The Black Diamond Super 8 is a classic figure-8 style descender. The figure-8 is still the smoothest and simplest abseil device available, it permits abseiling on single or double ropes, is quick to rig and dissipates heat better than any other passive abseil device.
The Super 8 is smooth anodised for even wear and longevity. This is a must for cavers and mountaineers who face a serious amount of abseiling and is ideal for group and centre use.
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This is a great device in my opinion. I've always been happy with the performance off of these. I personally own two of these. One I keep with my climbing gear for rappels and the other I keep with my Ski Patrol pack for any rescues or self evacs from broken lifts.
The Super 8 has always performed well when I needed it to and you can't beat the price either for a backup device. I notice that some people are complaining that the device is too warm, too fast, not good for belaying, or kinks the rope. I personally am a bigger guy and don't particularly notice it being to fast but I also like to go fast anyways. For the other complaints, those are inherent to 8s so I don't know why they are complaining. If you didn't want it to get so warm or to be better for belaying you would have/should have gone with an actual belay device. The 8 works well for what it was designed to do.
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