We blogged about the end-of-the-line for the ART Ropeguide '07 last month - today we have the replacement Ropeguide '10 shown below.The webbing on the '07 always caused problems when climbers coiled the unit for stowage on their harness - when it was unraveled the twists remained in the webbing - not a major issue but annoying never the less. For the '10 ART have changed the webbing to parallel sewn aramid rope - more abrasion resistant and less tangle!
The next obvious addition is the new 'tunnel ring'. The ring and rope rope work in tandem to a produce a combined break strength greater than 25kN. The radius of the ring improves the break strength of the rope and the rope also improves the strength of the light aluminum ring - pretty clever!
The black plastic 'rugby ball' behind the eye ring is called the Fender. It helps to twist the ring into an upright position when pulling it through a tight crotch.
The deflecting 'fingers' (on the cam) rotate the mechanical device when pressure is applied to retrieval Zip-Absorber - this helps release the cam when it comes to removing the Ropeguide from the tree.
These are the first pictures we have been able to get hold of - there will be more information soon, including price and availability.