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Edelrid Foot & Tree Cruisers

Foot Cruiser Foot Cruiser, Safety Removed Tree Cruiser
Foot Cruiser Foot Cruiser, Safety Removed Tree Cruiser

Overview


Foot Cruiser
(#3415/2789, 3544/3545)

Left, Front: Closed Right, Front: Closed
Left, Front: Closed Right, Front: Closed
 
Left, Rear: Closed Right, Rear: Closed
Left, Rear: Closed Right, Rear: Closed
 
Left, Front: Unlocked for Rigging Right, Front: Unlocked for Rigging
Left, Front: Unlocked for Rigging Right, Front: Unlocked for Rigging
 
Left, Rear: Unlocked for Rigging Right, Rear: Unlocked for Rigging
Left, Rear: Unlocked for Rigging Right, Rear: Unlocked for Rigging
 
Left, Front: Locked Open Right, Front: Locked Open
Left, Front: Locked Open Right, Front: Locked Open
 
Left, Rear: Locked Open Right, Rear: Locked Open
Left, Rear: Locked Open Right, Rear: Locked Open

Technical Details

Cam faceI acquired my right Edelrid Foot Cruiser from CanyonZone.com - Gertjan van Pelt in 2020, and my left from the same place in 2021. I acquired a second pair from Karst Sports on Amazon.com in 2022. I removed the safety from that pair as discussed in the Comments below.

The Edelrid Foot Cruiser is 62 mm. tall, 82 mm. wide, 37 mm. thick, and weighs 160 g., including the supplied harness. The frame is stamped from aluminum alloy. The rope channel is 16 mm. wide. The cam radius increases from 30 to 46 mm. over an angle of 40°, giving a 32° cam angle. The tooth pattern is (3.2.2)(1H1.2)^3(3.2). There is a two-position, three-function plastic safety catch mounted outside the rope channel. In the "up" position, if the cam is closed, the safety limits cam motion so that the cam does not open. If the cam is open, the "up" position holds the cam open. In the down position, the safety does not interfere with cam opening or closing.

The Foot Cruiser comes with a harness made from 20 mm. flat webbing webbing. One piece of webbing circles the ankle, another goes under the instep. The piece under the instep passes through a length of 25 mm. tubular webbing that provides some protection against abrasion.

The outside of the safety is printed with "EDELRID FOOT CRUISER." The harness has a tag with " "Left" (resp. "Right") on both sides.

Comments

Foot ascenders such as this don't fit into the climbing systems that I commonly use, although I have met froggers that seem to like them.

The Foot Cruiser is nicely made. The safety design is interesting, and it gives the user the flexibility of deciding whether they want a safety or not. My preference would be to make the decision and then buy a foot ascender to match the decision. The safety on the Foot Cruiser is bulky, and is more likely to be knocked out of the desired position than more traditional designs where the safety is below the cam. If you do not like the safety on the Foot Cruiser, it is easily eliminated by removing a single screw. This is intentional, and a nice design feature. Removing the safety reduces the weight of one ascender from 160 to 134 g., and the thickness from 37 to 29 mm.

Left: Safety Removed Right: Safety Removed
Left: Safety Removed Right: Safety Removed

Tree Cruiser
(#3505/3506)

Left, Front: Closed Right, Front: Closed
Left, Front: Closed Right, Front: Closed
 
Left, Rear: Closed Right, Rear: Closed
Left, Rear: Closed Right, Rear: Closed
 
Left, Side View Left, Front: Unlocked for Rigging Left, Front: Locked Open
Left, Side View Left, Front: Unlocked for Rigging Left, Front: Locked Open

Technical Details

Cam faceI acquired my Tree Cruisers from Karst Sports / Amazon in 2022.

The Edelrid Tree Cruiser Left is 127 mm. tall, 80 mm. wide, 45 mm. thick, and weighs 134 g. The rope channel is 16 mm. wide. The cam radius increases from 30 to 46 mm. over an angle of 40°, giving a 31° cam angle. The tooth pattern is (3.2)(2.1H1)^3(2.3.2). There is a two-position, three-function plastic safety catch mounted outside the rope channel. In the "up" position, if the cam is closed, the safety limits cam motion so that the cam does not open. If the cam is open, the "up" position holds the cam open. In the down position, the safety does not interfere with cam opening or closing.

The body and safety assemblies of the Tree Cruiser and Foot Cruiser are identical. Only the back plates differ. The Tree Cruiser back plate allows mounting the ascender onto an Edelrid Talon foot stirrup.

The outside of the safety is printed with "EDELRID FOOT CRUISER."

Comments

I do not have a Talon stirrup to test my Tree Cruisers, and I'm not a Tarzan anyhow. I'll leave its evaluation to the arborist web sites.