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Counterfeit Versions of Petzl Products

Outdoorspersons, rescuers and medical professionals count on equipment to be genuine and fully functional, particularly in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, unscrupulous persons will make and distribute counterfeit equipment, drugs, and anything else that suits their purposes to make money.

The following information appears on the Petzl website (

Warning regarding the presence of counterfeit versions of Petzl products 

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:

Example of a counterfeit Petzl product

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

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.