Petzl RIG Descender D21AA (New style)

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Compact self-braking rope descender

The RIG self-braking descender allows the user to easily position himself at the work station by using the handle to lock the device in place on the rope. Easy to grasp, this descender is intuitive and convenient to use. With its innovative and compact design, the RIG offers a simple, efficient alternative to traditional descenders.

  • Designed for experienced rope access workers
  • Multi-function handle allows the user to:
  1.  unlock the rope and control the descent with the hand on the free end of the rope
  2. position himself at the work station without having to tie off the device 
  • The automatic return system on the handle limits risks in case of an involuntary action by the user
  • Handle storage position reduces the risk of snagging when the descender is being carried on the harness
  • The gate on the moving side plate helps prevent dropping the device and facilitates rope installation when passing intermediate anchors
  • The stainless steel wear plate improves durability by reinforcing the rope friction zone *NEW for 2018*
  • Pivoting cam facilitates taking up the slack in the rope. Can also be used to make a progress-capture haul system, and for short ascents (in conjunction with a FOOTAPEor FOOTCORDfoot loop and an ASCENSIONhandled rope clamp)
  • Lowers heavy loads up to 200 kg (only for experienced users; consult the Instructions for Use for the device at
  • Rope Diameter: 10.5 - 11.5 mm
  • Weight(g): 400g
  • Certification(s) :
    EN 341 type 2 class A, CE EN 12841 type C, CE EN 15151-1, NFPA 1983 Technical Use, EAC - EN 341 type 2 class A when used with a PARALLEL 10.5 mm or AXIS 11 mm rope - EN 12841 type C when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm EN 1891 A rope - EN 15151-1 when used with a 9 to 10.5 mm rope - NFPA 1983 Technical Use when used with a 10 to 11.5 mm rope

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