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Petzl Tactical EXO EASHOOK

By The ITS Crew

exo_fermeWhile perusing the internet we came upon a great video by Rob Curtis of  Military Times Gear Scout.

Curtis shot a EXO demonstration video recently at Outdoor Retailer with South Salt Lake Tactical Officer Steve Crandall.

Our jaws were literally on the floor when we saw the Petzl EXO used here in a tactical application.

We’d seen the EXO previously, as marketed to Firefighters as an evacuation device, but to see it here in all its tactical glory is truly… well, breathtaking!

Make sure you watch the entire video, there’s some truly remarkable footage at the end!

More information on the Petzl Tactical EXO EASHOOK

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Discussion

23 comments
cv
cv

A grigri will free-fall if it doesn't cam -- and just a rope feeding through it isn't necessarily enough to cam it -- I've seen (and had) a few scares -- the free side of the rope needs to stay tensioned to ensure the cam locks up. Always use a leg-wrap with a grigri before going hands free (if you're not really experienced enough to know how to do this without a grigri, I suggest you don't go hands free at all).

This thing looks exactly like a grigri with the exception of that loop -- I'm guessing that loop may just provide enough extra friction so that you don't need to tension the free side when you lay back on the rope.

Grigri's are really tough and easy to use -- even for novices (deceptively so, to be honest). I've done everything that's demo'ed here with a grigri (and a bunch more -- including ausii and high-speed raps), but when loading the rope, you have to manage the slack end to ensure the system doesn't uncam.... I don't know that I'd want to be worried about managing the slack end of the rope if things got really hairy :)

...and I guess, also, if you find yourself suddenly unconscious, you'd want the slack end handled for you.

Marko Grönroos
Marko Grönroos

This seems to be a grigri with an extra metal loop that probably helps in keeping the rope in the proper position at all times for descending. The minus side seems to be that when ascending, the rope forms a big loop between the "grigri" and the metal loop and you have to pull it through it to tighten it.

Grigri is a really great device for rope access. Using grigri for descending is otherwise ok, but requires two hands. The metal loop might help a bit with that. I think Petzl ID doesn't require two hands. Nor does Petzl Stop or a figure-8 + prusik/shunt setup, but they aren't useful for ascending. Grigri is useful for ascending, though perhaps not as efficient as a real ascender (in ascender pair).

Grigri might also have heat problems in long fast rappels. I've seen some recommendation that you shouldn't do an over 30 meter rappel with it (in some very short time), though 30 meters is quite a lot. It might harm the rope (or the user) if it gets really hot.

Marko Grönroos
Marko Grönroos

This seems to be a grigri with an extra metal loop that probably helps in keeping the rope in the proper position at all times for descending. The minus side seems to be that when ascending, the rope forms a big loop between the "grigri" and the metal loop and you have to pull it through it to tighten it. Grigri is a really great device for rope access. Using grigri for descending is otherwise ok, but requires two hands. The metal loop might help a bit with that. I think Petzl ID doesn't require two hands. Nor does Petzl Stop or a figure-8 + prusik/shunt setup, but they aren't useful for ascending. Grigri is useful for ascending, though perhaps not as efficient as a real ascender (in ascender pair). Grigri might also have heat problems in long fast rappels. I've seen some recommendation that you shouldn't do an over 30 meter rappel with it (in some very short time), though 30 meters is quite a lot. It might harm the rope (or the user) if it gets really hot.

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Climber,

We've noticed this too. We're looking into whether this is really all there is to the EXO.

Thanks for the comment!

BearLeft
BearLeft

Note that the instructions warn that the EXO is a single-use device only. Presumably a lightweight emergency last-resort device.

Any chance that EXO will also appear as a sturdier, heavier-use device?

BearLeft
BearLeft

Note that the instructions warn that the EXO is a single-use device only. Presumably a lightweight emergency last-resort device. Any chance that EXO will also appear as a sturdier, heavier-use device?

kyle_c
kyle_c

Those self-belay devices are alot hard to get used to when rappleing though.

littleninja71
littleninja71

Wow! This is amazing! The multi-task-ability of this tool is....wow!! I'm speechless, lol.

Thanks for sharing guys!

littleninja71
littleninja71

Wow! This is amazing! The multi-task-ability of this tool is....wow!! I'm speechless, lol. Thanks for sharing guys!

cv
cv

long, fast rap w/ a grigri: the device gets hot -- hot enough to burn the rope (most likely melt the rope when you stop.

Good point about having to pull that bight out in order to ascend - PITA. I used the grigri alone as an ascender all the time -- just arm strength, no extra devices needed -- and having to pull a bight; 1) defeats the safety tension that was created by that loop, & 2) makes changing directions frequently and making height adjustments (up, down, up, down, up, down...) a lot of extra work with a good risk of getting a hand pinched, I bet.

cv
cv

long, fast rap w/ a grigri: the device gets hot -- hot enough to burn the rope (most likely melt the rope when you stop. Good point about having to pull that bight out in order to ascend - PITA. I used the grigri alone as an ascender all the time -- just arm strength, no extra devices needed -- and having to pull a bight; 1) defeats the safety tension that was created by that loop, & 2) makes changing directions frequently and making height adjustments (up, down, up, down, up, down...) a lot of extra work with a good risk of getting a hand pinched, I bet.

High Exposure
High Exposure

I have used a Petzl Grigri in conjunction with either a Jumar, a Tibloc, or a Bachman/Klemheist knot for years as an aid in self rescue, scared-girlfriend rescue, Aid-Climbing, even route setting at the local rock gym. Everything that was demonstrated in that video with this device can be done with an 8/ATC, a leg-wrap, a sling and a few 'biners. Do not let equipment take the place of knowledge.

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Climber, We've noticed this too. We're looking into whether this is really all there is to the EXO. Thanks for the comment!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

BearLeft,

The EXO has been used as a "sturdier, heavier-use device" by Tier 1 Military units for quite awhile now. I think Petzl is just unwilling to market it as such. Look for more from us on the EXO.

Thanks for the question and comment!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

BearLeft, The EXO has been used as a "sturdier, heavier-use device" by Tier 1 Military units for quite awhile now. I think Petzl is just unwilling to market it as such. Look for more from us on the EXO. Thanks for the question and comment!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Kyle, I'm sure with anything there's a learning curve attached, but the benefits of a system like this in certain situations would definitely warrant learning to use the system.

Thanks for the comment!

Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Kyle, I'm sure with anything there's a learning curve attached, but the benefits of a system like this in certain situations would definitely warrant learning to use the system. Thanks for the comment! Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

High Exposure, I agree that the equipment you've listed can be a replacement to the EXO, but the Grigri's are slightly different. There's a welded loop to help manage the rope while using the EXO and a leg wrap wouldn't be ideal in a tactical situation. You're not going to have the time to wrap the rope around your leg if you suddenly require the use of both your hands.

We've looked into what you mentioned back when we ran the EXO article and have already planned to do an article on the EXO capabilities vs. off the shelf equipment that can be adapted into an EXO role. We would definitely appreciate any input you have though.

Thanks for the comment!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

High Exposure, I agree that the equipment you've listed can be a replacement to the EXO, but the Grigri's are slightly different. There's a welded loop to help manage the rope while using the EXO and a leg wrap wouldn't be ideal in a tactical situation. You're not going to have the time to wrap the rope around your leg if you suddenly require the use of both your hands. We've looked into what you mentioned back when we ran the EXO article and have already planned to do an article on the EXO capabilities vs. off the shelf equipment that can be adapted into an EXO role. We would definitely appreciate any input you have though. Thanks for the comment!

cv
cv

A grigri will free-fall if it doesn't cam -- and just a rope feeding through it isn't necessarily enough to cam it -- I've seen (and had) a few scares -- the free side of the rope needs to stay tensioned to ensure the cam locks up. Always use a leg-wrap with a grigri before going hands free (if you're not really experienced enough to know how to do this without a grigri, I suggest you don't go hands free at all). This thing looks exactly like a grigri with the exception of that loop -- I'm guessing that loop may just provide enough extra friction so that you don't need to tension the free side when you lay back on the rope. Grigri's are really tough and easy to use -- even for novices (deceptively so, to be honest). I've done everything that's demo'ed here with a grigri (and a bunch more -- including ausii and high-speed raps), but when loading the rope, you have to manage the slack end to ensure the system doesn't uncam.... I don't know that I'd want to be worried about managing the slack end of the rope if things got really hairy :) ...and I guess, also, if you find yourself suddenly unconscious, you'd want the slack end handled for you.

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