Making the ASAP drop-resistant - Petzl USA

Making the ASAP drop-resistant

In certain work situations, it is necessary to secure all tools and equipment to prevent them from being dropped.


  • Carefully read the Instructions for Use used in this technical advice before consulting the advice itself. You must have already read and understood the information in the Instructions for Use to be able to understand this supplementary information.
  • Mastering these techniques requires specific training. Work with a professional to confirm your ability to perform these techniques safely and independently before attempting them unsupervised.
  • We provide examples of techniques related to your activity. There may be others that we do not describe here.


The ASAP B71 AAA and B071 AA00 cannot be made drop-resistant.


The ASAP LOCK can be used without detaching it from the harness, so it is always drop-resistant.


The ASAP B71 has a hole for attaching a keeper cord.

Making the ASAP drop-resistant with a keeper cord

In certain work situations, it is necessary to secure all tools and equipment to prevent them from being dropped. It is possible to attach the ASAP to the OK TRIACT carabiner, using a keeper cord. Warning: using a keeper cord makes the device more difficult to handle, adding potential hazards and increasing the likelihood of misuse.

Installing the keeper cord

Tie one end of the keeper cord to the lower hole of the ASAP (identified as number 7 in the nomenclature section of the Instructions for Use). The keeper cord knot must be tied as close as possible to the device to keep the size of the loop to a minimum.

Make a loop at the other end of the cord and connect it to the OK TRIACT carabiner. The loop must be tightened on the carabiner frame so that it stays in place, close to the ASAP attachment holes.

The keeper cord must be short: once in place, it should measure no more than 11 cm. An elastic cord may be used to make handling easier, provided it is no longer than 11 cm when unstretched.

When attaching the ASAP to the rope, run the keeper cord along the backside of the device (the side opposite the locking wheel). Once the OK TRIACT carabiner is connected to the ASAP, the keeper cord must not be able to reach the locking wheel.

Making the ASAP drop-resistant: warning 1WARNING - DANGER:

- If the keeper cord is longer than 11 cm when installed

- If the keeper cord is on the wheel side of the ASAP, there is a risk of the keeper cord getting jammed in the locking wheel, causing the ASAP to malfunction

Making the ASAP drop-resistant: warning 2WARNING: when using the ASAP, the OK TRIACT carabiner must be clipped through the two attachment holes and the rope must run inside the carabiner. IF NOT, DANGER OF DEATH.