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Petzl ULTRA BELT Headlamp Wins ISPO Outdoor Award

Petzl, a leading manufacturer of hands-free lighting and technical climbing gear, has won the ISPO Outdoor award for its new ULTRA BELT headlamp.

Petzl, a leading manufacturer of hands-free lighting and technical climbing gear, has won the ISPO Outdoor award for its new ULTRA BELT headlamp. The ISPO Outdoor Awards recognize “high quality products” demonstrating “outstanding innovation”, and were announced last week at the ISPO winter tradeshow held January 27th – 30th in Munich, Germany.

An international jury composed of outdoor sports industry thought leaders selected the ULTRA BELT headlamp as the winner in the Technics/Electronic category, based on quality, performance, innovation, user-friendliness, and design criteria. Weighing just 230 grams and yielding a powerful 350 lumens of light, the ULTRA BELT is the perfect companion for any outdoor endurance athlete looking for the ultimate in lighting power.

The ULTRA BELT and the ULTRA (the all-on-the-head version) are Petzl’s newest hands-free lighting® innovations. Intended for speed and rapid movements in all conditions, ULTRA series headlamps have a wide, spotlight-type beam, a secure, ergonomic fit, and three regulated brightness levels. Both high-powered headlamps are designed for maximum lighting and visibility, ideal for adventure racing, orienteering, night skiing, and outdoor endurance activities requiring high-quality and high-output lighting. The ULTRA BELT’s rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack provides up to 34 hours of burn time and is
guaranteed for three years.

According to the awards jury, “Petzl documents its premium position among headlamp companies with its latest development … customary high-quality finish and outstanding light quality in this category make the ULTRA BELT a product to be recommended for ambitious outdoor adventurers”.

The ULTRABELT is the result of several years of research and development by Petzl’s hands-free lighting® project team. Petzl’s team is constantly on the lookout for new technologies and how they can be applied in innovative ways. Most recently, Petzl has increased the power of its popular MYO XP headlamp by 200% without increasing weight or decreasing battery duration, adding value to trail runners, climbing guides, adventure racers and other high-output headlamp fans. ULTRA series headlamps are the brightest in the outdoor market, and will be available in specialty retail stores as of July 1, 2008.

About the ISPO Outdoor Award
The ispo Outdoor Award annually recognizes the most innovative outdoor equipment and apparel. Products are chosen from the following categories: textiles, footwear, hardware, nordic fitness, adventure / travel, technics / electronics, backcountry and others. The award is presented in conjunction with the ispo Outdoor industry tradeshow held in Munich, Germany every winter. More information about the Outdoor awards is available online at:

About Petzl
Petzl America is the U.S. division of Petzl, headquartered in France. For over 50 years, Petzl has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by those entering the vertical world. Today, the Petzl brand is closely associated with adventure, exploration, rescue, and many notable exploits in the worlds of rock climbing and alpinism. Petzl climbing hardware and headlamps can be found in outdoor specialty shops and premium sporting goods retailers around the world. For more information, log on to