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(Updated: February 18, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Type of Use 
 
4.0
Frequency of Use 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
4.0
Ease of Use 
 
3.0
Safety 
 
3.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
4.0

product shown is not product described

I am reveiwing the product shown in the photo, not the one in the description. The product in the photo is a KONG RESCUE 8, not a CMI rescue 8.

As a rescue technician, I have owned and used both. I prefer the Kong.



The Kong 8 has a higher strength rating. Kong-40Kn(>8,992lbf), The CMI, I've seen rated as low as 30Kn9(>6,744lbf.) The ears on the Kong 8 are longer than on the CMI, and they have a bit of a hook on the end. These ears provide an easier and more secure lock-off.



This is a multi purpose tool. Because of this item's large opening and high strength, it can also be used as a rigging plate. The center hole/slot can be used as a belay plate to lower branches or even people.



Though it takes a bit of practice and rational thinking to learn to use safely, I really like this product. (The one pictured)



Kong also offers a REALLY heavy steel version rated at 50 Kn! That's >11,240 lbf!

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