J.W.wrote a review of Petzl Pantin Foot Ascender on February 24, 2014
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.