It's exciting to see what new products are coming to the rope access industry. We've had the opportunity to test out some fantastic new products coming for 2022 as well as check out updated products with new features and improvements.
We've put together our favourite products for 2022 that we think are going to be great additions to your kit!
The VERTIC TRIPLE LOCK II is one of the only harnesses on the market with a truly integrated chest ascender. It has been designed first and foremost as a harness for rope access professionals and is loaded with features. We're still in the early days of its release but the feedback from our customers has all been super positive. This will definitely be one of the hottest products of 2022!
We're excited to see the two new models, the EXTREME and ASCENT of SAR Specific Drysuits launch this April.
The Extreme is an upgraded version of the previous version of the same name. Full featured for the toughest, full immersion conditions. Latex neck and wrist gaskets, waterproof booties, relief zips. This year it will be available in both a GoreTex Version and a more affordable durable 3-Layer TriTon™ fabric.
Brand New this year is the Ascent Drysuit, which has the same build quality as the Extreme, but is more comfort focused. This suit is better for longer wear and standby work. Featuring Neoprene neck and wrist gaskets, while not fully waterproof, are much easier to wear over long periods of time. Like the Extreme, this boasts reflective elements and reinforcement in high-wear areas, and is available in both GoreTex and TriTon.
Seattle Manufacturing Company has come out with their exciting new APEX PULLEY. This is a NFPA-rated swivel pulley with a triple-action gate mechanism for easy, one-handed opening. It has symmetrical prusik-minding side-plates which reduces the chance of mis-rigging in progress capture systems. We also love that they're manufactured nearby in Ferndale, Washington!
We like the quick attachment with the fabric strap and allows the integration into different chest harness systems. It works with 8mm to 13mm rope.
This may not be the most "exciting" product of 2022 but it will be one of the most useful! Petzl's ROLLER COASTER rope protector offers rope techs an affordable, versatile solution for protecting moving ropes from abrasion. The unit is reversible and can be used on either the flat or angled side making it possible to use on a flat surface, I-beam, square edge or guardrail. It can be used by itself or combined with other units via maillions, carabiners and even cord! Coming in at a modest weight of 470g, this is the piece of kit EVERY tech should have in their pack.