Review of "Petzl Mini-Traxion"

published 17/05/2008 | DavidDruce
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Pro light, durable, simple design
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This popular mid-sized auto-lock pulley has become quite popular umong wall climbers, soloists and rescue teams for good reasons, however be aware that its use is often limited.

There are two sides to the simplicity that this device offers.

Its basic construction (no moving side plate, small wheel etc) makes it perfect for recreational use- going soloing at the local crag, putting up a slackline or stocking a rescue kit.

However it goes without saying that when most of us are looking for a device of this kind- weight just isnt such an issue. If its a question of soloing there are much lighter (and safer) devices on the market. While if we are really going to haul any real loads (bodyweight in rescues or an average sized pig on a wall) the mini-traction is both too lightweight and slimmed-down technically. Anyone with experience haulling knows that the bigger bearings save valuable sweat- much more sweat than what an extra 100 grams of alloy adds to a rack!

Thus for anyone thinkin of getting a pulley I strongly suggest thinking about what you are going to use it for. In short- upgrade to the Pro-Traxion if its going to get prolonged technical use (moving side plate a must) or if you are going to haul anything over 40kg vertically (a bigger wheel will drastically reduce the use of expletives!).
However if you are only looking to do the odd tyrolean, potential rescue or shopping for a supplimentaly pulley in an industrial haul setup- the Mini-Traxion will be hard to beat.

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Long Name: Mini-Traxion

Genre: Climbing Equipment

Type: Belays

Manufacturer: Petzl

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