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Counterfeit Petzl Climbing Gear

Petzl has issued a warning regarding counterfeit climbing gear. This equipment is very hard for consumers or outdoor programs to differentiate from authentic products. According to Petzl the products fail at very low loads, well below CE, UIAA and Petzl's standards. The products have not been found in North America. Four counterfeit items have been identified.

With the proliferation of alternative avenues for buying gear this is a good reminder that it may not be wise to trust your life to a product bought on Ebay. Petzl reports that this is not the first time this has occurred, but it is the first time the equipment has been as close in appearance to the real product (though two of the counterfeit items are older models no longer in production).

Feb. 28th 2011: Petzl has released a decision tree to assist consumers in determining if their hardware if authentic (only the four items below have been identified as counterfeit).


Petzl's text and images:

Petzl has recently discovered Chinese counterfeit versions of the following products:

Potentially Counterfeit Petzl Products Image

 

 

 

 

 










These counterfeit products have serious defects that affect their performance and strength. For example:

Strengths of Fake Gear Image






















There is a significant risk that these counterfeit products could open or otherwise fail at low loads and under normal use:
 

  • These counterfeit products do not meet UIAA or CE safety standards.  

  • These counterfeit products do not meet Petzl safety and quality requirements.

 

It will be very difficult for you to identify these fakes:

They have been reproduced in a way that makes them very difficult to identify. The following features have been reproduced nearly identically:

  • Design
  • Color
  • Product markings
  • Batch number
  • Instructions for use (down to the most minor details)
  • Packaging

Only an in-depth analysis allows us to identify these counterfeit products, due to minor differences in the tools used to produce them.


To date, only a few counterfeits have been found on the market, and thus far none in North America.

What can you do?

  • Only purchase from an authorized Petzl retailer to be sure that you are purchasing a genuine Petzl product.

  • If you have any doubt as to the authenticity of Petzl products, please help us and contact Petzl America at info@petzl.com or (877) 807-3805. For a list of Petzl retailers, please visit:
  • If the retailer from whom you purchased your equipment is not listed, please contact Petzl America at the email and phone number listed above.


Petzl is working hard to stop these counterfeits, which put users’ lives at risk, from reaching the market.

Visit Petzl's post on this topic (updated on 2/16/11)



 

Thanks to Garth Tino for the 1st heads up on this situation.

 

Petzl has recently discovered Chinese counterfeit versions of the following products:

Potentially Counterfeit Petzl Products

 

These counterfeit products have serious defects that affect their performance and strength. For example:

Broken Counterfeit Products


There is a significant risk that these counterfeit products could open or otherwise fail at low loads and under normal use:

  • These counterfeit products do not meet UIAA or CE safety standards.

  • These counterfeit products do not meet Petzl safety and quality requirements.

 

It will be very difficult for you to identify these fakes:

They have been reproduced in a way that makes them very difficult to identify. The following features have been reproduced nearly identically:

  • Design
  • Color
  • Product markings
  • Batch number
  • Instructions for use (down to the most minor details)
  • Packaging

Only an in-depth analysis allows us to identify these counterfeit products, due to minor differences in the tools used to produce them.

 

To date, only a few counterfeits have been found on the market, and thus far none in North America.

 

What can you do?

  • Only purchase from an authorized Petzl retailer to be sure that you are purchasing a genuine Petzl product.

  • If you have any doubt as to the authenticity of Petzl products, please help us and contact Petzl America at info@petzl.com or (877) 807-3805. For a list of Petzl retailers, please visit:
  • If the retailer from whom you purchased your equipment is not listed, please contact Petzl America at the email and phone number listed above.

 
Petzl is working hard to stop these counterfeits, which put users’ lives at risk, from reaching the market.

Posted by

Alex Kosseff

on 2/12/11
Categories: 
Field SafetyRecallsNews

Comments

Thanks for this post. I’ve thought about buying some gear online, but now I’ll think twice. I guess you never really know what you’re getting and cheaper is not always better. I’ll stick to REI LOL

By John Murphy on 03/19/2011 at 12:29 PM

China knocks off almost everything. With the cheaper price somes lower quality. With any kind of gear it’s best to stick with the real stuff because it could mean your life.

By Lauren Reid on 03/19/2011 at 06:05 PM

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