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Small Oka 805.08.B
Small Oka 805.08.B

Overview


Big "8" 805.04
(#561)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Inner Mountain Outfitters in 2000.

The Kong Big "8" (805.04) is forged from alloy steel and then chrome plated. Mine is 171 mm. tall, 170 mm. wide, and 17 mm. thick. The rope hole is 63 mm. high and 72 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 14 mm. The shaft length and width are 49 mm. and 40 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 31.4 mm. high and 15.8 mm. wide. The eye measures 35 mm. by 40 mm. The ears are 35.7 long. My Kong Big "8" (805.04) weighs 787 g.

One side of the 805.04 has "ITALY" in raised forged letters.

Comments

The Kong Big "8" (805.04) is a typical forged steel rescue eight. All three of the Kong Big "8" eights are the same size and shape; only the material differs. The 805.04 is far to heavy for normal use.


Big "8" 805.05
(#562)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Inner Mountain Outfitters in 2000.

The Kong Big "8" (805.05) is forged from stainless steel. Mine is 171 mm. tall, 170 mm. wide, and 17 mm. thick. The rope hole is 63 mm. high and 72 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 14 mm. The shaft length and width are 49 mm. and 40 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 31.4 mm. high and 15.8 mm. wide. The eye measures 35 mm. by 40 mm. The ears are 36 mm. long. My Kong Big "8" (805.05) weighs 822 g.

One side of the 805.05 has "ITALY" in raised forged letters.

Comments

The Kong Big "8" (805.05) is another typical forged steel rescue eight. The 805.05 is made of stainless steel. The easiest way to tell the 805.05 and 8045.04 apart is to use a magnet. The 805.04 is even heavier than the 805.04, which is not an advantage. Although well-made, I can't see actually carrying one of these. The weight is absurd for an eight, but still not enough to make a reliable canoe anchor.


Big "8" 805.06
(#563)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Inner Mountain Outfitters in 2000.

The Kong Big "8" (805.06) is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 171 mm. tall, 170 mm. wide, and 17 mm. thick. The rope hole is 63 mm. high and 71 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 13 mm. The shaft length and width are 49 mm. and 40 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 31.4 mm. high and 15.4 mm. wide. The eye measures 35 mm. by 39 mm. The ears are 36.1 mm. long. My Kong Big "8" (805.06) weighs 265 g.

The front is printed with an icon showing the strength test rigging and "kN 40," the Kong logo, "Italy," and "1999004423." The rear has "ITALY" in raised forged letters.

Comments

This is one of the following family of essentially identical forged aluminum rescue eights with ears:

Image Device     Image Device
Asol, Version B Asol, Version B   Fusion Terminal Rappel 8 Fusion Terminal Rappel 8  
Climb Right Climb Right, Version A   Good Makings, Version A Good Makings, Version A
Climb X Rescue 8 With Ears Climb X Rescue 8 With Ears   Kong Big "8"(805.06) Kong Big "8" (805.06)
Epic Peak Epic Peak   Mad Rock Rescue 8 Mad Rock Rescue 8
Fusion Fusion      

The Climbing Technology Ltd. eight is similar, but the ears are shaped differently. The Climb Right, Version B has a similar design, but it is a milled eight and is significantly smaller. There are several Kong steel eights that also have similar designs, some about the same size as the Kong Big "8" (805.06) in the table, some smaller.

On all of the ones in the table, the eye and ears are larger than they need to be. The belay slot is a reasonable size for a Sticht slot, and insetting part of the slot into the useless portion of the upper rope hole reduces the length of the eight. Still, like all rescue eights, these are too large and heavy for an eight - there are much better devices that are smaller and lighter than these eights but work just as well, if not better.


Small
(#1022)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Barry Duncan in 2006.

The Kong is forged from 304 stainless steel. Mine is 140 mm tall, 129 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 49 mm. high and 49 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 13 mm. The shaft length and width are 46 mm. and 26 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 27.2 mm. high and 10 mm wide. The eye measures 25 mm. by 25 mm. The ears are 29.3 mm. long. My Kong eight weighs 446 g.

The front side of the Kong eight is marked with "INOX AISI 304," an icon showing a rigged eight with triangles above and below indicating tension and "KN 40," and the Kong logo.

Comments

The Kong is a "Mini" Size Figure Eights with Ears, but it looks more like a small "rescue eight" with the ears sticking out to the side. Why make did Kong make this eight out of stainless steel? It will wear well, but it is too heavy for me to consider carrying it. Also, from a heat dissipation perspective, stainless steel is decidedly inferior to aluminum.

The slot in the shaft is 10.5 mm. wide and 27.5 mm long. This is too narrow for belaying with 11 mm. ropes, and I can't imagine anyone carrying the weight of this eight and climbing on single 9 mm. rope at the same time. At least this eight is smaller than the Kong Big "8s" and much lighter than the steel versions of the Big "8s."


Oka 805.08.B
(#1411)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Kong Oka (805.08.B) on eBay from Kong USA in 2014.

The Oka is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 137 mm. tall, 94 mm. wide, and 11 mm. thick. The rope hole is 52 mm. high and 55 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 38 mm. and 17 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 42.5 mm. high and 16.5 mm. wide. The eye measures 21 mm. by 21 mm but has a rubber insert that reduces its size to 9.4 mm. wide and 10.9 mm. high. The ears are 22.7 and 25.3 mm. long and the bottom spur extends about 29 mm. beyond the side of the shaft. My Kong Oka (805.08.B) weighs 101 g.

One side is screened with the Kong logo, "ITALY," "OKA," and "805080." The other side is screened with a rigging icon, "①," "Ø 8.9÷12.7," two overlapping circles, "Ø 7.8÷12.7," a book-with-an-"i" icon, "EN15151-2.12 TYPE 4," and"142749 14 0421."

Comments

The Kong Oka is an unusual T-side eight. The unusual shape of the rope hole allows for a taller hole without increasing the height of the eight for the top T-horn. The slot between the T-horns is suifable for belaying. I don't like the lower spur - it does not appear to serve an essential purpose, but it does tend to poke me in the stomach. The eye is too narrow to accept two full size locking carabiners, and with the rubber insert, there are many normal carabiners and maillons that will not fit. Although the insert keeps the Oka from flopping around on the carabiner/maillon, I don't need this feature. Plan on dedicating a carabiner if you want to use this eight; otherwise, expect a lot of hassle. I wish folks would give up on the o-ring eye idea.