Big haul bags and long rappels are no longer a dreaded combination thanks to the Petzl Pirana Descender.
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great canyoneering tool-not durable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The concept of this is great-I love that I can easily lockit off and be hands free if I Need to be-but the aluminum wears kind of quick if you get a sandy rope on rappel. I wish they would either pick a stronger aluminum or make one out of steel.
I also like the carabiner attachment-makes the carabiner and pirana almost act like a single unit.
I have purchased multiples of these things due to wear and will likely still buy more.
Backside of piraña post zion
After several trips in zion
Favorite Rappel Device
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This rappel device turns the generic figure 8 rappel device in the ultimate rappel device. You rappel like you normally would with a figure 8 device but you also have options. If you need to slow down a bit you can wrap your rope over one of the prongs mid rappel. If you need to lock off its just as easy, wrap your rope around the prongs a couple times and you are locked off. It's that easy. This device works great with the Petzl Attache Carabiner. This is a great device for canyoneering.
Great Rappel Device
Awesome lock off capability, just makes sure you have the right size carabiner due to the anti-slip device.
Muy buen equipo el Pirana, no adecuado para personas de bajo peso, yo era usuario unico y exclusivo del 8 con orejas, pero despues de usar el pirana, me quedo con el pirana. Las diferentes posiciones para el control de velocidad son excelentes, asi como sus 2 posiciones de frenado temporal y y de largo tiempo. Deberian de ofrecerlo siempre con el mosqueton William Petzl, ya que no cualquiera le queda.
Best device for Canyoneers
I have been using this device for a couple of years now. I would say that it is the best descending device for Canyoneering. I did just get an ATS and am looking forward to comparing the two. The various friction setting and easy of lock off makes this my go to piece. Make sure that you get a binder that will fit the device. Most of the Petzl locking biners will work, but larger diamater biners will not. This is due to the anti slip/rotating piece where the binder connects too the device.
I use the Piranha all the time Canyoneering. This is the best descending device with it different friction settings.
A must for canyoneering
this is a must for technical canyoneering in my opinion. i have used an BD act, totem, etc. This is just solid, and easily adjustable. got me through heaps canyon, which would have been a pain to have dealt always taking off the device and possibly loosing it in the holes. you don't have to undo it to take off the rope, and it won't fall off either. loved it.
Have loved it, but upgrading to ATS
I've been using a pirana to rappel with since I started canyoneering about 2 years ago. I like it more than an ATC (which I occasionally use) because it's so much easier to add friction on rappel (just throw a wrap around the horns) and you can get a lot more friction with the pirana than with an ATC (which comes in handy for big drops).
It's a great product, but I see 2 downsides compared to an ATC. 1, it's a lot heavier, and 2, I find it harder to choke up with, (and maybe 3, you can't belay with it, but I only use it canyoneering, so that's not really an issue).
All that being said, I'm upgrading to the Sterling ATS mainly because it has horns on both sides of the device, so you never need to worry about having the brake line on the correct side to add friction mid rappel (the ATS can also serve as a belay device, which is nice too).
Very easy and fun to use. Needed something for thick static rope single strand rappelling and this works great. The cons are the same that you get with figure 8's.....kinks rope some, gets hot when rappelling fast, and leaves black residue on gloves and rope.
The Petzl Pirana really shines adding friction on the fly and SRT on thin ropes. Simply wrap the rope around one of the break horns when you need to increase friction. Works well DRT if you place a biners between both strands of ropes attached to your cows tell. That way you can keep the ropes separated for an easier pull. Only complaint is the aluminum doesnt hold up well to sandstone.
The best descender system ever, it gives you different friction setting´s depending on what you need, very easy, in these moment i´m using it with the Am`D carabiner and it has worked very well, i tried with the william carabiner but it a little hard to put in place.
I know everybody says to use the Attache...
I know everybody says to use the Attache or William biner for this but does anybody know if the BD Rocklock will fit?
blue john canyon
rapping through blue john canyon
i just got back from a week in utah and i was very happy with the pirana. rappelling with a pack was no problem. this is a great descender with lots of options for a variety of friction for braking. it's super easy to use by providing the basic shape of a figure 8, but with added features to increase versatility. the little instruction booklet that comes with it has great diagrams on how to properly use it. the petzl attache locking biner is a very snug and perfect fit for this device.
This is my #1 descender. Locking off is easy. Increasing friction is easy. Disconnect is easy. Get it. You won't be sorry.
Petzl Pirana Descender
This is an awesome rappel device. It works great when you are rapping a 150ft caring a pack. It find that a normal ATC can be a little scary while caring a load. I always keep one with me on long technical climbs. You can also use it to belay someone if you choose. This is a must have for every climber.
I have sworn off figure 8's for life! The first time I used the pirana I was hooked. Super versatile... love the braking options.
What is the largest diameter of rope that...
What is the largest diameter of rope that I could use with the petzl pirana descender?
Specs are to the right. 13 mm