Petzl was founded on a commitment to serve: "Aiding progression towards the inaccessible". From the outset,this idea is in the spirit of founder Fernand Petzl, a caver looking for solutions to the challenges presented byprogression. For 30 years, Petzl has been designing and distributing solutions that aid in commitment and progression on vertical and/or dark terrain with optimal efficiency, freedom and safety.
The company was started by Fernand Petzl. A great inventor and caver, he spent his life experimenting with new vertical progression techniques. Fernand created completely innovative rope-access solutions for caving: using nylon rope instead of ladders in 1943; building the first ascenders and descenders in 1968.
Petzl products are tested at each step
Petzl is for quality at every step: from development and manufacturing to after-sales-service. They undergo numerous tests and inspections in the lab (test tower, dark room for headlamps), on the terrain (by testers of all levels) and on the production lines. All anticipated uses and associated risks are analyzed (mishandling,misuse, etc). Test lab Petzl was the first company in its sector to equip itself with a testing lab in 1986. The test tower, a key piece of equipment, is designed to reproduce the conditions in which our products are to be used. Tests performed: the performance of the products under different loads and stresses, their strength over time, their potential wear and deformation, fall tests for harnesses… Product component prototypes(slings, buckles, etc.) are also tested in the tower to validate material selection. The tests are performed according to international standardsand Petzl's own criteria.