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    So I've been messing with the new ID'L for a few tours now and I really like it. The only thing I'm slightly confused about is the button on the handle. I can't seem to figure out what benefit it does or doesn't create. Anyone more familiar with this part of the device's function?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcalamia View Post
    So I've been messing with the new ID'L for a few tours now and I really like it. The only thing I'm slightly confused about is the button on the handle. I can't seem to figure out what benefit it does or doesn't create. Anyone more familiar with this part of the device's function?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdcalamia View Post
    So I've been messing with the new ID'L for a few tours now and I really like it. The only thing I'm slightly confused about is the button on the handle. I can't seem to figure out what benefit it does or doesn't create. Anyone more familiar with this part of the device's function?
    That button is for horizontal movement. It's a design change Petzl made since the original I'D was introduced.The reason for the change was because on sloping or horizontal terrain or even light loads the anti panic break will activate with ease. Depress this button to make the decent smoother.
    This button is not to be used for a vertical decent, doing this would defeat the purpose of the anti panic function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
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    Good one Deputy! I'm glad I have an old gray model. No button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgressiveRescue View Post
    That button is for horizontal movement. It's a design change Petzl made since the original I'D was introduced.The reason for the change was because on sloping or horizontal terrain or even light loads the anti panic break will activate with ease. Depress this button to make the decent smoother.
    This button is not to be used for a vertical decent, doing this would defeat the purpose of the anti panic function.
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    Mike Donahue
    Just visited Petzl for a week long workshop on there equipment a couple of months ago...the button does not override the panic switch when the device is in "vertical realm" Just an FYI

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    Just remember your old grey one is single person use only and i have personally bent the silver model at the black clip. picture avaiable upon request

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    rm,
    i would like to see that picture....
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    The damage was caused by doing a low point rappel off a training tower, when member returned to top of tower a deformity was noticed in the metal when trying to re load id for next slide.
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