Petzl Pirana Variable Friction Descender

Petzl Pirana Variable Friction Descender

Petzl Pirana Variable Friction Descender Petzl

Petzl Pirana Variable Friction Descender

$38.95 - $40.95
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Descender with three braking positions, designed for use with canyoning descent techniques. For single or double ropes.

  • Three different braking positions to choose from before beginning descent depending on the user's weight, the rope's diameter and the terrain.
  • Two supplementary braking spurs allow friction to be increased during descent.
  • A carabiner with a cross section of 12 mm (like an ATTACHE) provides a tight fit in the small hole, creating a rigid carabiner / descender unit:
    • stays securely attached to the harness during rope insertion, to help prevent loss
    • greatly reduces the risk of leverage on the carabiner gate (poor positioning).
  • Designed to be used with the "Rapid" technique, which prevents the formation of a lark's head knot around the body of the PIRANA and reduces kinks in the rope, without decreasing braking friction.

Technical specifications

  • For use on ropes from 8 to 13 mm
  • Designed for single rope
  • Can be used on double ropes, but certain braking positions may not be usable depending on the ropes' diameter
  • For use with a locking carabiner with a 12 mm cross section (ATTACHE or WILLIAM)
  • 90 g
  • 3"W x 4.5"H

Available in Silver and Black.

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Petzl: Pirana Variable Friction Descender

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Looks funky, works great. Get it!

By Uncle Ray

from Illinois


  • Nearly panic proof
  • Quick to open


  • Price

Best Uses

  • Bailouts

Comments about Petzl: Pirana Variable Friction Descender:

I have yet to find a faster, safer, more foolproof descender. I leave this attached to my Gutbelt, and hidden under bunker coat so it doesn't get caught on or scratch surfaces. While practicing bails, noone can compare to the speed. Simply attach your anchor, push a bight through the "gill" area toward your body, slap the bight onto the carabiner, and hold onto the fly end. Bail. Face first, or pack first, I have yet to accidentally invert, bind, or slip. A weak grip on the rope is enough to brake, but wrap the device where shown, and it's hands free.

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