The ZipAbsorber 1 protects the climber in case of falling from dangerous maximum impact forces ? just like an airbag. These kind of impact forces can occur even with "short" falls and they can cause severe injuries. In a standard test conducted during certification (100 kg dropped by 1 m) the ZipAbsorber reduces impact forces reliably to under 6 kN. Without the shock absorber impact forces would almost double!
What's so special: Compared to the conventional shock absorbers the ZipAbsorber withstands permanently challenging work conditions without early opening. Within the RopeGuide it serves not only as a shock absorber but also as a retrieving device. According to ART philosophy this device is available as spare part as well.