As kids, all of us have wanted to climbing trees. As we get older, the desire is replaced by other things (less or more important). There comes a point in the lives of certain people where climbing trees is again not just a priority but a means of income as well as fun. And like certain replacement priorities, gear is a means to an end, also has replacements.
The Petzl ZigZag is one of those special pieces of equipment that replaces a standard go-to and traditional method of tree climbing… the prusik is replaced with a mechanical prusik. The rope, while on the ground, is installed into an ascending system using the ZigZag. When the arborist is in position, uses proper balance, and working the harness or “saddle” to his advantage. The attachment bridge and adjustable lanyards complete the unit for proper working order.
Out of the gate, I will say, the only real down side to the ZigZag is that you are relegated to “feeding” the rope through the system, where with a standard prusik wrap, the system can be done anywhere on the rope and at any place. Not necessarily a huge issue all the time or even most of the time, but is a consideration for some.
The ZigZag, a mechanical Prusik, having been improved on for 2014, allows the user to move around efficiently in a tree using classic Prusik pulley system technique. The linked rings, which mimic the classic prusik, provide precision and fluidity when moving around the canopy or limbs in the tree. The pulley is mounted on sealed ball bearings to allow the slack to be taken up easily. The steel construction offers great durability.
The technique is identical to classic Prusik pulley system and thus a very short learning curve for the transition from classic prusik mode to using the new ZigZag.
The ZigZag in incredibly nimble when controlling the speed of descent and extremely easy to manage on ascent, all due to the release lever. The friction links provide progressive braking action for fluidity when moving around the canopy or limbs in the tree.
The Pulley mounted below the friction points, are sealed ball bearings to allow slack to be taken up easily. The swivel always keeps the device in position for better rope glide through the device… you are always in the proper position for ascending or descending. moving around and are progressive. The technique becomes part of you.
The Petzl Zillon is the completing component of “moving on rope in a tree” while working at height. Positioning to do work is everything. The adjustable Zillon lanyard is designed for arborist and tree climbing work positioning. It is used doubled, on the harness side attachment points, to distributes the load on the saddle or harness. Adjusting with one hand thanks to the progressive progressive locking/unlocking action of the device is super easy.
It is used doubled, on the harness side attachment points, to distribute the load evenly on the harness or saddle. Easily adjusted with one hand thanks to the progressive locking/unlocking action of the device and the pulley mounted on sealed ball bearings to allow slack to be taken up easily. Built super strong, the steel friction elements allow for increased longevity.
Depending on the working environment, the Petzl Zillon is available in three lengths and replacement ropes are available in different sizes as well.
For more info contact Rescue Response Gear at 888-600-9116.
Peace on your days…