Petzl V-Link

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A lightweight swivelling tether system for leashless (or leashed) ice tools. Excellent looking competition for Grivel's Double Spring Leash system. Clip or larksfoot the central loop into your harness.

Petzl V-Link

Petzl V-Link
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A lightweight swivelling tether system for leashless (or leashed) ice tools. Clip or larksfoot the central loop into your harness.
Compact and lightweight elastic webbing stretches for maximum reach. Integral (and very neat) wiregate krabs are easy to work, even with gloved hands, and a very lightweight and  smooth revolving swivel helps prevent tangles. 
At the central clip in point there is no krab but the loop is long enough so that it can be lark's footed (threaded through itself) or you can put your own krab through it.
  • Two arms allow the connection of two ice axes, preventing their loss in case the climber drops them while climbing.
  • The arms are very elastic to accommodate massive reaches while placing axes.
  • The swivel keeps the two arms from tangling.
  • The captive karabiners are easy to open, even when wearing gloves.
  • Compatible with all Petzl technical ice axes, and in fact with virtually all ice axes.
  • Compact and lightweight.
Petzl have not rated this item as they say it is not personal protective equipment.

Total retracted length: 46cm.
Total extended length: 106cm.
Weight: ca 80g. This is quite a bit lighter than the BD version (113g).

We have had reports of the wiregates on spring leashes becoming unclipped from iceaxes. This is easily resolved. Instead of clipping them directly to the axes, clip them to loops of 4mm or 5mm cord that are tied through suitable holes in the axes.

It is also easy to make yourself a bandolier to clip your spring leash into using a length (ca 2.25m) of narrow tape and a small screwgate krab. Tie an overhand knot in one end of the tape and clip it to your belay loop. Run the tape under your arm, up your back and over your shoulder, and tie an overhand loop in it at chest height. Continue the run down to waist level and make a third loop which is clipped into the same screwgate krab in your belay loop. The spring leash loop is now clipped into the chest loop.

The advantages of this system are that the elastic lanyards of the spring leash do not get tangled up with gear hanging on your harness and you are less likely to trip over them with your crampons. Another advantage is that the lanyards are effectively lengthened, meaning that they can be clipped into a point on the shaft of the axe rather than into the ferule (as per the photo) - this is much better when mixed climbing as the ferule and lower shaft of the axe may need to be jammed into a crack, tricky if it has a karabiner flapping around on it.

Photo: Needle Sports bandolier system about to be put to use. 

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