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Petzl Vertigo Wire Lock – First Look (2016)

We’ve had an original Petzl Vertigo here at Unsponsored HQ for a few years and have really liked it’s performance. Petzl have been on the case and have updated the Vertigo using i-beam technology. Just like the original the Petzl Vertigo has been primarily designed for ease of clipping in with the added bonus of having a locking key gate. The new construction has shaved off 2 grams.

Petzl Vertigo

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Time For A New Personal Flotation Device

Many people are oblivious as to when their Personal Flotation Device (PFD) has reached the end of its functional life. An easy indication of when you ought to get a new Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is when you can’t read the label on the inside. When the label starts to deteriorate to the point you can’t read it, the flotation has probably started to deteriorate as well.

Time For A New Personal Flotation Device

To say I’m picky about my PFD, how it fits, and what I carry in it, would be a massive understatement. If you spend the number of years having fun on the water that I have, you will encounter your share of rescue situations. What you have on your chest will be the tools at your disposal to fix those situations.

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Petzl Tikka R+

In for review this week, the new Petzl Tikka R+.

A compact, powerful and rechargeable headlamp with REACTIVE LIGHTING technology for performance.


REACTIVE LIGHTING technology now maximizes the performance of the TIKKA, the standard in compact headlamps. Light output adapts instantly to the environment and is optimized to guarantee the chosen burn time.

The mixed beam gives the advantage of lighting adapted to close-range vision and to moving around (from 7 to 170 lumens, from 2 to 65 meters). The rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery with USB connection is suitable for frequent use.

Tikka R Plus Diagram

Petzl Vertigo Wire Lock Karabiner

The Petzl Vertigo has been primarily designed for ease of clipping in with the added bonus of having a locking key gate. This makes it ideal for Via Ferrata and kayaking applications where you need the safety of a locked gate yet want to open and secure it quickly.

Petzl Vertigo Wire Lock Karabiner

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Petzl Tikka Plus 2

Petzl are pretty well known for there head torches along with the high quality climbing kit they produce. Over the last few weeks opportunities to grab good water levels have always seemed to be mid week. This has resulted in dash after work to get to the water and late get off from the river. Despite it almost being summer it is still very easy to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere without a light source.

I have been using Petzl head torches since the purchase of a Micro and Zoom almost 20 years ago. I have since stuck with the brand and now have a collection of Tikkas.

The Tikka Plus 2 headlamp integrates two light sources for versatility: one white, high-output LED and one red LED. The white LED delivers 70 lumens in maximum mode and lights up to 40 meters. In economic mode, it can reach a burn-time of 185 hours. The red LED provides lighting to preserve night vision or to become a strobe light for increased safety, for example in an urban environment, etc. TIKKA PLUS2 can be used with lithium batteries to decrease weight or improve performance in cold weather.

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