Petzl Pirana Descender

Petzl Pirana Descender


The Pirana is the canyoning descender of choice, especially for people 180 lbs and under. Over 180, the Sterling ATS and Canyon Werks Critr work better - assuming you are using the small 8.0 or 8.3 or C IV ropes we generally use for canyoneering. Fast on/off rope, many friction options, and additional features make it the clear choice for techno-geek canyoneers like me. The quick, easy, and secure tie-off feature makes all the difference when doing rescue work. Can be set for rappelling with 60 lbs, or with two big adults (call it 500 lbs). VERSATILE. 

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Requires a dedicated carabiner, of which round style carabiners work best. Newer style Petzl carabiners no longer really work.

Technical Specifications

  • For use on rope from 8-13 mm

  • Weight: 90 g


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