RA/SMC Large Figure 8

RA/SMC Large Figure 8
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Price: $69.50
Product ID : SM142000
Manufacturer: SMC
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The classic descender for ropework, the Figure 8 is perhaps the most widely recognized component of all vertical gear. This aluminum version from Russ Anderson/ SMC is designed for versatility.  The classic geometry of the Figure 8 with ears will accept single or double wrap braking, and this unit works with rope diameters up to 5/8".  The ears are designed to prevent a girth hitch.  Use the small bottom hole as a Stitch plate. This large Figure 8 is for extra gritty environments and heavy use.
Features include:
  • Solid heat treated aluminum
  • Grey hard-anodized finish
  • Accepts rope up to 5/8.
  • Color: black
  • Weight: 235 g.
  • MBS: 22kN
*NOTE: Figure 8 descenders tend to violently twist and kink the rope during rappels, exacerbating the wear on the rope, especially between the core and the sheath of the rope.  This twisting and kinking suggests early retirement of the rope.  Likewise, these descenders are very small and do not dissipate heat very well.  High speed rappels are discouraged with Figure 8 descenders

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