Petzl

Am’D Tri­act-Lock

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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.

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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.

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