Petzl Counterfeit Warning

By on May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The whole counterfeit culture affecting high value consumer goods is a pretty familiar problem. There are regular items in news programmes and in the papers pointing out the problems that can cause serious difficulties for manufacturers, distributors and customers. Sadly the problem has moved into the ralm of PPE for climbers and cavers. There have been a few “outbreaks” of counterfeit cancer affecting Petzl gear over the past year, so I just thought I’d fire out a heads up for anyone who happens by this blog. In the last year, Petzl have managed to trace back to sources in China and have had destroyed, moulds and facilities that were producing fake Tikka headlights. Recently though the problem took a more serious turn with these products being discovered as counterfeits. CROLL ascender (B16) CROLL ascender (B16) ASCENSION handled ascender (B17 R) – old, blue right-handed version ASCENSION handled ascender (B17 R) – old, blue right-handed version RESCUE pulley (P50) – old version RESCUE pulley (P50) – old version ATTACHE locking carabiner (M35 SL) ATTACHE locking carabiner (M35 SL) The four items pictured are all out in wild and don’t in any way conform to Petzl’s own stringent quality assurance. The worrying aspect here though is that in Petzl’s own words “…An end-user will not be able to tell the difference between these counterfeits and authentic Petzl products…” To try and reassure and safeguard their end users Petzl have produced a kind of flow chart to identify whether you have genuine Petzl kit. It is downloadable from Is my Petzl product authentic? View the whole of Petzl’s counterfeit alert ....