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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
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).... (more)

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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 31st 2015
Hi Louise, The devices look very similar but the key difference lies in the cam. The ropeman 1 has an aluminium cam which makes it lighter but as a result can't be so intricately designed. The ropeman 2 has a steel cam which is strong enough to allow Wild Country to inlay it with small sharp teeth, similar to the petzl tibloc. The consequences of the teeth mean that the ropeman 2 works with a greater range of ropes, from 8-13mm, whereas the ropeman 1 is only intended to be used with ropes from 10-13mm. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 20th 2015
Hi Kendra, The Micro Traxion is rated for ropes from with a diameter between 8-11mm. There are other similar products on the market though, such as the Roll'n'Lock from climbing technology which is rated for 8-13mm ropes but is 5g lighter. We always recommend looking around before you buy. If you need more information the gear geek team is on hand to offer you our advice and opinions. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 3rd 2015
Hi Todd, The Oscillante has a bushing sheath. It may not be as efficient as bearing designs, but it does save on weight which is often the priority on an emergency device. Hope that helps, Dave

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Dave Thexton's picture
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Aug 3rd 2015
Hi Asher, There certainly are fixed ropes on the Dent du Géant but none that you can attach a jumar too. The ropes are very wide and mainly for pulling on with your hands. However, many climbers wrap a sling around the rope much like a prusik which is some added security in case of a fall. Hope that helps, Dave

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