Source: bought it new
Price Paid: retail
Does what it is suppose to do quite well.
- Nice additon to a frog system
- Can "kick off" the rope
- Takes quite a bit of practice
I have been using the Patin for years as a supplement to my Frog Ascension.
Normally, when you start out ascending a rope, you have to pinch the rope between your feet to get started. This is because, until you get a good 10' off the ground, there is not enough weight on the rope to automatically pull it through the ascenders. Pinching the rope with construction boots on can be a task, and a climber can expend a lot of energy in the initial ascent.
The Pantin eliminates the need to pinch the rope. It connects to your boot, and all you have to do is step up. The cam engages and up you go!
It is important to note that the Pantin is NOT rated as a life-supporting device. It cannot take the place of a foot and chest ascender. It is simply a convenient way to start your climb without wasting energy.