The Mini Traxion by Petzl is a compact and lightweight self-jamming pulley. The Mini Traxion is a 3-in-1 multi-purpose device (pulley, self jamming pulley, rope clamp). Self-jamming pulleys effectively replace the traditional hauling combination of a pulley and a rope clamp. Since they are simple and quick to install, they are ideal for rescue situations (in crevasse or climbing rescue).
The Mini Traxion from Petzl is a 3-in-1 multipurpose pulley/self jamming pulley/ rope clamp. You will appreciate it for setting up hauling systems, for back-up belaying and for moving along a Tyrolean traverse, where the cam operates as an anti-return device.
Back up a belay, use it on a Tyrolean traverse, or haul up your haul bags, no matter the job, Petzl's Mini Traxion Pulley is equal to the task. You'll get your money's worth with this 3 in 1 device that provides you with a pulley, self jamming pulley, and rope clamp.
|Breaking Strength:||10 kN x 2 = 20 kN|
|Breaking strength as pulley:||20 kN (10 kN x 2)|
|Breaking strength as self-jamming pulley:||4 kN|
|Certification(s):||CE EN 567, CE EN 12278, UIAA|
|Certifications:||CE EN 567, CE EN 12278UIAA|
|Country of Origin:||France|
|Efficient and compact:||Aluminum sheave mounted on self-lubricating bushings|
|Material:||Aluminum sheave mounted on self-lubricating bearing|
|Note:||Do not use with D or Offset-D carabiners|
|Recommended Use:||big wall climbing, aid climbing, glacier travel, trad climbing|
|Rope Range:||8-13 mm|
|Sheave Diameter:||19 mm|
|Standards:||CE - UIAA, EN 12278.|
|Strength:||20 kN as pulley/4 kN as self-jamming pulley|
|Wheel Diameter:||19 mm|
|Working Load:||2,5 kN x 2 = 5 kN|
|Working load as pulley:||5 kN (2.5 kN x 2)|
|Working load as self-jamming pulley:||2.5 kN|
|Petzl Mini Pulley||$52.95|
|Petzl Protraxion||$130.00 - $135.00|
|Petzl Mini Traxion Progress Capture Pulley||$84.95|
I've had one of these for about 7 years. When you need to haul gear, its nice to have the lock-out feature, so that you can use it as a simple pulley OR a hauling pulley, so that you don't end up carrying 2 pulleys or worse, a pulley and an ascender to catch. I haven't had trouble with it catching, but I've used it mainly for hauling lots of midwieght (30-50 lbs) bags on a fixed line, or something like scuba tanks that are heavier than you'd want to manhandle. I guess the only thing I'd like is if the lockout handle was metal instead of plastic, but I'd say that about all new Petzl cam devices.
what we been using to haul a small bag up on these OW and Chimney routes at Red Rocks, i.e. Epinephrine and Lady Wilson's Cleavage....with a Black Diamond Guide and double ropes, I rig both the 2nd and the bag at the same time. The 2nd is still within reach obviously if he/she needs to help the pig through a tight squeeze....does not take much elbow grease to haul a desert sized bag up...in fact, can bring both up at the same time, just like two climbers...this pulley catches and holds...thus why you need it if you are going with my method...real light weight and works like a charm.
I use one of these as part of my solo top roping system, and it works very well. Feeds smoothly and with little effort, and catches positively when weighted. I've never done any hauling with it, but I imagine it would work pretty well for anything under 50 pounds or so. Of course, like any "toothed" cam device, this can remove the sheath from your rope in short order if you subject it to heavy dynamic loading, so (like any rock climbing equipment), proper training and a sufficiently redundant system are mandatory prerequisites of use. Over all, a very well built and versatile piece of gear.
You can use this thing in a lot of ways WITH the PROPER training. Ideally, you would NOT do heavy hauling with it, the main pulley is too small and you will lose too much of your pulling power with this system. But a small day pack, crevasse rescue or as a fixed line soloist (again PROPER training) it is an amazing little unit.
I use two of these for toprope soloing, and I use one for hauling base rigs up towers. I also use a single one for small haulbags (1 or 2 day ascent) on walls. Can't really imagine being without the mini traxion at this point. Maybe some day it will be a tiny bit lighter, but it's a really compact, well-engineered unit.
I got this mainly for crevasse rescue and it works brilliantly. My rope mates always make fun of me for carrying an extra 165 g, but if I actually had to build a 3 to 1 pulley system, this makes is so much easier to use and maintain. If you want to reassure your partners, get it.