x and the new Petzl Avao Bod Fast C071BA0x

  • Each shoulder strap on the AVAO BOD and BOD AVAO FAST includes MGO connector holders, which will release the parked connectors at a force of 5kg
  • The karabiner above the ventral attachment point is now an H cross-section Petzl OK screw-lock with CAPTIV bar
  • The old X-shaped dorsal construction is no more. It is now a single webbing attachment to the rear of the waist-belt
  • The buckles on the FAST versions include Petzl’s new FAST LT buckles

In view of the above, we would advise customers to use a Petzl ASTRO, not the new versions of the AVAO for rope access.

The European AVAO BOD CROLL has been discontinued. The International version is still available with a CROLL and the new ASTRO BOD includes a large CROLL

For further information on Petzl harnesses, please visit Petzl.com

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