16/02/2011 - More information on counterfeit Petzl products
Counterfeit Petzl products are not a new phenomenon.
Over the years, Petzl has discovered counterfeits or copies of several of its products:
- counterfeit headlamps with the Petzl logo, including headlamps from the TIKKA and MYO lines
- counterfeit copies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) without the Petzl logo, such as ASCENSION handled ascenders, the ASAP, etc.
February 2011: This is the first time Petzl discovered identical-looking counterfeit PPE products with the Petzl logo.
The four products we found do not meet our safety requirements and are potentially dangerous.
Counterfeit references are:
|CROLL ascender (B16)||ATTACHE locking carabiner (M35 SL)||ASCENSION handled ascender (B17 R) – old, blue right-handed version||RESCUE pulley (P50) – old version|
To our knowledge, these are the only four Petzl products that we have found to be identical counterfeits. No other Petzl PPE products are concerned by identical counterfeits (with Petzl logo).
- An end-user will not be able to tell the difference between these counterfeits and authentic Petzl products (see below for more information)
- They have serious quality, performance and safety problems.
For these reasons, Petzl decided to alert its end-users and begin legal action against the counterfeiters.
Petzl is fighting against counterfeiting
Over the past several years, Petzl has been fighting to stop the counterfeiting of our products. Our concern is for the safety and satisfaction of our end-users. These actions have enabled us to stop the illegal manufacture of our products.
How do you identify a genuine Petzl product?
Download the decision tree: Is my Petzl product authentic? (115 kb pdf file)
How do I make sure that I am purchasing an authentic Petzl product?
To ensure that you have purchased authentic Petzl products, be sure to shop at an authorized Petzl dealer (link). If you are in doubt, contact the distributor in your country. You can find their contact information with the Petzl dealer locator
- lProduction of the old style blue right-handed ASCENSION ascender (B17 R) was stopped in 2009. The only version in production now is the ASCENSION B17 SRG, B17 WRA, B17 WRN:
- Production of the old version of RESCUE pulley (P50) was also stopped in 2009. The only version is production now is the RESCUE P50 A
11/02/2011 - Petzl has recently discovered Chinese counterfeit versions of the following products:
These counterfeit products have serious defects that affect their performance and strength. For example:
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:
- Product markings
- Batch number
- Instructions for use (down to the most minor details)
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.
- If you have any doubt as to the authenticity of Petzl products, please help us and contact Petzl America at firstname.lastname@example.org or (877) 807-3805. For a list of Petzl retailers, please visit:
- If the retailer from whom you purchased your equipment is not listed, please contact Petzl America at the email and phone number listed above.
Petzl is working hard to stop these counterfeits, which put users’ lives at risk, from reaching the market.