Why no mention of ASAP?

Why doesn't this article mention the Petzl ASAP, which appears to be designed to do exactly what is needed in self-belay? It would also permit down-climbing and protect an abseil. If it is good enough to protect working at height professionally, why not rock climbing? OK - it requires semi-static rope (sold to climbers as 'abseil rope'), is quite expensive and has no place in general leader-climbing but anybody who really wants to self-belay regularly probably wont care about that.


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