National Geographic Adventure Awards Petzl ALTITUDE Gear of the Year

December 15, 2016

The award acknowledges Petzl’s outstanding innovation in design, materials and performance for the ALTITUDE harness

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (December 14, 2016) — The Petzl ALTITUDE harness earned a prestigious Fall/Winter 2016 Gear of the Year award from the National Geographic Adventure for its innovative and weight-saving construction.

National Geographic Adventure wrote “Petzl’s Altitude strips away all the unnecessaries and delivers a minimalist but effective harness for ski mountaineering and other alpine pursuits when you aren’t carrying a full rack or hanging on a rope for extended periods.”

The ultra-light harness weighs in at 150 grams (size S/M) thanks to Petzl’s award-winning WIREFRAME Technology. Spectra® strands eliminate the need for webbing and foam by optimally distributing pressure in the waistbelt and leg loops.

The ALTITUDE’s streamlined, easy-to-don design makes it the perfect go-to harness for fast-and-light skiing and mountaineering expeditions. Four ultra-light equipment loops integrate into the harness to minimize interference when wearing a backpack. Leg loops feature siliconized keepers for positioning ice screws. It costs $79.95 and is available now at retail.

“The ALTITUDE’s minimalistic, ultra-strong design is a testament to Petzl’s R&D and how much development is still possible using new materials,” said David Hugar, marketing director for Petzl. “We’re honored National Geographic Adventure agrees.”

For over 40 years, Petzl has developed innovative tools and techniques used by those who work and play in the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing, caving, and alpinism. In the professional market, Petzl is a world leader in work at height, fire and rescue, and tactical equipment and techniques. A family-owned business, Petzl is committed not only to quality and innovation, but also to giving back to the communities that have made us so successful. For more information, visit www.petzl.com.