So named from its development in the rugged Red Rock highlands of northern Arizona, the Arizona Vortex (AZV) multipod was created from years of trial and error. Having worked with crude but functional lashed timber frames at Sedona-based Ropes That Rescue, Reed Thorne developed the AZV with the help of Rock Thompson at Rock Exotica. The Arizona Vortex represents the essence of at-the-edge frames, which no standard multipod can match today.
The father of all portable artificial high directionals (AHD)s, the AZV is a tripod, bipod and monopod in one all-inclusive kit. Its precision machined two-piece head can be rigged as a standard tripod or, in advanced applications, as an A-frame, Sideways A-frame, Gin Pole or a multitude of other configurations. The tripod can be formed into an Easel A-frame with adjustable leg lengths. The versatile third leg allows rescuers to set up an artificial high directional in virtually any urban, industrial or wilderness application. On A-frame and Easel A-Frame applications, pulleys can be attached using provided quick-pins directly into the Head Set without using carabiners, eliminating valuable lost headspace and working clearance. The AZV is ideal for use with high lines and tracking line offsets. The extra attachment points also work well for rope access where several lines may be needed over the edge. Both the Raptor and Flat feet sets are included to provide secure footing options on varying terrain and industrial surfaces.
Arizona Vortex Bag System: Designed for ultimate accessibility and quick access, our backpack-style bags are extremely rugged and able to be carried on the back into the wilderness or an industrial environment such as stairwells. Made of durable Cordura® nylon, they feature extra protection in high-wear places for exceptional longevity. Sold as a set.
(21) Hi-viz orange Pin Flags can be attached to quick pins to help increase visibility and prevent pins from rolling on slope. Also included is a 12m (40-ft) length of 8mm orange accessory cord for safety tethering the AZV, and (3) Hobble Straps for independently securing the legs.
The Arizona Vortex Kit comes complete with:
- Head Set (2 pieces)
- Head Set Pulley Wheel
- Head Set Pins (4)
- Head Set Backpack
- Inner Legs (3)
- Outer Legs (7)
- Leg/Foot Pins (17)
- Leg Bags w/ Shoulder Straps (3)
- Flat (Omni) Feet (3)
- Raptor (Claw) Feet (3)
- Foot Storage Sleeves (2)
- Pin Bag, Orange
- Pin Flags, Hi-Viz Orange (21)
- Hobble Straps, Adjustable (3)
- Safety Tether Cord – 8mm cord, 12m (40 ft) length
- User’s Manual
Min Height: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Max Height (with additional legs): 3.7 m (12 ft)
Weight (with both foot sets): 33 kg (72 lb)
Shipping Weight (including all parts, bags and packaging): 43 kg (95 lb)
MBS: 36 kN (8,093 lbf)
Certification: Classified to NFPA 1983 (2017 ED) – General Use