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Petzl Pirana

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Petzl Pirana
4 out of 5 based on 8 user reviews.

Cred: 206
Review by UltraApple on Feb. 07, 2011
Awesome CANYONEERING descender. It is essentially a modified figure 8. Used in Zion NP with a 8mm Static rope. Loading your rope doesn't require removal of the pirana from your harness. Multiple friction settings are critical when working with small ropes like 8-9mm.
This is not a swiss army knife Its purpose built for canyoneering. If you are not going canyoneering there are many other options available that are superior.

Descender takes practice to use safely. I can't stress this enough.
Not designed or intended for abseiling from a helicopter.
Petzl Rack Descender. (Doesn't twist rope)
Petzl Huit Figure 8

Cred: 844
Review by genghis on Aug. 12, 2012
As said, its great for what its great at. Canyoneering, rescue, heavily weighted rappels, etc.
Not highly versatile, the hooks can be slipped off of if knocked or not paying close attention, and it twists the rope like crazy. The carabiner hole is too small for a LOT of carabiner types.
Variable friction ATC or rescue 8.

Cred: 5
Review by SARguy119 on Apr. 02, 2010
Easy use and multiple levels of friction. This makes for easy repels on many size ropes. If you read the review on excessive twisting of rope, then you have never used to many devices. If you can find me a device on the market that won't twist a rope, I'll be amazed. This is a great device especially when using 9mm ropes.
Petzl carabiners only.

Cred: 42
Review by fb_38400292 on Feb. 06, 2008
multiple uses
it will only with with 2 petzl carabiners
a rescue 8

Cred: 2
Review by Stormbird on Jan. 19, 2010
Silent equipment for clandestine ops. Possible to choose different levels of friction.
Highly dangerous ! Asymmetry of device leads to excessive twisting of rope. If rope is not very carefully un-twisted after each descent, twist will accumulate and may at best block the device, at worst cause the occupant to lose grip of rope. Serious accident resulting in almost-lethal injury occured autumn 2008, during abseiling from helicopter (NATO country.) Manufacturer at time unaware of feature, no mention of risk in written documentation. Manufacturer was immediately notified and recommended to have product WITHDRAWN.
Any symmetrical figure-og-eight, self-locking descenders

(Comment written by member of investigation board after cited accident.)

Cred: 9
Review by erdropoff on Mar. 15, 2011
Easy to use and I like the brake options
you can only use it with petzl carabiners

Cred: 28
Review by heylookitsjames on Feb. 16, 2011
Love it, so many options. My main rap device.

Cred: 2
Review by mountain hardwear on Jul. 05, 2008
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