Petzl to Debut New Helmet and Descender Line at FDIC International 2019

Petzl, the leader in professional work-at-height, rescue, and lighting equipment, will showcase the new STRATO and updated VERTEX line of helmets, in addition to the new I’D EVAC and updated line of I’D descenders at FDIC International 2019. This new and improved line of products is assured to help rescuers streamline their work, while increasing the value of Petzl equipment in the technical rescue community.

The new helmets debut Petzl-exclusive CENTERFIT adjustment for quick-sizing and allows the helmet to be perfectly centered on the head. They also feature a FLIP&FIT system that folds away the nape band for easy storage and transport. Each helmet is adaptable to an extensive line of accessories with a new EASYCLIP system that makes adding or removing an accessory simple and intuitive.

The STRATO is a remarkably lightweight and comfortable helmet due its dual inner foam construction. The liner incorporates an EPP (expanded polypropylene) and EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam to reduce weight and achieve superb shock absorption. The helmet comes in vented and unvented versions, as well as two Hi-Viz colors of yellow and orange for increased visibility.

The new VERTEX helmet is designed with a six-point textile suspension that conforms to the shape of the users head for maximum comfort. This webbing suspension allows for maximum breathability while ensuring separation between the users head and the external shell in case of impact.

Petzl’s line of I’D descenders (I’D S, I’D L, and new I’D EVAC), ubiquitous in the world of rescue, is receiving a face lift. The updated line of descenders now feature an AUTO-LOCK system which immediately positions the descender handle in a locked position when released. The new I’Ds include stainless steel wear plates on heavy rope-wear zones, and each model will also accommodate mountable auxiliary brakes to increase control during descents or lowers.

The I’D EVAC, a new addition to the I’D family, is designed to facilitate a more ergonomic and intuitive lower from an elevated anchor point. By updating the design of the handle, the user can now more effectively control a load by pulling the handle away from the anchor as opposed to pushing towards it.

The I’D S & I’D L are now designed with an integrated anti-panic function and anti-error catch. These two safety features limit the risk of an accident due to user error during a lower or descent.

These products, in addition to a new line of AVAO and ASTRO harnesses, can be viewed at Petzl booth 417 at FDIC International, April 8-13, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more information, please visit



For over 40 years, Petzl has developed innovative tools and techniques used by those who work and play in the vertical world. Today, Petzl is a world leader in work-at-height, fire and rescue, and tactical equipment and techniques. A family-owned business, Petzl is committed not only to quality and innovation, but also to giving back to the communities that have made it so successful. For more information, visit


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