Black Diamond Super 8 Belay

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Black Diamond Super 8 Belay/Rappel Device Features.

Black Diamond Super 8 Belay/Rappel Device.
The Black Diamond Super 8 Belay/Rappel Device is specially made for retro climbers and ideal for search and rescue professionals. It works well with double 8.1 mm. ropes and up to 11 mm. single lines, giving you ample room to climb tangle-free. This belay device is fast and easy to load and can be used by anyone. Its unique modern 8 design aids in smooth handling and also helps in thinning out the non-rope bearing areas. It has a strength of 15 kN and can withstand wear and tear. This device is lightweight and easy to carry on your rock climbing adventures. It is available in a range of colors for you to choose from. The Black Diamond Super 8 Belay/Rappel Device keeps you safe no matter what the terrain looks like.
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Key Features.

Lining and Layers:

  • Works well with double 8.1 mm ropes or up to 11 mm single lines

Manufactured:

  • Made of lightweight-yet-tough drop-forged aircraft-quality 7075-T6 aluminum for superior strength and durability

Features:

  • Soft-anodized coating wears smoothly; less chance of developing rope-damaging edges
  • Ideal for the retro climber or Search-and-Rescue professional
  • Black Diamond Super 8 belay device comes in assorted colors only; sorry, specific color requests cannot be accommodated
  • 3.1 oz (87 grams)
  • Modern 8 design for smooth handling
  • Fast and easy loading
OutdoorPlay.com
Black Diamond Super 8 Belay Rappel Device - The Super 8 Climbing Belay Rappel Device by Black Diamond is an anodized, super-light and full-size figure 8 that is perfect for rappelling. Ideal for the retro climber or Search and Rescue professional, this classic device uses a unique design that eliminates excess material by thinning out the non-rope bearing areas. Ropes slide easily over the surface, making it a fast, easy-loading device while the non-rope bearing areas eliminate excess material. When you are ready to reach new heights, load up your gear, grab your friends but don't forget the Super 8 Climbing Belay Rappel Device by Black Diamond.
Moosejaw

The Super 8 Belay/Rappel Device by Black Diamond has a unique design that eliminates excess material to keep things light. Works best with double 8.1 ropes to single 11s.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond Super 8 Belay.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond Super 8 Belay.

Al's Sports
Fast and easy loading, this classic Black Diamond belay/rappel device uses a unique design that eliminates excess material by thinning out the non-rope bearing areas. The Super 8 has a smooth-wearing soft-anodized surface and works best with double 8.1 mm ropes up to single 11 mm cords. Black Diamond Super 8 Belay Device Features: WEIGHT: 87 G (3.1 OZ) Style number BD620032
Backcountry.com
Made of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy, the Super 8's flawless design makes for an incredibly strong, lightweight belay/rappel device. A super smooth ride, the Super 8 is great for handling any rope diameter. *Assorted colors.

REI

Designed with belaying in mind, the Black Diamond Super 8 belay device features a versatile dual-hole design that allows use with single or double ropes.

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Mountain Gear
Black Diamond's Super 8 belay and rappel device brings friction back to the basics.

FontanaSports.com
Fast and easy loading, this classic belay/rappel device uses a unique design that eliminates excess material by thinning out the non-rope bearing areas.

Features:
up to 11 mm single lines.
• Weight : 87 g, 3.1 oz.
• Strength : 15 kN, 3372 lbf.
• Assorted Colors.
*All sales final on climbing gear, due to the nature of the sport.*

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Activity:Climbing
Country of Origin:Taiwan
Fits rope sizes:8.1mm - 11mm, single/double
Material:Aluminum
Strength:15 kN, 3372 lbf
Suitable for belaying:Yes
Suitable for rappelling:Yes
Type:Passive
WEIGHT:87 G (3.1 OZ)
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Black Diamond Super 8 Belay Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

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 need 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.

Donald Schmit at Backcountry.com on 01/17/2010

I bought one of these a few years ago to add to my collection of rappel devices for when I take people rappelling. The only complaint I have is that it gets hot pretty quick for aluminum. My really old KONG 8 hardly gets hot at all so I was a little disappointing in this 8, but over all it's a good little device.
If you are looking for a rappel device for canyoneering, stay away from 8's! They twist the rope and make it hard for the next person to rappel. I would recommend the Wild Country VC Pro II ATC for pretty much everything!

Jeff Guest at Backcountry.com on 06/11/2011

Excellent device

This is a time tested device and is the best at what is designed for. If you do any rappelling this is absolutely the device to have. It works easily with single 11+mm ropes and any size double rope. With a single rope the rappel can get a little speedy so I recommend gloves if you plan on that. If you are going to be doing double rope rappels with high diameter rope or a very long one with lots of rope weight you may want to get a rescue 8 as it has a bigger opening. Otherwise, this is the rappelling device to have.
Max1290 at REI on 08/08/2008

figure 8s are rad. that was your atc back in the day, and it still works great today. it makes fora super smooth rappel because there is less friction in the system than with an atc. there's also no variable friction like the teeth on an atc. on the flip side, that should mean less wear on your rope, though probably a nominal difference.
bottom line: it works as a belay device, but shines as a rappel device. if you rap a lot, you might look into it. it you're just cragging or multi-pitching, it'll mostly just add weight.

Chris Huntley at Backcountry.com on 09/25/2013

I had always seen the figure 8 rappel devices, but I never had a chance to use one. A few months ago I decided to purchase Black Diamonds Super 8 and test it out, and now I am sold on them. This device provides such a smooth rappelling experience, and also creates an amazing amount of friction. I was a little surprised at how quickly the aluminum heated up, but that is only a minor problem. Overall, this will be my go to device in the future.

Jon Klinginsmith at Backcountry.com on 04/24/2013
Great device! I don't even use my ATC Guide anymore. I normally always rig this in the canyoneering style which makes rappelling very speedy and extremely smooth. I even rig it this way for belaying, which makes some people nervous but after I show them how effective it is they are good to go, just make sure to wear gloves!!
Chris at OutdoorPlay.com on 03/13/2013

Perfect!

Great device! I dont even use my ATC Guide anymore. I normally always rig this in the canyoneering style which makes rappelling very speedy and extremely smooth. I even rig it this way for belaying, which makes some people nervous but after I show them how effective it is they are good to go, just make sure to wear gloves!!
Chris at REI on 05/05/2010

I still use a Black Diamond Super 8 from time to time. It’s a good tool in your tool box to have. You can get enough friction by adding extra biners or rigging, ie vertaco. To undue a twist use your cows tail with a binner in-between both strands. I do think this is a good device for canyoning.

Shaun at Backcountry.com on 07/08/2011

This is not my first choice belaying a climber and even less for when I'm leading but this is perfect for rapping. The reason for this is the fact that there is less friction causing it to not heat up as much as an ATC.

Danny M H at Backcountry.com on 10/13/2013

This is a great tool in a climber's quiver, read the instructions and know how to use it as there are multiple ways that it is used depending upon the application. It definately kinks and binds more than an ATC would.

Scott Anderson at Backcountry.com on 03/09/2010

Neutral Reviews:

I'm not a huge fan of this device. First of all, the non-round stock adds quite a bit of friction when rapelling, too much for me, at least when double line rapelling. I weigh 165, so it's not like I'm too lightweight, but the shape of the loops and the cross section of the loops just add too much friction for me to comfortably control my rappel. I don't use a figure 8 for belay when climbing, but I can see the added friction as an advantage if you did.
It does look good, and it's small and lightweight, which is nice, I just keep it on my harness just in case, and it's not hard to justify.

gilipollas at Backcountry.com on 07/24/2013

BD's website say's the strength is 15kN. I would look into an 8 from Omega Pacific or BlueWater. OP's 8 is 35kN with a weight of 105g. I can sacrifice an 18g difference for 20kN of strength.

Brandon Smith at Backcountry.com on 12/01/2009

Handles repelling well, especially when it comes to heavier loads. These do tend to add twists to your rope and I wouldn't suggest as a general belay device- Good backup to an ATC!

Cory Guru at Backcountry.com on 03/30/2010