“I promise I’ll be safe, Mom!” How many times have you made this promise in response to your mothers (sometimes overly persistent) gentle prodding to be safe in the mountains? We are willing to wager quite a bit. Now, with the addition of the Shunt from Petzl, that promise becomes a little easier to keep. Designed to back up your rappel, this device is easy to attach and smooth to operate while the aluminum construction ensures this device will remain your companion for many adventures to come. Should the need arise, this device can also be used as an ascender to help extricate yourselves from tricky situations. While other devices utilize “teeth” to bite into the rope, the smooth clamping surface of the Shunt provides secure grip on the rope without diminishing the ropes structural integrity. Designed to work with 10-11mm single ropes or 8-11 mm double ropes, the versatile Petzl Shunt will provide an extra margin of safety to help you keep that promise to Mom.