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Petzl RAD System Kit


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A "rad" little package! The Petzl RAD (Rescue And Descent) System is designed as a quick deploying kit for skiers traveling in steep terrain or on glaciers where they may need to rope up, rappel, or perform a partner rescue from a crevasse. The kit is comprised of 30 meters of specially designed 6mm cordage, a Tibloc ascender, NanoTraxion pulley/ascender, 3 Sm’D SCREW-LOCK carabiners, a 120cm sling, and compact storage bag. You can attach the whole thing using sewn loops to a harness or pack. The kit also can disappear into your pack with a small foot print and relatively light weight, especially when compared to the competing components and heavier rope. The RAD system has everything you need to quickly set up a haul to extract your partner from the gaping jaws of an icy crevasse or rappel over the exposed lip of the cliff in your line. It would probably also work well as a clothes line on hut trips.

  • 30m RAD LINE is 6mm, just enough for raps and glacier rescue(22g/m).
  • Tibloc ascender included for ascending the rope for self-rescue.
  • Includes three premium Petzl carabiners and a 120cm sling.
  • NanoTraxion pully for setting up a rescue hauling system.
  • Contained in a nylon storage bag with drawstring closure.
  • CE EN 564 certified cord.

Update 2023/24: Petzl is now using the Nano Traxion Pully and Sm'D carabiners compared to the Micro Traxion and Attache carabiners in prior year kits.

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Length 30m
Specs Verified Yes
Materials   polyester, aluminum, Dyneema, stainless steel, nylon (bag)
Skimo Co Says
Usage Glacier travel, crevasse rescue, rappeling, roped skiing
Notes A lightweight package that covers your needs
Bottom Line Bag o' fun!

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Questions & Reviews

Jonathan S (used product a few times)
This is the perfect setup for a skier starting from scratch to set up a glacier travel and crevasse rescue system. Even the included bag is useful, with clever loops on the top for the gear. And yes, the rope comes all jumbled together in a bag, not a coil. Unlike any other new rope, it is not prone to becoming hopeless tangled. (I have no idea though if that’s a function of how it’s packaged or how it’s constructed.)

I was skeptical at first about the rope’s extremely minimalist diameter and nearly static nature. But the extensive documentation from Petzl is reassuring. And it certainly works well in practice, although I’ve never had to use it for a real rescue.
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Question from Ryan
Greetings! I am interested in the Petzl RAD System Kit. I was wondering if the included Micro Traxion pully and Tibloc ascender are useable with a 8mm dynamic line as well? Or are they only rated for use with the 6 mm static RAD line? Thanks in advance!
Answer from Tristan M
Hi Ryan,

Outside of use with the Rad line, the Micro Traxion and Tibloc are both designed to be used with rope diameters from 8mm-11mm. An 8mm dynamic line falls in that range!
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Pete (used product regularly)
I love the rad line, it's amazingly light and packs down tiny, allowing you to move much lighter and faster on glacial terrain. what I don't love is the price, $459 for 60m of this stuff is ridiculous, the edelrid and mammut counterparts are less than half the price. On a side note the edelrid's twin rope classification is pretty cool. Attache carabiners are great, the best pears in the business, tibloc is great too (though it will slip unless its given a pull to lock it onto the rope). The micro traxion greatly increases efficiency over other methods of progress capture.

All in all a solid kit, but the price is outrageous.
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