SEQUOIA for climbing DdRT (doubled rope technique)
A true tree climbing innovation from Petzl, appropriately named after the world’s largest living phenomenon. The SEQUOIA is an amazingly comfortable and well-ventilated design that comes in two variations whose only differences can be boiled down to a waist adjuster and two small attachment points (front and back on the SRT model) for attaching Petzl’s Secur suspenders and the Croll chest ascender (required in some rope-walking systems). If you only climb using doubled rope, in the traditional tree climbing fashion, then you may find the additional expense and step-through waist belt nonessential.
Everything about the SEQUOIA is designed and constructed for maximum comfort and durability, but at minimal weight (1.37 kg, or 3 lb). For example, the hip D-rings are large for the many climbers who still appreciate this feature but as light as the smallest steel versions found elsewhere. The wide back and leg pads provide maximum comfort during long hours of ridiculously hard labor, yet are constructed of a new lightweight and breathable fabric that utilizes ingenious stiffeners to provide an impressive balance between support, weight, and product longevity. The back pad is also contoured to alleviate rib constraint, greatly enhancing operator movement. For 2014, Petzl changed from a webbing bridge, to a rope bridge, and they improved the Fast Buckles.
If it’s versatility you’re looking for, then check out bridge rings that can be opened using a simple Torx wrench (included) to replace or exchange the bridge, to install hardware accessories (like a swivel), or to simply better adjust your center of gravity within three available positions. For tool storage, both models have five well-anchored and generously sized, sewn nylon storage loops on the back pad as well as seven gaps in the belting material for utilizing carabiner-style holders like small or large Caritools. As for chain-saw stowage, I would recommend accessorizing with a straight-back alloy carabiner—either hip-side or mid-back. The downers? No leg storage positions and no available position for hanging a utility pouch, at least not without attaching screw links to storage loops. All in all, the SEQUOIA has quickly gained a reputation as the most comfortable saddle out of Europe in its price range. Specs: 3-yr. guarantee, EN rated, 1.37 kg (3 lb) weight.
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