Petzl Pirana Descender

Petzl Pirana Descender

Petzl Pirana Descender is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 29.
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Product Description Item No.   10012009

The Pirana Descender by Petzl is a figure-eight descender for descending on single or double rope.

FEATURES of the Petzl Pirana Descender

  • Three different braking positions to select from before beginning a descent
  • Two supplementary braking spurs allow friction to be varied during descent
  • A carabiner with a cross section of 12 mm (e.g. ATTACHE) provides a tight fit in the small hole, creating a "rigid" carabiner / descender unit
  • Stays securely attached to the harness during rope insertion, to help prevent loss
  • Reduces the risk of leverage on the carabiner gate due to poor positioning
  • The PIRANA helps prevent the formation of a lark's head hitch around the body and reduces rope twisting, without decreasing braking friction

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Fits Rope Size: 13 mm
Weight: 3.1 oz
Material Details: Aluminium
Best Use: Travel, Climbing, Caving, Canyoning
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neat piece of gear, not entirely necessary The first time I used one was on a 120' hanging rappel off an old railroad bridge at Exit 38 east of Seattle. It was a single rope rappel, so it was really handy to have, since it has many configurations in which you can increase friction. I've since purchased my own and use it while I give my Black Diamond figure 8 to a climbing buddy. With double rope rappelling it's basically like a regular ol' figure 8. It doesn't fit with many biners. Petzl William and Attache work perfectly, and Camp's locking oval biner also fits, albeit not as snuggly as Petzl's stuff. I like it, but more for the crazy design. If you're on a budget, a figure 8 is a more practical way to go.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Chuck Norris of Descenders I bought it because it looked cool, and I didn't want just a regular old figure 8. I love its versatility, with its variety of set ups and what not. It offers you much more than a regular old figure 8. You can descend, or even belay, so it is a great addition to your climbing gear. I read reviews of it beforehand, and people said the hole was small. They were right. I tried a variety of biners, before breaking down and buying a Petzl Attache. It was a tight fit, but it fit. Petzl says they desire a tight fit, and they certainly accomplish that. So if you don't make the same mistake I did, and pair it with a Petzl biner in the beginning, you will have no complaints.
Date published: 2007-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like having two extra thumbs! I bought this thing to use for making transitions for ascending to descending but found it to be my favorite belaying tool in my bag. I love it for lead climbing since its so easy to give and take lots of slack at once and on demand so smoothly. my climbing partner had a problem giving me plenty of slack when clipping in may draws but this cured that. the extra friction is great for holding for breaks and the ability to lock it in to give your buddy a break is great to. only thing is you have to order the williams or apache beaners to use with this or it just looks pretty and useless. anything starts with a "P" in its name and is made in france is the total stuff. Get one, you'll love it!
Date published: 2012-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Figure What????? This device is much like a figure 8 except it has a ton of style. I took the Pirana to the climbing gym the other day and everyone was wanting to see what this little guy could do. There are 4 main friction settings that can be applied to change the speed at which you descend. You need to order a small carabiner if you do not have one though. Petzl made the Pirana to work best with Petzl carabiners. I was able to get the "Petzl Am'd" carabiner to work however, I think they suggest the "Petzl Attache" or the "Petzl William".
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than some I've used the Pirana for a couple of years. Now its mainly used as a back up or loaner decent device. It works well in a variety of conditions but there are several product that have come out that work better. Its a big step up from a regular 8 or bucket and not having to unhook it from your carabiner when descending into water is were its at. While I have never had the rope pop off the arms I wish they were a little bigger for a more secure feel and easier adjustability on the big drops over 300'.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing is knarley !! It has three friction options, can be used with different sized ropes, and two roeps as well as one, and makes locking off for any reason a breeze over a rescue eight. Gotta love this thing, needs to come in some colors though... Buy it and also buy the Petzl Attache biner made just for the pirana. its very worth it, and a very safe and easy setup to use, and you can hook into this thing without undoing the biner from your harness, which saves mucho hassle. Go Moosejaw !! ,,Love the Madness !
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pirana- WHAT???? Not your typical 8. I love it because it's much lighter then a rescue 8 but still locks off. i wouldn't want to fall on it though as those horny things might poke you but all in all i love this and you can use it to balay if you like just like a regular 8. And who can't beat the name Pirana?? i mean how many people get to ask while climbing can you hand me the Pirana? Seriously! Love it and well I love petzl in generl this one it just an extra bonus.
Date published: 2007-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Fun Fun Great device, smooth repels and love the variety of speeds you can obtain through the many different friction settings you can set with the descender. ,,,,My only concern was I did not realize how small the hole was, I had a williams and struggled to get it in. Once its on you won't want to take it off, just plan on leaving the biner attached to it. I ended up buying a new attache so I could have my williams back :)
Date published: 2009-10-29
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