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When you're ice climbing something sketchy, it's comforting to have the Petzl Nitro 3 Shock Absorber. If you fall, the stitching on this dogbone tears in order to absorb the impact force on your protection, which helps prevent small pieces or dubious placements from dislodging.
- Nylon webbing has branches with stitching—that stitching tears to absorbs energy from a severe fall, beginning at 2.5 kN of force
- Hook-and-loop tab keeps branches together for convenient racking and organizing during your climb
- Item #PTZ0378
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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I mean can your really put a price on safety? Yes, when there are other cheaper and equal quality options. I have used these before when leading with my buddies rack. They do the job and give me a sense of security on sketchy ice screw placements or odd angles. I like the rubber grommet for keeping the biner straight when clipping in. Not sure its worth the extra money though. On my rack i use yates screamers which do the same job at about $15 less. No rubber grommet but I can deal just fine without them. Yates screamers are hard to come by so if you need a screamer these would be next. However I think everyone who leads on thin or sketchy climbs should have 2 screamers in there rack, no matter the price. 4 stars only because of price.
Handy little security feature
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is Petzl's answer to the oft relied upon Yates Screamer or Mammut's Shock Obsorber. These are nice to haves that many might consider essential peices of safety gear.
I've never fallen on a piece of gear like this. But I do use them just in case.
The velcro closure organizes and compacts the Petzl Nitro nicely. Nothing to manage other than a clip on the screw and a clip to the rope. The rubber stopper is a nice touch - signature Petzl quickdraw feature.
Consider it a worthwhile expense to have at least one of these on your rack for early ice, or sketchy ice or veritcal ice when a fall is going to suck a lot more when it could become a freefall.
I fell on one of these, and ripped the...
I fell on one of these, and ripped the first few stitches, but not enough to pull through the velcro. Should I retire it? Thanks!
Maybe posting a couple photos so that we can better see what threads are popping but if you feel the need to ask if it should be retired my guess is that it should be.