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.

  • Self-cleaning slot allows the cam to perform on frozen and dirty ropes
  • Cam is designed to allow the rope to pass through the device even in the first few meters
  • Stainless steel cam is resistant to corrosion
  • Cam releases from the rope with a backwards movement of the foot
  • Foot strap is made from Dyneema for strength and abrasion resistance
  • DoubleBack Buckle on the foot strap allows you to quickly adjust and secure the strap
  • Available in a right-foot or left-foot version

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2 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a Pantin a number of years ago. The idea seemed great on paper and the marketing spiel sure sounded good. Unfortunately, in my experience, it doesn't live up to expectations.

On a positive note, it's light for what it is and fits well on a boot. The problem is that it doesn't want to stay on rope at all. Maybe my technique wasn't as perfect as required, but it was quite common for it to disengage, leading to frustrating climbing.

At the end of the day, I much prefer using the dual loops of my homegrown frog rig. I should have put the money towards beer instead.

2 5

Love The Thought

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Was excited for a solution to using my old prusik loops when I saw the foot ascender. Grabbed a hold of it today and put it through some crevasse training.

It was easy to get on while standing on the ground and a no brainer, but just as the previous review stated the down rope needs to be weighted or the rope can escape. I was saddened by this and thought maybe it was the diameter of rope we were using (11 mm) so tried out my standard glacier rope (8 mm) and still had the same problem.

Trying to strap this on while dangling was a real pain so for now I'll stick to the old prusik loops that I know and trust.

Not for mountaineering, but may be handy for the tree climber who wants tie on a case of suds on the down rope side to help keep the rope in place.

2 5

Good idea short of perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I tried out this right foot Petzl ascender during crevasse rescue training on Rainier a few weeks ago. Great idea, however reuires that you have a load down rope of the ascender or it will raise the slack when moving your leg up and simply pop off the rope. this happened twice when i finally made use of my Petzl handled ascender in combo with a foot prusik. Also, its unlikely that you could easily strap this on to your foot while attempting to make your way out. Recommend that petzel work with boot companies to create a foot ascender clip on the inside of the preffered boot (L/R) for a quick and easy connect. that I would buy. Safe climbing