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Repetto Spider

Left-hand Right-hand
Left-hand Right-hand

Overview


Right-hand
(#929)

Front View Rear View Left Side View Right Side View
Front View Rear View Left Side View Right Side View
 
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging

Technical Details

I acquired this left-handed Repetto Spider from John Fioroni and The Cave Exploration Society Inc. in 2020. He acquired it from Gertjan van Pelt at CanyonZone.com.

The Repetto Spider (Left) is 197 mm. tall, 52 mm. wide, 29 mm. thick, and weighs 247 g.

The two side plates are made of 3.1 mm. aluminum. The lower ends of the side plates are bent to converge at the attachment point. The attachment point on the fixed side plate is enlarged to a 23 mm. high by 13 mm. wide hole located 3 mm. off center. A similar hole on the pivoting side plate has been cut open on the narrow side, so the side plate resembles a hook. The opening of the hook is covered by a spring loaded stamped steel, sheet metal guard which is attached to the side plate with a semi-tubular rivet. A second hole (14.3 mm.) in the fixed side plate allows attaching a second carabiner for creating extra friction.

The bollards are turned aluminum with four rectangular projections keep them from rotating on the fixed side plate. The bollards are drilled and tapped then bolted to the fixed side plate with 7 mm. bolts. Shoulder nuts lock the bollards in place and also retain the pivoting side plate. The pivoting side plate pivots on the lower shoulder nut and has a slot to allow clearing the upper nut. Unlike the Petzl Bobbins, both bollards are identical with U-grooves.

The pivoting side plate is printed with two icons illustrating how the descender is threaded, an open book icon, "0003," "19 - 18," "REPETTO," "Spider" in an ellipse, and an utterly indecipherable icon that might be mistaken for a map (or a Mayan head glyph?). Actually, the icon is a profile of a man's face.

Tie-offComments

The Repetto Spider is well made. The projections on the bollards provide a much stronger mounting than if the bollards had been just bolted on through a cylindrical hole with bolt and nut. Since only about one half of each bollard is exposed to the rope, the bollards wear unevenly. Most bobbins are designed to allow reversing the bollards, effectively doubling the life of the descender. The Spider allows turning the bollards 90°. It also allows interchanging the two bollards, a nice feature since the lower bollard will wear faster.

The second bottom hole is not strictly necessary (since one can connect the braking carabiner to one's harness maillon); however, I like the convenience of being able to keep it with the bobbin.

I like the idea of being able to choose between left- and right-handed versions of my equipment. Left-handed froggers may prefer the right-handed version since most chest ascenders are left-handed ascenders made for right-handed people.


Right-hand
(#929)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View
 
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging
Front View: Open for Rigging Rear View: Open for Rigging

Technical Details

InstructionsI acquired this Repetto Spider from Inner Mountain Outfitters in 2003.

This Spider is 197 mm. tall, 52 mm. wide, 29 mm. thick, and weighs 251 g.

The two side plates are made of 3.1 mm. aluminum. The lower ends of the side plates are bent to converge at the attachment point. The attachment point on the fixed side plate is enlarged to a 23 mm. high by 13 mm. wide hole located 3 mm. off center. A similar hole on the pivoting side plate has been cut open on the narrow side, so the side plate resembles a hook. The opening of the hook is covered by a spring loaded, stamped steel sheet metal guard which is attached to the side plate with a semi-tubular rivet. A second hole (14.3 mm.) in the fixed side plate allows attaching a second carabiner for creating extra friction.

The bollards are turned aluminum with four rectangular projections keep them from rotating on the fixed side plate. The bollards are drilled and tapped then bolted to the fixed side plate with 7 mm. bolts. Shoulder nuts lock the bollards in place and also retain the pivoting side plate. The pivoting side plate pivots on the lower shoulder nut and has a slot to allow clearing the upper nut. Unlike the Petzl Bobbins, both bollards are identical with U-grooves.

The pivoting side plate is printed with two icons illustrating how the descender is threaded, an open book icon, "REPETTO," "Spider" in an ellipse, and an utterly indecipherable icon that might be mistaken for a map (or a Mayan head glyph?). Actually, the icon is a profile of a man's face.

Comments

The right-handed Repetto Spider is similar to the Climbing Technology Acles DX. This is not surprising, since Climbing technology made the Spider for Repetto Sport.

Do not confuse the Repetto Spider with the later SMC Spider (a stop bobbin).