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Overall rating 
 
3.7
Type of Use 
 
1.0
Frequency of Use 
 
3.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Technical Skill Required 
 
1.0
Ease of Use 
 
5.0
Safety 
 
1.0
Strength 
 
5.0
Portability 
 
5.0

Old School Rappel

For the old fashioned rappel enthusiast, this is about as pure as it gets. There's nothing quite like the simplicity of an 8 to sail down a rope from height, but you had really better know what you're doing because this is a completely unforgiving device. I like to tie a prusik self-belay above my 8 as a backup plan just in case, because you never know and it's better to be safe than sorry. I would agree that the 8 is large and bulky, but it does fit in a saddle pouch so I usually forget I have it until I need it. Ultimately a fun tool.

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