The RIG is a compact self-braking descender designed for experienced rope access workers. The auto-lock system ensures safety and improved work positioning. Once locked, the rope can be taken up without having to manipulate the handle. The safety gate allows the rope to be installed with the device remaining connected. The stainless steel wear plate improves durability by reinforcing the rope friction zone.Functions while in the locked position include: 1. Reducing or moving slack in the rope system 2. Short assents or tensioning the rope system 3. Belaying lead and/or aid climbersMaximum working load is 200 kg (more information on this technique in the product's Instructions for Use and in the technical advice at www.petzl.com.