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Object Title: Verso

Manufacturer: Petzl

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Page By: Props

Created/Edited: May 7, 2010 / Aug 30, 2012

Object ID: 7086

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From the Petzl Website

Petzl's lightest belay/rappel device with Adaptive Rope Control technology

The VERSO is a simplified version of the REVERSO³ offering a lighter and more compact option for climbers looking to further reduce the weight/size of their rack of gear. The asymmetrical V-shaped grooved friction channels adapt the friction for better control using our ARC (Adaptive Rope Control) technology.

* Ultra-light design:
- 31 % lighter than the Reverso³
- hot-forged aluminum
- Weight: 57 g (2 oz)
* Single device for all ropes:
- single ropes ≥ 8.9 mm
- half ropes ≥ 8 mm
- twin ropes ≥ 7.5 mm
* ARC technology adapts to the diameter of rope used by increasing or decreasing the braking friction on the rope according to its diameter and conditions
* Increased friction on thinner ropes
* Adapted friction for efficiency with larger diameter ropes
* Asymmetrical grooved sidewalls decrease friction when taking in slack for greater ease of use
* Super compact design is easy to use and doesn't take up much space on your rack
* Rope friendly design separates the two strands of rope when belaying with half/twin ropes or while rappelling thus helping to prevents kinks
* Stiff keeper cable will not get sucked into the device, helps maintain the optimal position during use, and aids in preventing loss during transitions
* Usage diagram engraved on device for ease of use
* Use with symmetrical shaped locking carabiners (Am'D or OK) to maximize efficiency no matter which end is closest to the device


Weight: 57 g (2 oz)
Material: Hot forged aluminum body (6082 ALU)
For use on:
- single ropes ≥ 8.9 mm
- half ropes ≥ 8 mm
- twin ropes ≥ 7.5 mm
Available in three colors:
- lime green (D19LI)
- titanium (D19TI),
- red (D19R)
3-year guarantee



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PropsNice and Light

Voted 4/5

This is a great little device, but it has it's limitations.

First, the positive. It's super light and, when not in use, hangs on a relatively short keeper cable. It feeds rope smoothly and locks up nicely on the 11, 10.5 and 9.9 ropes on which I tried it. It's also been very controllable on the shorter raps on which I've used it.

Second, the not-as-positive. It has somewhat smaller holes that could be difficult to fit frozen, stiff ropes through. It's lightly built and I think sandy, wet canyoneering ropes would nearly cut the thing in half. Also, due to it's light construction, I don't think it would manage heat as well as some of the heavier devices, though I haven't used it on any long rappels yet.

Overall it's a nice product, but it's built for a specific purpose. For the types of things I generally do, I like the versatility and durability of the ATC Guide better, but when those features aren't as relevant, this is the little guy I'm using.
Posted May 7, 2010 12:10 pm


Voted 5/5

to me it seems identical in function to the atc guide...have not run into any limitations as of yet
Posted Jun 29, 2012 9:14 pm

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