Petzl "Piranha"

 
4.1 (2)

Petzl_Piranha

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.1
Type of Use 
 
4.5  (2)
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0  (2)
Durability 
 
5.0  (2)
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0  (2)
Ease of Use 
 
3.5  (2)
Safety 
 
4.0  (2)
Strength 
 
5.0  (2)
Portability 
 
5.0  (2)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
4.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
3.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

The Piranha doesn't bite!

Being formally trained using a rescue 8, It took me a while to purchase one of these. I'm really glad I did. The Petzl Piranha can be a very useful tool for tree climbing.

Depending on how you configure your rope, there are 3 different friction modes, minimum. If you incorporate the horn(s) you can custom dial this device to perfectly suit your style, weight, environmental conditions, etc.

Though a bit larger than a standard climbing 8, the Piranha is considerably smaller and lighter than a rescue 8. Hang this device on your rack while you climb, and you'll never know it's there.

Lock-off is a breeze and the device feel SAFE to use with any diameter rope up to 1/2 inch.

If you use an 8 for SRT, get one of these. You won't be sorry.

Overall rating 
 
4.5
Type of Use 
 
5.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
3.0
Ease of Use 
 
4.0
Safety 
 
5.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

It's alright

This tool is slightly better than a figure 8. There are several ways you can put the rope on the tool, which allow you more or less friction. That part is good.



The downsides are: It twists the rope (like an 8 would) and you HAVE to use a Petzl carabiner (the hole on the left isn't big enough to fit most 'biners).



If you are considering getting this tool, I recommend a rap rack instead. There is practically NO twist in the rope while descending with a rack. Some models also allow you to adjust the friction.



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