Rated 5 out of
Simple and robustThe bearing is smooth and it weighs no more than two locking carabiners. The rigid frame is easier to thread a rope onto than the 2-piece sort, at the expense of requiring an oval carabiner.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of
blackbelt backpacker from
This is my favorite pulleyWhen I first started researching what pulley to get, I started looking at how much weight the pulley could actually pull up. It took me awhile to realize that Petzl was the only brand that listed the working load as well as the breaking strength on it's pulleys. I had seen plenty of bad reviews about the other brands of pulleys and decided I had to go with a Petzl. Then, I looked for one that was cheap and would work well with an ascender. Most were designed to only work with prussucks. I gave the Fixe pulley a chance and have been satisfied with it ever since. With two carabiners (a locking oval and a locking D) as well as a basic ascender, I have a progress capture device that is stronger than the mini traxion pulley. I have used this setup to pull myself up some steep slopes that I would not otherwise attempt to climb. I weigh around 260 lbs. While I am sure the ascender will hold me, I am still nervous about using this setup for true solo climbing. I have only used this setup to pull myself up with the rope (I don't let go of the rope). There is too much of a limitation of an ascender in holding a fall for me to try it. An ascender is too hard on the sheath of the rope to try to use it to hold a fall. It can damage the rope easily unlike a second person using an ATC type belay device giving a dynamic belay. Overall, this pulley gives the best bang for your buck while retaining reliability and ease of use.