API Summer 2021

Left: The Ropes Park Equipment EZPZ harness has just five points of adjustment to simplify the fitting process. Below: The Deimos ECO D-Lite has color coded leg loops.

through a no-touch visual inspection, or by having a guest demonstrate the snugness of a fit by tugging on straps. “If your standard process is to tug on a strap to verify its function and fit, ask yourself: ‘Can this be done by the guest and verified by a trained observer?’ In almost every case, it can,” says Shahani. At least two companies, however—Petzl with its Swan models and FrenchCreek with its 4330—require guides to make final adjustments on the back straps. Petzl accomplishes this in two locations: between the shoulder blades with a lockable buckle, and on the back of the waist with a second buckle. “Up until shutting the clasps on the back, the guest can do [all the adjustments],” says Petzl marketing communications spe- cialist Pat Light. FrenchCreek Produc- tion features a single adjustment on the back strap of the 4330. While these adjustments obviously entail contact between guide and guest, they avoid presumably more offensive (and virus-risky) face-to-face interaction.

physical interaction with guests, the move toward no-contact or very-low- contact donning should continue to gain momentum. One bit of advice, however, to park operators from some of our contribu- tors here: check in with your insurance carrier on potential process changes. A park doesn’t want to slip on a liabil- ity banana peel if it is deemed that adequate safety precautions were not taken. Efficiency and user-friendliness are important donning considerations, but safety trumps all.

RPE’s EZPZ features a similar design, although the bifurcation is lower on the back, approximately between the shoulder blades.

SUPPLIERS

EASY ADJUSTMENTS

To make harnesses easier for guests to figure out, it can be helpful to reduce the number of adjustment points. RPE’s EZPZ, for example, has just five points of adjustment, as does Eyolf’s Cyclone— two on the legs, two on the waist, and one on the chest. The key adjustment, says Azarm, is the waist belt. Several harnesses, including RPE’s EZPZ, Petzl’s Swan, and Eyolf’s Cyclone, feature buckles or cinching de- vices along the sides to allow guests to make initial adjustments easily. Shahani says that a guide can then determine whether a harness is properly fitted

Deimos Zip Harness www.zipharness.com

Edelrid www.edelrid.com

Eyolf www.eyolf.ca

SAFETY FIRST

FrenchCreek Production www.frenchcreekproduction.com

As harness makers continue to design models that are more intuitive for first-time users and operators refine processes that allow guides to make final harness checks with little to no

Fusion Climb www.fusionclimb.com

Kong USA www.kongusa.com

Liberty Mountain www.libertymountain.com

Misty Mountain www.mistymountain.com

Petzl www.petzl.com

Ropes Park Equipment www.ropesparkequipment.com

SPS Filets www.spsfilets.com

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