Petzl Vertigo Wire-Lock v2

Vertigo Wire-Lock v2

Name:Petzl Vertigo Wire-Lock v2
Category:slide lock
Locking Type:full-auto
Unlock Style:slide
Shape:asymmetric D
Nose Guard:none
Gate Shield:relieved
Weight:94 g
Dimensions:Length: 125 mm
Width: 75 mm
Gate Opening: 25 mm
Strength Ratings:Major Axis: 25 kN | Minor Axis: 10 kN | Gate Open: 8 kN
Other Markings:Forged: PETZL | CE0082 Ⓚ (ratings) PETZL
Injection Molded: (Petzl oval logo) PATENTED | (Petzl oval logo) PATENTED
Laser: read VERTIGO WL Ⓑ 17105VW1791 (2D barcode)
Batch Marking Location:hinge-left
MSRP:$27.95 (2022)
Collection Criteria:★ Mechanically Interesting
★ Demonstrates a Discipline
Summary:slidelock, via ferrata
Description & Commentary:

A huge oversized carabiner designed for the repetitive one handed anchor passing common when climbing Via Ferrata (Klettersteig). The large gate opening slips easily over thick cable and ladder rungs.

A wire held by a sleeve crosses the nose of the carabiner, blocking the gate from opening. To unlock, the climber slides the sleeve and wire downward. Interestingly, the wire will pivot independent of the sleeve. If the gate is open but the sleeve is in the upper (locked) position, the gate will still close without moving the sleeve - the wire merely pivots out of the way.

The locking sleeve only requires about 3mm of travel to unlock, with 6mm of movement maximum. This is very convenient for the frequent clipping/unclipping in via ferrata, but does not provide as much security as other carabiner locking mechanisms.

By their very nature as connectors, carabiners are part of a larger fall protection/restraint (or work positioning) system, and this carabiner was designed to be used in pairs on a lanyard system. Each carabiner provides redundancy, and as such does not require the same level of security as when using a single point of attachment - common in tree climbing (and why you can find the extremely secure DMM Durolock in that discipline).

Petzl claims the WireLock mechanism "optimizes the number of opening and closing cycles of the gate and limits maintenance." I can see how this might be the case, given the simple locking mechanism and the fact that the locking wire re-engages independent of the sleeve. It probably tolerates mud and debris fairly well, but I do not have field experience with this carabiner outside of some simple familiarization climbs.

Youtube channel HowNOT2 pull tested the Petzl Vertigo as part of a chain of carabiner, and noticed that the Vertigo unlocked when another carabiner failed, rapidly releasing the stored energy of the pull. When the other carabiner failed, the inertia of the locking sleeve caused the sleeve to remain stationary, while the Vertigo rapidly accelerated upwards (relative to itself), unlocking the gate.

See a short gif of this failure, a close-up slo-mo or view the timestamped full video (when video is paused, navigate frame by frame using the , and . keys).

Technical Notice:Technical Notice