Fernand Petzl was a caving expert who founded his namesake corporation in 1975 to mass produce quality gear for technical rescue workers and vertical sports athletes. Since then it’s developed a strong global reputation.
The Am’D Triact-Lock continues that legacy. It feels great in hand, has an auto-locking gate, and can handle 27 KILONEWTONS (6,070 pounds). Though this is the tactical (all black) version, the Am’D is also available in various colors with a balllock or a screw-lock. Made in France.
Aluminum frame offers some serious strength in a lightweight package
Size has greater gate opening, making it easier to link up.
With its asymmetric D-shaped body and automatic Triact-Lock system, it’s ideal for belaying or holding equipment.
The Triact-Lock isn’t the easiest to unlock with one hand; you must push the gate sleeve up then, while holding it up, rotate it clockwise before pulling it back.
This triple-action gate opening is especially awkward for lefties to operate.