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.
As with all Petzl products I have owned, the quality of the Pantin is exceptional. I have used this device dozens (scores?) of times in extremely muddy & wet conditions. After 8 years, it is still in excellent condition and ready to go. Because it is not a life-supporting device, I am less concern with the "retirement age" of the webbing that connects under the boot and around the ankle.
The Pantin is NOT an "essential" piece of a frog system. I know many cavers who don't bother with using this unit. They cite it is one more piece of equipment to deal with in a system where everything needs to "hum along" to work well. While I agree understand their point of view, I personally want to conserve my energy for the long climbs.
As I state in many of my reviews, rope work in a cave is dangerous. One should not just pick up a bunch of equipment and go try it out. Join a caving club (called a "Grotto" and found at www.caves.org) and learn from them. It is also wise to find out what your local Grotto is using in caves. If you are using a system they are unfamiliar with, it will be difficult for them to assist you, should you get into trouble (and, yes, cavers get into trouble on ropes all the time. Usually, it's not a big deal, but then others wind up in the obituary section, because they didn't know what they were doing.)
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Using the PANTIN with a CROLL and ASCENSION keeps the body in a more upright position when ascending fixed ropes, making for faster and less tiring vertical progress. It's Chrome-plated steel cam with angled teeth and self-cleaning slot securely grips the rope, even in muddy or icy conditions. The cam has been refined to increase the efficiency in which the ascender glides on the rope. The wear area has been moved lower on the cams surface to increase its durability. The cam engages without losing a millimeter each time it is weighted and glides smoothly up a rope with a minimal of effort.
Designed to be used with a basic handled ascender or the Petzl Croll chest ascender, the Petzl Pantin Foot Ascender improves efficiency and minimizes fatigue while you ascend fixed lines by allowing you to maintain a vertical body position. The cam is designed to allow the rope to pass through the device even in the first few feet of climbing.
Free Shipping. Petzl Pantin Foot Ascender DECENT FEATURES of the Petzl Pantin Foot Ascender Designed to make rope ascents more efficient and less tiring Cam facilitates passage of the rope through the device, even on the first few meters Toothed cam with self-cleaning slot optimizes performance under any conditions (e.g. frozen or dirty ropes) Stainless steel cam has better resistance to corrosion Mechanism is totally integrated into the body of the ascender to help prevent snagging Releases from the rope with a simple backwards movement of the foot Foot strap of 100% Dyneema for abrasion resistance Easy adjustment with DoubleBack buckle Comes in two versions: PANTIN, right foot (yellow ascender) - PANTIN, left foot (black ascender) Four equipment loops: two rigid ones in front for quick and easy access to equipment and two flexible ones in the rear to avoid creating pressure points with a backpack Used to complement CROLL, ASCENSION or ASCENTREE rope clamps Cam facilitates passage of the rope through the device, even on the first few meters Toothed cam with self-cleaning slot optimizes performance under any conditions (e.g. frozen or dirty ropes) Mechanism is totally integrated into the body of the rope clamp to help prevent rubbing Makes ascent faster and less tiring Releases from the rope with a simple backwards movement of the foot Sole strap reinforced with Dyneema for abrasion resistance Easy adjustment with DoubleBack buckle Available in right-and left-foot versions The SPECS of the Petzl Pantin Foot Ascender Weight: 80 g Rope: For use with single ropes between 8 and 13 mm Certification(s): The PANTIN is not an item of PPE Case Quantity: 8 Aluminum frame, stainless steel cam, nylon and Dyneema straps ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.
Designed to make rope ascents more efficient, the Petzl PANTIN left foot ascender helps keep your body upright on the rope and makes your ascent less tiring.