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Choice of carabiner for the ZIGZAG

Key issues and risks The ZIGZAG is used alone, without a backup belay system; the locking system must be as secure as possible. In tree care, it is recommended (or required, depending on the country) to use triple-action locking systems. When the rope is taut, the carabiner and the device…

Carabiner Compatibility Test

Any time equipment is to be used with a new carabiner, a compatibility test is recommended.     Petzl does tests for Petzl products and carabiners; specific details on compatibility are mentioned in the Instructions for Use for the devices. • Verify that the chosen carabiner is suitable for the…

Examples of Dangerous Carabiner Loading

A carabiner is strongest when loaded on the major axis, with the gate closed and the sleeve locked. Loading a carabiner in any other way can be dangerous.   Load position Barring exceptional circumstances, a carabiner is designed to be loaded on the major axis. Only the strength rating for…

Carabiner Basics

The carabiner is an essential link in any vertical equipment kit. It is very strong when used correctly, but can break or come open if misused. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of carabiners allows the user to make the most suitable choice for each application. BUY PETZL CARABINERS The risks…
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