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CMI Rescue 8

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CMI Rescue 8
4.2 out of 5 based on 5 user reviews.

Cred: 12137
Review by Troy on Feb. 12, 2008
You can rappel fast.
I still have one of these back from my rappelling days. While they are allot of fun to go fast with, they are not easy to stop on. Not recommended for casual users. If you don't know what the ears are for, then definitely do not bother with it... it just wouldn't be safe. This piece should only be used for short drops, anything too long and you'll get going too fast. Of course there are issues with taking 8's down a rappelling line to begin with (like how it twists and stresses the rope etc.). Do yourself a favor, and let this piece get used by the people that need it, professionals.
ATCXP is the safest device you can have for raps. If you really NEED a figure eight, the Petzl Huit Antibrulure is nice, the no burn tab on the end makes it nice and easy to get off the rope without the smell of seared flesh. The Petzl Pirana, is great for canyoning, and gives you allot more tension control and locking options.

Review by Facebook User on Aug. 14, 2010
This device is great for what it was designed to do, and that is to be used by the professionals. Hence the designation "Rescue" 8.

It can be used like a regular figure 8 however, why pay more for this tool/equipment (which is designed to do more than a figure 8) if you're only wanting a decending device?

When used properly, this equipment is actually SLOWER than the "regular" figure 8, because more surface area comes into contact with the rope, thereby causing more friction.

The key to using this equipment properly is... proper training. I DON'T recommend that anyone purchase one of these, go to the face and try to figure it out. As with any vertical equipment, that would only be a good way to become a statistic. If you're going faster on one of these than you go on a regular 8, I recommend that at the very least you consider getting some additional training RAPIDLY!

Thanx for letting me get my opinion in.
Stay safe ya'll!

Cred: 1250
Review by stephen on Apr. 04, 2011
wide mouth, hooks for locking, what can i say? is an 8

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
I have 3 now not sure why? but why not!

Cred: 67
Review by shoesbasecamp on Feb. 11, 2008
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