How does the Petzl Rad system compare to Mammut's Rescyou?

How does the Petzl Rad system compare to Mammut's Rescyou?

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By Jaylin Uriah | Jul 29th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Jaylin, Although these two kits are both intended primarily for crevasse rescue, they are slightly different products. The key difference is that that the Rescyou isn't a complete kit and still requires the Alpinists or ski mountaineers, to carry an additional rope and some climbing gear with them. That said, the Rescyou has two advantages over the Petzl Rad system. Firstly, the pulley ratio is 6:1 compared with Petzl Rad's 3:1 meaning you are much more likely to be able to lift a limp body out of a crevasse (although it will take a lot longer). Secondly, the Rescyou is marketed as a fool proof system, where as the Petzl RAD system requires you to understand how to work and set up a Z-pulley system. That said, to use the Rescyou effectively, you must still be competent at building snow and ice anchors, understand several key crevasse rescue protocols and techniques, and have a good helping of common sense. Here is a balanced and informative review of the Rescyou: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=5313 For me, the RAD system looks to be one of the most exciting new products this season. It is a super light, super compact, all in one rescue system. Although it comes already set up in the bag, it would be silly to take it out into the mountains without being able to assemble it yourself. When complimented with the usual shovel, probe, transciever and ice screw, you will be all set for most things the mountains have to throw at you. As far as I can see the only downside of the RAD system is the price tag. However, if you add the cost of Mammut's 6mm rap line to the cost of the Rescyou system, then things begin to look more comparable. The Petzl RAD system utilises a tried and tested rescue system and, excepting the new RAD line, it is compromised of tried and tested components. For me, even though it hasn't been available for very long, it seems to be a more versatile and complete kit than Mammut's Rescyou. On one last note, it wouldn't be surprising to see more companies release their own compact Crevasse rescue systems soon. If this happens then hopefully the price will drop too! Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 31st 2015
Hi Jaylin, Although these two kits are both intended primarily for crevasse rescue, they are slightly different products. The key difference is that that the Rescyou isn't a complete kit and still requires the Alpinists or ski mountaineers, to carry an additional rope and some climbing gear with them. That said, the Rescyou has two advantages over the Petzl Rad system. Firstly, the pulley ratio is 6:1 compared with Petzl Rad's 3:1 meaning you are much more likely to be able to lift a limp body out of a crevasse (although it will take a lot longer). Secondly, the Rescyou is marketed as a fool proof system, where as the Petzl RAD system requires you to understand how to work and set up a Z-pulley system. That said, to use the Rescyou effectively, you must still be competent at building snow and ice anchors, understand several key crevasse rescue protocols and techniques, and have a good helping of common sense. Here is a balanced and informative review of the Rescyou: http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=5313 For me, the RAD system looks to be one of the most exciting new products this season. It is a super light, super compact, all in one rescue system. Although it comes already set up in the bag, it would be silly to take it out into the mountains without being able to assemble it yourself. When complimented with the usual shovel, probe, transciever and ice screw, you will be all set for most things the mountains have to throw at you. As far as I can see the only downside of the RAD system is the price tag. However, if you add the cost of Mammut's 6mm rap line to the cost of the Rescyou system, then things begin to look more comparable. The Petzl RAD system utilises a tried and tested rescue system and, excepting the new RAD line, it is compromised of tried and tested components. For me, even though it hasn't been available for very long, it seems to be a more versatile and complete kit than Mammut's Rescyou. On one last note, it wouldn't be surprising to see more companies release their own compact Crevasse rescue systems soon. If this happens then hopefully the price will drop too! Hope that helps, Dave

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