Prusiks are a thing of the past.
It's never a smart idea to rappel off a climb without a prusik, but sometimes you use your prusik to back up tattered anchors, or you simply forgot it; lucky for you, Petzl's Freino Carabiner adds much-needed friction to rappels with the integrated Friction Spur. Simply setup your standard rappel, and then wrap the rope's slack end through the secondary carabiner to improve friction on your rappel. The carabiner itself features a super secure twist-lock automatic locking gate, and the keylock nose eliminates snagging on your rope when you made it to the bottom of the route, safe and sound.
- Belay carabiner with added friction spur for rappelling
- Spur adds friction to improve rappel safety
- Twist-lock automatic locking gate adds security
- Keylock nose eliminates rope snags
- Item #PTZ0148
- Q & A
Maybe... Maybe not
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is a great product but to use it requires a change in the orientation that one holds the brake side of the rope below their chosen device. I've used it plenty but prefer it for canyoneering over climbing when rapping a single skinny line (other line is a pull cord)... Like the variety of other 8 based descending/belay devices with additional ways to add friction your rope that usually tracks out of your belay/decent device and downward is now entering the Freino and exiting upwards/sidewards... Its not a deal breaker by any means but a consideration that should be taken into account... and as another mentioned there are MULTIPLE ways to replicated the additional friction this adds by using a second biner... MULTIPLE
I personally would rather use a second locking biner, which you gereally always have on oneself when climbing, rather than carry a unique dedicated biner just for that purpose... I'll carry it canyoneering because I have significantly less hardware on me and well... its a fun little purpose build do-dad... but i'd never buy it again...
All that said it does work as advertised... but unnecessary... plus when you have it on a rack and your pulling it in and out of a pack the additional clip is one more thing to get tangled/stuck on things...
For lowering heavy partners
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
As a climber in the neighborhood of 200 pounds, who climbs with partners of similar size, I'm telling you: get this if you climb with heavy partners and use a Grigri (or similar). The amount of extra control you get when lowering is just huge. Yeah, it's expensive, but you only need one.
For Thin Ropes with a GriGri
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This makes using thin ropes with your GriGri very safe and easy to use. The GriGri 2 can handle smaller ropes well, but if you have a GriGri 1, you definitely want this carabiner! Either way, though, it aids in having solid control of your rope.
Better than expected!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I really wasn't expecting it to make that much of a difference. using it in the gym when your doing a lot of lowering over and over it really takes the a lot of the friction off my right hand and does give you more control with a nice smooth lowering process.If you use a Grigri its a no brainer. Any device that can make things easier AND safer is worth it. Interested in using it with self repeling.Should work equally well.
Excellent, purpose built
We've used a Freino with a Grigri for a couple years now. I haven't used it with any other belay device. We've used it (and the Grigri) mostly for overhanging single-pitch Sport climbing. It works great - it adds friction. That's all that extra spur is intended to do. The extra friction is really useful when lowering someone heavier than you. After seeing the Freino, and using it whenever I wasn't, a friend of mine who's been using a Grigri for the last 8 years purchased a Freino for himself.
Bottom Line: If you belay with a Grigri, consider the Freino as the locking 'biner to go with it, especially if you'll be lowering someone heavier than you.
Good Carabiner, High Price
The carabiner works fine and does add plenty of friction, but it is not worth the price.