Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cool Product Pick of the Week

Unlike most, this week's cool product pick really is cool! I finally had a chance to try out the Petzl Pirana rappel device that the UPS guy brought me. It's made to fit tightly on the Attache model carabiner also from Petzl which I already had. Unlike a traditional figure-of-eight, you can load the rope onto the Pirana without removing it from that carabiner, making it much harder to accidentally drop it. You can also vary the friction by routing one or both of the rope strands behind the two little ears on the bottom. In the photo, I'm using what Petzl calls "Fat-ass Mode" to get the maximum friction.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

can't tell if the rope goes though the carbiner in the first pic. doesn't look exactly like the diagram.

Dave Mows Grass said...

Yeah, it's running through the carabiner like the diagram. To get it around the back like a regular figure-eight, I'd have to thread the end or remove the Pirana from the carabiner which is a real bugger. I don't know why anyone would want to try that. I also think the little plastic insert in the Pirana would damage the rope. Good eyeball, though! Just a bad picture.

Thanks for stopping by, Anonymous!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good way to spill your drink!

Seth.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a good way to spill your drink!

Seth.

Anonymous said...

DOUBLE-TAP! AH HA HA HA HA! What fine motor skills?

Seth.

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