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Pirana and the new Vertigo WL

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Karl Helser, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. Karl Helser

    Karl Helser

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    Is anybody else having trouble putting the new Petzl Vertigo WL carabiner onto the Petzl Pirana device? And if so, has anyone figured out the issue?
  2. ratagonia

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    The Vertigo WL is one of the recommended biners for the Pirana, so THEY think it fits. Try lubricating with spit or olive oil.

    Autolockers like the Vertigo WL are probably appropriate for where you are in the Pacific Northwest, but tend to gum up with sand down here in Utah. Hmmm, I wonder if the WL would not gum up... haven't tried that one yet.

    Tom
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  4. Karl Helser

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    Yeah, that's why I wrote "New" in my question. I wrote Petzl and their response was similar to Tom's....use a lubricant. last night I lathered the Vertigo up with a quality extra vergin olive oil, put the Pirana into the jaws of my bench vise and was able to work the Vertigo onto the Pirana. Once past the crux, it moved into position fairly smooth...with almost no side to side movement, which doesn't really matter. I did see the recomendation page on Petzels site but missed the small "2013" notice at the bottom...although that was after I bought two new Vertigo biners at $25 each. Oh well, live and learn.... At this point i'm not sure i'll follow Petzels recomendation, unless they are willing to start producing the 2013 Vertigo model again. I'll test this new one out this weekend.
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