A rope grab device is a perfect tool for people working at height because it allows the operator to move along the rope to do their work, but it will grip onto the rope and stop the operator’s descent automatically if they happen to fall.

At Life-Gear we stock a range of different rope grab devices that are perfect whether you are a professional arborist, tree surgeon or if you climb for sport. If you are buying or using a rope grab for the first time, bare these points in mind:

  • Ensure you have completed appropriate climbing training and are confident operating a rope grab.
  • Make sure your rope grab is compatible with your rope or lanyard.
  • Read the instruction manual thoroughly before you start climbing so that you know exactly how to use your new rope grab.

The G-Force Work Positioning Guided Fall Arrester is designed for use with a 12mm rope and comes in three colours. Use it as part of a fall arrest system or for work positioning on an access rope.

The G-Force Guided Shock Absorbing Fall Arrester (14mm) has a gate that makes attaching and detaching it from the rope easy! Much like the 12mm rope grab, this rope grab will automatically grip the rope in the event of a fall.

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If you can’t find the rope grab you were looking for, get in touch! Our specialist team will do their best to help you. To browse more working at height and arborist equipment, browse the rest of our site.


Arborist helmets are different to other kinds of safety helmets, because they not only protect the wearer from being struck by fallen objects, they also provide protection around the sides of the head. Whether you climb trees as part of your job or as a hobby, wearing an arborist helmet will ensure you can climb comfortably and safely.

Which arborist helmet is the best? To help you decide, we have chosen three of the best arborist helmets we stock and tell you more about them here.

Petzl Vertex Best Climbing Helmet PETZL-VERTEXB

This helmet had to come first because best is in the name, and that’s because it is one of the most popular climbing helmets amongst arborists. Some of the features that make it one of the best arborist helmets include; attachment points for a visor or ear defenders, CentreFit adjustment and an incredibly strong chin strap. We think you’ll love it, take a closer look here.

Edelrid Ultra Lite Climbing Helmet

This Edelrid Ultra Lite Climbing Helmet makes it into our best arborist helmet top 3 because it is secure and effective. It can offer protection from molten metal splatter, has attachments for ear protectors or a visor, and it comes with removable inner padding for extra comfort. Take a closer look here.

Edelrid Zodiac Tree Climbing Helmet

And finally, this Edelrid Zodiac Tree Climbing Helmet has made it into our because it is lightweight, impact-resistant, and comes with a fully adjustable chin strap with a closure system for comfort. This arborist helmet looks stylish, has vents to keep your head cool, and is sure to keep you safe while you work and climb. Do you think this is the best arborist helmet for you? Take a look here.

It is hard for us to tell you what the best arborist helmet is because it largely depends on personal preference and the type of climbing job you’re doing. However, we are sure that these are some of the best arborist helmets on the market, so we can assure you they won’t let you down.

Children's Climbing Equipment

Climbing is a great activity for children and young people to enjoy. It boosts concentration - finding a route up a climbing wall requires a lot of focus! - and of course it's also great for improving strength, coordination, and general fitness.

But climbing can also be hazardous if you're not wearing the right safety equipment. Before letting your child climb, it's important to make sure that they are protected from falls - and to that end, we at Life-Gear.com are pleased to offer a great selection of children's climbing equipment at rock-bottom prices.

Here are some of the products that you can buy from our website today:

Children's Climbing Harness

PETZL Fall Protection Harness for Children

Ideal for children aged 4-9 years

This safety harness can support children weighing up to 30kg (that's approximately 4st 10lb). The two-colour webbing makes this product easy to put on, and its full-body design provides improved safety for smaller children whose hips haven't fully developed yet. The clips are positioned at the back of the harness so that young wearers won't fiddle with them.

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Picchu-PETZL Children's Climbing Helmet

Ideal for children aged 3-8 years

Designed specifically for young rock climbers, this helmet's headband size can be adjusted between 48cm and 54cm. The helmet itself is sturdy, lightweight, and comfortable to wear, with side openings to enhance ventilation. Choose from two different colours: Coral (red) and Raspberry (pink).

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Older children and teenagers may find our regular safety harnesses and climbing helmets to be a better fit. We have a wide range of climbing equipment available for climbers of all ages!

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When climbing a tree, there are certain pieces of equipment that are absolutely essential. Whether you're a professional tree surgeon or you climb trees for some other reason, safety should always come first and having the right gear will dramatically reduce the risk of injury.

Tree Climbing Equipment

Safety Harnesses

You have a reasonable amount of choice when it comes to selecting a suitable safety harness. The harness you choose should fit snugly but still be comfortable to wear.

Tree Climbing Harness

The tree climbing work positioning harness pictured above is a great option because it is affordable, comfortable, and has multiple attachment points. Make sure you know your waist size before ordering as this will ensure that the harness fits correctly.

Alternatively, you could opt for a full body harness. These harnesses are probably a more comfortable choice for tree surgeons because you can easily sit down into the harness and still feel secure while working at height for extended periods. One of our favourites is the PETZL AVAO rope access safety harness, which wraps over the body in an 'X' shape to reduce the pressure on your body during longer suspensions.

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A lanyard (or flipline) is a length of cord that can temporarily hold a tree climber in place. Having a lanyard attached to your safety harness allows you to maintain a point of contact with the tree at all times.

Climbing Lanyard

There are many options available when it comes to picking a lanyard: the length, mechanism and material can vary from one product to the next, so be sure to do some research before making a purchase.

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If you're working up a tree, it's important to buy a protective helmet that was actually designed for arborists and tree surgeons. A standard hardhat is not acceptable - hardhats are designed to protect the head from falling objects, and while this is still a potential hazard when climbing a tree, there's also a risk that you will be hit from the side or fall from a great height. Your helmet needs to be capable of protecting you in all of these circumstances.

Climbing Helmet

The helmet shown above is a favourite amongst arborists: the PETZL Vertex Best Climbing Helmet. It features:

  • A CentreFit adjustment system
  • A strong chinstrap
  • Attachment points for a visor / ear defenders

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