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Pros: Smooth hauling, durable, strong.
Cons: Expensive, need special biner.
Best Uses: Big wall climbing, aid climbing.
The Petzl Pro Traxion is one of the most convenient devices for hauling medium to large big wall loads. It is strong and durable and has the benefit of not needing to be taken off the anchor to be used.
If you are not on a budget and are going to haul more than 100 pounds and less than 200, get this hauling device. If you are just going to do some small walls and want a device that doubles as a toprope self-belay device, get the Petzl Micro Traxion. If you are on a tight budget and don't plan on hauling more than 190 pounds, get the Rock Exotica Waul Hauler. If you are hauling more than 200 pounds, use a big pulley with an ascender like the CMI RP 101 Pulley w/ Petzl Ascension.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This hauling device is very strong and dependable. We have never heard of anyone wearing down the cam teeth on this Petzl pulley. The fact that you can attach and detach the hauling rope without removing it from the anchor is handy. The operation of the pulley is great. One great thing about this device is you can haul with just one ascender (you don't need an extra one to catch the rope). I just attach one Petzl Ascender and you are good to go.
There are no major gripes with this climbing pulley but we have some minor ones. Because of the big diameter clip in point, you need to make sure you have a special pear or oval-shaped locking carabiner like the Petzl Attache or Petzl OK. Also, you need to use an extra biner clipped to the bottom to make sure the rope does not jump out. This is not a big drawback, but it is an extra safety step you need to remember, a step that you don't have to remember with other devices such as the Micro Traxion or the Waul Hauler.
One safety issue with this device is you need to really be careful about properly attaching the device to the climbing rope, engaging the clamp, and clipping a biner through the bottom holes for safety. There was a fatal accident in Zion where the device was not properly engaged and led to events that caused a rope to break.
This is best suited for any wall that will take more than one night and your load is more than 100 pounds. While this can handle loads up to 560 pounds, above 200 pounds you should use a pulley that is 3 inches or bigger. If your load is less than 100 pounds, go with the Petzl Mini Traxion.
The Petzl Pro Traxion is really expensive compared to the Waul Hauler. If you are going to do a ton of walls, it is worth it. The good news is that the device is so durable that you could possibly resell it for a decent amount of money. However, keep in mind that many people feel you should not resell used climbing gear.
— Chris McNamara
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