Descenders & Belay Devices

Advances in manufacturing have allowed for significant improvements in rope control devices, even simple belay devices for mountaineering are now hot forged and CNC machined allowing for tighter tolerances, ease of use and improved control. Auto locking devices and force limiting devices have also greatly influenced the techniques and systems used in modern rope access and rescue whilst significantly improving safety.

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Harken CMC Clutch
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[{ "Product Name": "Harken CMC Clutch", "Product Code": "HRIN401", "Weight": "836g / 1.84lbs ", "Dimensions": "208 x 112 x 47mm / 8.2 x 4.4 x 1.9in", "Rope Diameter": "10.5–11mm / 7-16in", "Maximum Load": "272kg / 600lbs", "Colour": "Graphite", "Certification": " EN 12841:2006/C, EN 341:2001/2A, EN 15151-1: 2012/8" }]
  • Features a faceted ratcheting sheave of stainless steel.
  • Combines the attributes of more expensive multipurpose devices with those of less sophisticated wearable personal descenders.
  • The double latched side-plate is independant of the devices attachment point.
  • Patented mechanical geometry inside the device and an ergonomic handle.

    Harken CMC Clutch

    Personal descender and traditional raise/lower system. 

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    CMC Multi Purpose Device
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    [{ "Product Name": "CMC MPD", "Product Code ": "-", "Weight": "1.2kg / 2.6lb", "Rope Size ": "11mm", "Colour": "Slate Blue" }]
    • Variable-friction descent control device for rescue systems and rappels.
    • Incorporates a high efficiency pulley with an integral rope-locking mechanism (ratchet) for a haul system.
    • Built-in becket allows cleaner rigging and more efficient pulley systems.
    • Allows main line and belay line rigging to be mirrored or twin-tensioned.
    • Functions as both a lowering brake and as a ratcheting pulley for raising.
    • Ideal for confined space operations because it converts rapidly to a retrieval line.

      CMC Multi Purpose Device

      A device for rope rescue device capbable of both lowering and raising. 

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      Petzl Maestro S
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      [{ "Product Name": "Petzl Maestro S", "Product Code ": "PZD024AA00", "Colour": "Yellow", "Rope Compatability ": "10.5 to 11.5mm", "Weight": "1100g" }]
      • Great versatility making it ideal for technical rescue.
      • A very easy descender device to use.
      • Suitable for handling heavy loads.

        Petzl Maestro S

        Descender with integrated progress-capture pulley for loads up to 250 kg, compatible with 10.5 to 11.5 mm ropes. 

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        Petzl I'D Evac
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        [{ "Product Name": "Petzl I'D Evac", "Product Code": "PZD020CA01", "Weight": "615g", "Dimensions": "-", "Rope Compatability": "10 to 11.5mm", "Maximum Load": "250kg", "Colour": "Black", "Certification": "-" },{ "Product Name": "Petzl I'D Evac", "Product Code": "PZD020CA00", "Weight": "615g", "Dimensions": "-", "Rope Compatability": "10 to 11.5mm", "Maximum Load": "250kg", "Colour": "Yellow", "Certification": "-" }]
        • A safety gate on the moving side plate allows the rope to be installed easily while the device remains connected to the anchor.
        • An anti-error catch reduces the risk of an accident due to incorrect installation of the device on the rope.
        • The anti-panic function automatically stops the descent if the user pulls too hard on the handle.
        • Once locked, the rope can be taken up without having to manipulate the handle, allowing the user to make a reversible haul system.
        • The moving side-plate can be locked shut with a screw, allowing the I’D EVAC to be integrated into evacuation kits.
        • Open auxiliary brake allows the user to increase the friction in accordance with the weight of the load and the rope diameter, and to install or release a rope at any time.

          Petzl I'D Evac

          A self braking descender to lower personnel from an anchor point. 

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          Petzl I'D
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          [{ "Product Name": "Petzl I'D S ", "Product Code": "PZD020AA01", "Colour": "Black", "Rope Diameter": "10 - 11.5 mm", "Maximum Load": "250kg", "Weight": "600g" },{ "Product Name": "Petzl I'D S", "Product Code": "PZD020AA00", "Colour": "Yellow", "Rope Diameter": "10 - 11.5 mm", "Maximum Load": "250kg", "Weight": "600g" },{ "Product Name": "Petzl I'D L ", "Product Code": "PZD020BA01", "Colour": "Black", "Rope Diameter": "12.5- 13mm", "Maximum Load": "280kg", "Weight": "600g" }]

            Petzl I'D

            A self braking descender with a multi-function handle that allows control of the descent speed. 

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            Petzl Rig
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            [{ "Product Name": "Petzl Rig", "Product Code": "PZD021AA01", "Weight ": "400g", "Dimensions": "-", "Rope Diameter": "10 - 11.5mm", "Maximum Load": "200kg", "Colour": "Black", "Certification": "-" },{ "Product Name": "Petzl Rig", "Product Code": "PZD021AA00", "Weight ": "400g", "Dimensions": "-", "Rope Diameter": "10 - 11.5mm", "Maximum Load": "200kg", "Colour": "Yellow", "Certification": "-" }]

              Petzl Rig

              Compact self-braking descender for rope access. 

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              Petzl GRIGRI
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              [{ "Product Name": "Petzl GRIGRI", "Product Code": "PZD014BA00", "Weight": "175g", "Rope Compatability": "8.5-11mm Single Rope", "Assisted Locking": "Yes", "Anti-Panic Feature": "No", "Certification": "CE EN 15151-1, UKCA, UIAA", "Colour": "Grey" }]
              • Cam assisted blocking for a more comfortable belay.
              • Cam assisted blocking offers leeway for the brake-side hand position.
              • Intended for all users and is simple to use for belaying both lead and top rope climbers.
              • Comfortable and convenient when lowering.

                Petzl GRIGRI

                Belay device with assisted braking, for a broad range of single rope diameters. 

                Skylotec Mark 1 Plus
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                [{ "Product Name": "Skylotec Mark 1 Plus ", "Weight": "0.43kg", "Size": "205 x 34 x 85mm", "Colour": "Black" }]

                  Skylotec Mark 1 Plus

                  The only repelling device meeting EN 341-2A:2011 and EN 12841-C:2006 standards.

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                  CT Click Up Plus
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                  [{ "Product Name": "CT Click Up Plus", "Product Code": "AD2K670BWNSYF", "Weight": "110g", "Rope Compatibility ": "8.5-11mm Single", "Assisted Locking": "No", "Anti-Panic Feature": "No", "Colour": "Blue", "Certification": "EN 15151-2:2012 type 2" },{ "Product Name": "CT Click Up Plus", "Product Code": "AD2K645BSISYH", "Weight": "110g", "Rope Compatibility ": "8.5-11mm Single", "Assisted Locking": "No", "Anti-Panic Feature": "No", "Colour": "Yellow", "Certification": "EN 15151-2:2012 type 2" }]
                  • Effective in paying out rope.
                  • Comfortable for top-rope belayers.
                  • V-Proof System makes the device even safer.

                    CT Click Up Plus

                    An effective and ergonomic manual braking belay device. 

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                    Anka
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                    [{ "Product Name": "Anka", "Product Code": "A1100MG", "EAN": "5031290220002", "Colour": "Matt Grey", "Weight": "169g", "Rope Diameter": "-", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2013" }]
                    • Abseil specific device for increased control when abseiling.
                    • Robust design for intensive use.
                    • Large surface area gives effective heat dissipation.
                    • 90 degree offset ensures correct loading.

                      Anka

                      An abseil device that is purpose built for extended abseiling and heavy use.

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                      Figure 8
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                      [{ "Product Name": "Figure 8", "Product Code": "A1150P", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Silver", "Weight": "116g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2013" },{ "Product Name": "Figure 8/Belay Master", "Product Code": "A1150/872", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Silver/Titanium", "Weight": "208g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012, EN 362:2004 B/T, EN 12275:1998 B/H" },{ "Product Name": "Figure of Eight", "Product Code": "A1150MG", "EAN": "5031290213493", "Colour": "Matt Grey", "Weight": "116g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2013" }]
                      • Abseil specific device for increased control when abseiling.
                      • Robust design for intensive use.

                        Figure 8

                        The classic abseil device, ideal for walls and training centres running group abseil sessions.

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                        Petzl Pirana
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                        [{ "Product Name": "Petzl Pirana", "Product Code": "PZD05 NOI", "Weight ": "90g", "Rope Compatibility": "Single ropes between 8-13mm diameter", "Colour": "Black" }]
                        • Three braking positions.
                        • Two extra friction spurs allow friction to be varied during descent.
                        • When used with a carabiner with a cross-section of 12mm, it creates a rigid carabiner/descender unit that helps maintain noise discipline.
                        • Stays attached to the harness during rope insertion, to help prevent loss.
                        • Reduces the risk of leverage on the carabiner gate due to poor positioning.

                          Petzl Pirana

                          Descender offering multiple braking options which can be installed on the rope without removal from the harness. 

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                          Rock Exotica Totem
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                          [{ "Product Name": "Rock Exotica Totem", "Product Code": "RF10", "MBS": "30kN", "Weight": "128g ", "Height": "190mm", "Width": "64mm " }]

                            Rock Exotica Totem

                            A versatile rigging and rappelling tool for rescue use. 

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                            MiniEight
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                            [{ "Product Name": "MiniEight", "Product Code": "R3F", "Weight": "60g", "Height": "92mm", "Width": "82mm", "Maximum Rope Diameter (Single)": "13mm", "Maximum Rope Diameter (Double)": "10.5mm", "Colour": "Black" }]

                              MiniEight

                              Descender which accomodates a wide range of rope sizes. 

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                              Pivot
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                              [{ "Product Name": "Pivot", "Product Code": "A1160BL", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Blue", "Weight": "72g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012", "NSN Code": "" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot", "Product Code": "A1160GR", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Green", "Weight": "72g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012", "NSN Code": "" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot", "Product Code": "A1160LG", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Lime", "Weight": "72g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012", "NSN Code": "" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot/Phantom HMS Set", "Product Code": "A1160BL/572", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Blue", "Weight": "130g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012", "NSN Code": "" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot/Phantom HMS Set", "Product Code": "A1160GR/572", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Green", "Weight": "130g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012", "NSN Code": "" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot/Phantom HMS Set", "Product Code": "A1160LG/572", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Lime", "Weight": "130g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012", "NSN Code": "" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot", "Product Code": "A1160MG", "EAN": "5031290211567", "Colour": "Matt Grey", "Weight": "72g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2013", "NSN Code": "8465-99-753-3903" },{ "Product Name": "Pivot/Rhino Set", "Product Code": "A1160MG/542MG", "EAN": "5031290220019", "Colour": "Matt Grey", "Weight": "145g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.7mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2013, EN 362:2004 B, EN 12275:2013 B & H", "NSN Code": "" }]
                              • Belay device gives controlled belaying, lowering and abseiling.
                              • Pivot enables guide mode and gives easily controlled lowering of two seconds.
                              • High performance internal geometry gives greater rope control.
                              • Two friction modes for varying applications.

                                Pivot

                                A versatile, high performance belay device which allows you to easily control lowering one or two seconds in guide mode.

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                                Mantis
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                                [{ "Product Name": "Mantis", "Product Code": "A1165OR", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Orange", "Weight": "45g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis", "Product Code": "A1165PR", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Purple", "Weight": "45g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis", "Product Code": "A1165BLT", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Titanium", "Weight": "45g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis/Ceros Set", "Product Code": "A1165OR/562", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Orange/Titanium", "Weight": "131g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis/Ceros Set", "Product Code": "A1165PR/562", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Purple/Titanium", "Weight": "131g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis/Ceros Set", "Product Code": "A1165BLT/562", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Titanium", "Weight": "131g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis/Shadow HMS Set", "Product Code": "A1165OR/682", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Orange", "Weight": "131g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis/Shadow HMS Set", "Product Code": "A1165PR/682", "EAN": "", "Colour": "Purple/Titanium", "Weight": "131g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" },{ "Product Name": "Mantis", "Product Code": "A1165MG", "EAN": "5031290220026", "Colour": "Matt Grey", "Weight": "45g", "Rope Diameter": "Half/Twin: 7.3mm-9.2mm | Single: 8.5mm-11mm", "Meets Requirements of": "EN15151-2:2012" }]
                                • High performance internal geometry gives greater rope control.
                                • Two friction modes for varying applications.

                                  Mantis

                                  A lightweight belay device that is suitable for all round climbing with single, half, or twin ropes.