Petzl "I'D"

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

Worth Every Penny

I was introduced to this descender during my first guided climb up a 230 foot Douglas Fir.



I climb almost exclusively SRT, and when rigged with a mechanical ascender with foot loop and a micro-pulley the I'D allows simple ascent and descent with easier use than rope hitches.



Rate of descent is controlled by the amount of pull on the handle, and a panic catch re-sets the grip and makes this very safe and basically foolproof. The decent is usually smooth and the I'D will allow for a fairly quick steady descent after you get used to the "feel" of it. I can descend quicker with an ATC belay device, but that requires having a back-up Prusik or other safety device or taking a safety risk.



I also have an Eddy Belay Device, which is a smaller, lighter version of this (made by a different company). I prefer the I'D, however, as the rope seems to descend and ascend smoother through the unit with much less "catching" on descending than with the Eddy Device.



There are engraved diagrams on the unit which adds safety to threading it. Overall it's a solid, useful piece of equipment that, once you start using it, you wonder how you got along without it.

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