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Well made, inexpensive
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I use an ATC for most things, but got this to throw in a rescue/retrieval kit for river running, along with the 10.3 static rope. It's quick and easy to use, small (flat), and inexpensive.
Just like a figure 8
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Works great for rappelling. Military is where I got used to the figure8, but the blue is a nice touch!
Great piece of eqiptment
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Just like the description states, great piece of gear, I love having mine, and use it all the time. I have seen some reviews that claim that this is not ok to belay people on, it's not encouraged, but I have no problem belaying on the 8 for ten years, does not have as much friction as an atc, but its cheap and strong and utilitarian. Everything you would expect from a figure 8.
Black Tactical Figure 8
Like it says...
I got this to attach myself to a highline with a non-directional and strong piece. It's considerably more substantial in your hand than the Black Diamond 8. The BD 8 is actually quite a bit thinner near the top of the large opening, and only rated to 22 kN, where as this is the same thickness aluminum throughout. I realize the difference between 35 kN and 22 kN strength ratings is pretty academic for a 6 foot fall, but this offers a lot more psychological pro than the BD version. I can't comment on it's intended use, because I likely won't ever use it for that.
i'm stoopid... where's the button to add...
i'm stoopid... where's the button to add this to my gear list?
It isn't just you. I'm not able to see the buttons to add to gear lists either (on any product). Looks like the site is experiencing some problems right now. Hopefully they'll fix it soon.
As a follow-up, I sent customer service a question regarding it. Unfortunately, I haven't heard back. It still doesn't appear to be working for me...