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Black Diamond Super 8

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Black Diamond Super 8
3.7 out of 5 based on 24 user reviews.

Cred: 1451
Review by Keese on Dec. 19, 2007
An old style piece of gear seen much more in Europe than in the USA today. If you like the rapping with an 8 or prefer the belay of one more power to you. Defiantly something a climber should know how to use. Still a common sight in Spain and Germany though so maybe us Americans are missing something...
The ATC was invented.
Anything else... honestly.

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
Figure 8s tend to twist the ropes (especially after rappels).
By far most climbers have changed to tube style belay devices. Black Diamond ATC will do the job nicer Almost every time.

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Dec. 17, 2008
classic. I have students use this with an autoblock for rappelling. works great
none, just doesn't have a use anymore outside of rappel. Honestly, get any tube style device over this.
for belaying? anything else made today.

Cred: 4460
Review by jonnymtman on Mar. 30, 2009
It works smoothly. I would use a figure 8 before a munter hitch but that is about it.
Twist your rope up and doesn't have the holding friction of a plate device. I only have three because someone gave me two and my old one. They work for teaching sessions of basic belay/rappel.
BD atc guide

Cred: 308
Review by ericswanson on Jan. 19, 2009
It's a figure eight, so bomber construction, easy to use, hard to mess up unless you have no experience climbing whatsoever (and even then you might still be able to rappel off it if you are somewhat mechanically inclined).
Rope-twisting. Definitely not fun.
ATC of any kind.

Cred: 1321
Review by MikePB on Feb. 27, 2011
I hardly use this and it is just a run of the mill figure 8. I don't use these because the make the rope kinky and twisted. Better off with ATC or similar.
Dated...get something else.

Cred: 1194
Review by bruton on Jul. 27, 2011
Great belay device. good for all aspects of climbing.
As well as a perfect back up.
Coils the rope more then other devices.
Any device that has a flat or round ball the rope can roll over.

Cred: 26
Review by fb_21804477 on Jan. 20, 2008
great as a backup just in case you drop your belay device
Petzl hunt

Cred: 99
Review by climbercam on Feb. 20, 2008
Easy to use, doesn't heat up.
Kinks the ropes.
ATC style belay devices.

Cred: 313
Review by gearjunkie4017 on Jun. 13, 2011
its extremely lightweight and simple
it is aluminum so if you drop it you have to get it X-rayed

Cred: 12
Review by FreeSailer35 on Mar. 18, 2008
good, solid belay device
the rope sometimes gets twisted and ends up feeding more slowly

Cred: 454
Review by fb_12711439 on May. 21, 2008
super classic and multi-purpose

Cred: 26
Review by fb_1290900279 on Jan. 31, 2008
Great. What I learned to rappel with first. Cheap

Cred: 38
Review by fb_555560325 on Mar. 21, 2008
Solid and smooth
Twists the rope on rappel.

Cred: 5
Review by fb_506776743 on Mar. 26, 2008
Very compract and solid.

Cred: 73
Review by forsakenclimber on Apr. 28, 2008
Great for rappelling!

Cred: 11
Review by fb_24403612 on May. 28, 2008
Great rap device

Cred: 12
Review by wolfen_at_max on Jun. 13, 2008
Hot when zipping

Cred: 28
Review by heylookitsjames on Feb. 16, 2011
for a friend when canyoneering...

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
Not bad but Caleb get a frekin ATC

Cred: 46
Review by fb_866120310 on Apr. 04, 2008
old school

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Review by fb_5216704 on Jun. 13, 2008
It's great

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Review by rumseyistheman on Dec. 09, 2008

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Review by Reed P on Jul. 11, 2008
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