Unnecessary, "psychological" backup. I was terrified…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: retail
Unnecessary, "psychological" backup.
- Creates a sense of security
- Creates a false sense of security
I was terrified of rappelling and ascending ropes 14 years ago. So I bought the Shunt as a "back up" in case I messed up a rappel.
The Shunt connects from your harness to the rope above your rappel device. To descend, you must use your non-dominate hand to hold open the cam. If you let go, the cam slams shut, pinching the rope and halting your descent.
To that end, this device works fine.
HOWEVER, human nature in a fall is to grab hold and squeeze tighter. In a panic situation, a person does not unconsciously let go (next time you're with a driver who slams on the brakes, notice your clenched fists afterwards). So in order for the Shunt to actually work, you have to intentionally let go at a moment when your nature reaction is to squeeze tighter.
The Shunt gave me the initial psychological security I needed to get use to rope work. But once I became familiar and accustomed to my equipment, I realized how useless this piece of equipment really is.
Save your money and take a quality rappelling class!
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Used below the rappel device, the Shunt Rope Clamp from Petzl works as a rappel back-up and replaces self-jamming knots like the Prusik. Works on single and double ropes.
Used below the rappel device, the Petzl Shunt works as a rappel back-up and replaces self- jamming knots like the Prusik. Works on single and double ropes. Easy to install on the rope Smooth clamping surfaces won't damage rope May be used to ascend single or doubled rope
Easy to apply mechanical rope clamp to replace your prussik knots. Internal cam grabs the rope when the shunt is weighted.
The Petzl Shunt multi-purpose device is designed for ascending as well as a backup brake for rappelling, occasional self-belays, or top rope belays. Will lock on single or identical double kernmantle ropes but not on braided ropes; fits single ropes from 10 - 11 mm and double ropes from 8 - 11 mm. Loads onto a rope without having to unclip; can be used as a back-up on descent or rappel when placed below the descender. A mechanical version of a Prusik hitch or Machard knot, the Shunt body must be held during usage on descent. Applies friction (braking) when device is released.