Arborist Gear

More than anything else we want to make sure that climbers are safe. That’s why we’ve got all of your tree climbing equipment and rescue gear. Fliplines? Check! Lanyards? Check! Climbing ropes? Check! Carabiners? Check! Rope grabs? Check! We’ve got everything when it comes to arborist gear and arborist equipment selection.If you are looking for a tree climbing gear kit we have you covered.

What Kind Of Arborist Equipment Do I Need?

Arborists use all kinds of gear on the job. Here’s a list of a few key types of tree climbing equipment we’ve got in stock for you.

  1. We Have All Types Of Climbing Hooks
  2. More Types Of Climbing Lanyard Than You Can Count
  3. Climbing Carabiner To Link Up All Of The Parts Of Your Climbing System
  4. Rope, Rope, And More Rope - Tree Climbing Rope/Arborist Rope/Climbing Line
  5. All Of The Rope Grab And Rope Brakes That You Could Ever Need In Your Gear Bucket

What Is a Climbing Lanyard And What Is Climbing Lanyard Used For?

It can be a little confusing, but in the Tree Climbing world we use the word lanyard to describe individual cords/ropes and also for the systems/combinations we put together for specific Tree Climbing functions. It really all depends on the context, but lanyard may refer to the rope itself or a set up linking several ropes together. In a more technical sense, a lanyard refers to a short rope often linked by carabiners, snaps, or eye splices.

Either way, a climbing lanyard is going to be used to secure a climber to a tree and help them keep their balance.

Here’s A Few Things To Know About Tree Climbing Lanyard:

  • Used To Secure A Climber To A Tree
  • Helps A Climber Maintain Their Balance
  • Can Be Used For Intense Labor While Climbing
  • Lanyard Can Either Be An Individual Rope Or A System Of Several Ropes

Alright Got It. What Are Some Types Of Lanyard And How Do I Choose A Lanyard?

Glad you asked! Pelican Rope carries a ton of different types of lanyard, serving various different functions. When you are choosing the right lanyard, you will want to think about how experienced you are as a climber, how much stability you want vs how much freedom of movement you want, what other equipment you will be using on your climbs. Of course, when working in a professional setting, you will need to look at all of your job’s requirements. In any event, if you are looking for it, we’ve probably got it.

A Few Types Of Lanyard You Can Choose From:

  • Flip Line
  • Lanyard With A Built In Prusik Hitch
  • Lanyard For Work Positioning/Work Positioning Rope

What Is Flip Line Used For?

You will often hear Safety Lanyard called Flip Line around here. Flip Line falls under the category of Positioning Lanyard, so that means it will be used to position a climber’s body to some sort of pole, or in many cases to a tree. It is also pretty popular for pole workers and tower workers.

  1. Flip Line Is A Type of Positioning Lanyard
  2. Flip Line Is Also Sometimes Called Safety Lanyard
  3. Used To Position A Climber To A Tree, Pole, Or A Tower
  4. Popular For Pole Workers, Tower Workers, And Arborists Alike

What Materials Are Your Flip Lines Made Out Of?

Pelican Rope carries Flip Lines made of a few different types of materials and with a bunch of different features you can choose from. As a rule of thumb, the cover is going to be made out of polyester. Polyester is an ideal material for Flip Line and Climbing Rope because it is really strong and really durable but it is also very lightweight. Polyester is resistant to shrinking and stretching. It is also resistant to many chemicals.

When choosing between our different Flip Lines, one thing you want to think about is what type of eye you are looking for in your rope.

Types Of Eyes In Our Flip Lines:

  • Aluminum Eyes
  • Fixed Eye Loops - Increased Stability, Ideal For Heavy Lifting
  • Swivel Eye Loops - Designed To Make Positioning Easier, Minimizes Twisting

A lanyard’s eye is the loop at the end of the rope. Eyes vary between Fixed Eye loops and Swivel Eye Loops. Preconstruction of an eye in a rope greatly decreases damage that can be caused by bending the rest of the rope or creating knots.

When you need to decide between a Fixed Eye Loop and a Swivel Eye Loop, you should be thinking about your needs on the job. Fixed Eye Loops will help you stay steady when you are up in a tree. It is also great for heavy lifting jobs. If you need to think more about making your positioning require less effort, you are going to want a more versatile, Swivel Eye Loop. This type of loop is also going to help minimize twisting.

What Kind Of Grabs Do You Have For Your Flip Lines?

The grab, or rope brake on a Flip Line helps with the positioning of a rope. They are designed to move along with a climber as they ascend or descend on a rope.

Types Of Grabs Available

  • All In One Rope Grab
  • The Game Changing Removable Rope Grab For Increased Ease And Freedom

Our Removable Rope Grabs are some of our most popular products. These were designed with fall arrest systems in mind as well as restraint systems. The fact that these rope grabs are removable is going to make your life a lot easier and give you extra freedom on the job. The Better Grab has a large thumb rest, which will give you a better sense of control.

What Are Snaphooks, Carabiners, and Climbing Hooks?

Carabiners and Snaphooks (Climbing Hooks) are tools designed to link together different parts of a climbing system. They all serve the same basic functions. Pelican’s Snaphooks feature double lock systems for increased security and have a spring in them which can be opened using your thumb.

We have a ton of different types of Carabiners in stock to meet your needs. We have D-shaped carabiners, and carabiners with twist locks, triple locks, and screw locks. Some of our carabiners are made with steel and others are made with aluminum.

Different Tools For Linking Components Of Climbing Systems:

  • D-Shaped Carabiners
  • Carabiners With Twist Locks
  • Carabiners With Triple Locks
  • Carabiners With Screw Locks
  • Snaphooks, Which Include Double Locks Hooks And Thumb Springs

For those of you who are still interested in knowing more about Carabiners, we have a handy recourse in our blog.

What Is A Hitch?

Besides Carabiners and Climbing Hooks, ropes may be connected by knots. A hitch is a style of knot that ties around another object or its own standing part.

What Is a Prusik Hitch?

A Prusik is one of the most commonly used types of hitches (knots) in climbing. It is part of the “friction hitch” family, which may be used to slide along a rope or grip to the rope. Prusiks help out with rappelling, whether you are going up or down a rope.

Some Features Of A Prusik Hitch:

  • Great For Climbing Up Or Down A Rope
  • A Knot Designed To Link 2 Ropes Together
  • Forms A Bond Which Minimizes Rope Friction

What Is The Difference Between Static Rope And Dynamic Rope?

To put it simply, a Static Rope is a rope that is designed to resist stretching, whereas a Dynamic Rope is designed to increase elasticity. Static Rope is used for a lot of industrial type applications, including most aspects of tree climbing. Dynamic Rope is preferred for rock climbing and mountain climbing. Static Rope decreases how much you will bounce while you are climbing, so it saves your energy when you are climbing trees.

Part of the reason that Static Rope is preferred by arborists is that tree workers need extra stability on the job. If you are going to be hanging in a tree, doing intense labor that requires precision, you are going to be more worried about staying secure and worried less about adding extra stretch/elasticity to your climbing rope. It is also important to keep in mind that as an arborist, you will sometimes be doing a lot of heavy lifting where a Static Rope is going to be needed.

  • Static Rope Is More Stable, Less Elastic
  • Dynamic Rope Is More Stretchy, Less Stable
  • Dynamic Rope Is Preferred For Rock Climbing
  • Static Rope Is Usually Preferred By Arborists/Tree Climbers

What Is A Dead Eye Sling?

Some of our products that gets a lot of attention are our ropes with Dead Eye Slings. These ropes are great for tree work and have a 12 strand construction.

A Dead Eye Sling is a loop at the end of a rope put together with an eye made of nylon. The eye is covered with polyester. This type of sling is really popular for climbers who like to use port-a-wraps and is also great for girth hitching and cow hitching.

Features Of A Dead Eye Sling:

  • Equipped With Chafe Resistant Design
  • Covered In Urethane To Resist Abrasion
  • Perfect For Port-a-Wraps, Girth Hitching, And Cow Hitching

What Is the Deal With This Ring And Ring Friction Saver?

Just as the name implies, a friction saver is made to decrease friction on a rope while you are climbing up and down a tree. It is especially excellent when using a double rope technique of climbing. It also helps limit the amount of damage caused to the tree you are working on.

Some Benefits Of Using A Ring Friction Saver:

  • Minimizes Damage To Trees
  • Decreases Friction On The Rope
  • Ideal For DRT (Double Rope Technique)
  • Strong, Lightweight, And Wear Resistant
  • Increases Ease Of Retrieval To The Ground

Friction can cause significant damage to rope. This type of wear and tear will decrease a rope’s lifespan drastically and compromise its strength. This is especially of concern when you are climbing DRT so a Friction Saver is going to be an important piece of gear in your collection.

What Are Tree Vipers And Matadors?

Pelican Rope is dedicated to creating innovation in the rigging industry, especially for arborists and tree climbers. We are constantly looking to find ways to make tree climbing more easy and enjoyable. We are not happy with just manufacturing climbing ropes, but instead we are looking to push progress in our industry.

The Tree Viper and the Matador are our signature ropes. These two ropes are both revolutionary for climbers.

The Tree Viper Climbing Rope:

  • Eliminates Hand Cramping
  • A 24 Strand Rope Designed With Arborists In Mind
  • Creates Stronger Knots With Texture And Superior Stretch
  • The Viper’s Unique Nylon Core Means You Don’t Have To Milk The Rope
  • Designed For The Most Rigorous Of Climbs For Arborists & Other Tree Climbers

The Matador Bull Rope:

  • Spliceable
  • Even Balance
  • Shock Absorbant
  • Resistant To Abrasion
  • Created Specifically With Arborists In Mind
  • Nylon Core Makes It Cheaper & More Durable Than Other Bull Ropes

Do You Have Any Split Tail Rope?

We sure do. Pelican Rope carries an excellent ½ inch split tail rope for those instances where you need a more versatile rope for your tree climbing jobs and adventures. You can choose between a blue split tail or an orange split tail, but either way you are getting a 16 strand braided ply polyester rope with a non-rotational polyester core. These ropes often work best when you are using carabiners in your lanyard system.

Some Things About Our Split Tail Rope:

  • Excellent For Use With Carabiners
  • Made With A Non-Rotational Polyester Core
  • Available In Orange Or Blue- Very Visible Coloring
  • Less Stress On Your Rope Than Using A Fixed Tail

Split Tails are made to connect your saddle to a running rope while you are climbing. Your Carabiner is going to be used to make that connection in an indirect link, rather than requiring a hitch. The Split Tail Loop on a rope will help increase your versatility.

Why Is Pelican The Most Trusted Name In Rope?

At Pelican Rope, we are proud to create innovative products, such as the Matador Bull Rope, The Tree Viper Arborist Rope, and our unique Vertical Lifelines. Our ropes and rigging materials are helping to redefine our industry with their ground-breaking technology. Beyond our trailblazing moves in creating new products, we are also known as being a trustworthy and reliable provider. We offer fast shipping without ever compromising in quality or service. Feel free to reach and contact us and see why our customers consistently call us the Most Trusted Name In Rope.

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