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Version A Terminal Rappel Eight Terminal Rappel Eight
Version A Terminal Rappel Eight starCompact Bent 8

Overview


Version A
(#1140, 1300)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Yi-tien Tuan in 2008, and a second one (sold as a BlueWater eight!) from from SteepWorld in 2011.

Version A is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 171 mm. tall, 171 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 63 mm. high and 72 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 13 mm. The shaft length and width are 48 mm. and 41 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 31.9 mm. high and 16.3 mm. wide. The eye measures 35 mm. by 40 mm. The ears are 35.9 mm. long. My Fusion weighs 260 g.

One side has the Fusion icon and "45KN" in forged characters.

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.

Steepworld not only sold me a Fusion eight as a BlueWater eight, but they sold it with BlueWater eight instructions. Caveat emptor:


Terminal Rappel Eight
(#1256)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Fusion Terminal Rappel 8 new on eBay from Claudia Zavala in 2010.

The Fusion Terminal Rappel 8 is forged from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 170 mm. tall, 170 mm. wide, and 16 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 48 mm. and  41 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 31.9 mm. high and 16.2 mm. wide. The eye measures 35 mm. by 40 mm. The ears are 36.3 mm. long. My Fusion Terminal Rappel 8 weighs 254 g.

The front is printed with "FUSION," "45kN," and "KURA 10A."

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.

The Fusion Terminal Rappel 8 performs much like the original Fusion eight. The hard anodizing should help it last longer


starCompact Bent 8
(#1410)

Front View Rear View Side View
Front View Rear View Side View

Technical Details

I acquired my Fusion Compact Bent 8 on eBay from Joyce Fabric in 2014.

The Compact Bent 8 is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 111 mm. tall, 79 mm. wide, and 11 mm. thick. The rope hole is 35 mm. high and 53 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 27 mm. and 25 mm., respectively. The eye measures 20 mm. by 25 mm. The ears are 12.1 mm. long. My Compact Bent 8 weighs 88 g.

The concave side of the eight is screened with the Good Makings logo, "GM," a strength (not rigging) icon, and "25kN." The concave side of the shaft has "kN25" in raised forged letters.

Comments

This was sold as a Fusion eight by an eBay Fusion dealer, but it is obviously a Good Makings eight. I listed it here since the markings are slightly different than those on the matching Good Makings Version B.

This is one of the following family of essentially identical "mini" size figure eight with ears:

Image Device     Image Device
Ace Ace   Fusion (Good Makings) Compact Bent 8 Fusion (Good Makings) Compact Bent 8
AMP Outdoor 8 AMP Outdoor 8   Good Makings, Version B Good Makings, Version B
Climb X Mini Rescue 8 With Ears Climb X Mini Rescue 8 With Ears   Mad Rock Small Rescue 8 Mad Rock Small Rescue 8
Faders Ballet Faders Ballet   Proverti CD 302

These are small eights, and lighter than most figure eights with ears. If these were flat, they would create more friction than most. The bend allows them to be rigged two ways with differing amounts of friction. Even so, the rope hole is shorter than normal, so these eights may provide too much friction on stiff or muddy ropes.

Other small eights have similar bends. Examples are the Chouinard Version B, Faders, Frendo Version B, Kabelwerk Oberspree (perhaps the original design motivating for all of these - and yet not intended to be an eight at all!), and the Trango Penta, but this eight and its equivalents also have ears. Better yet, the ears are placed low where they can function effectively without increasing the size of the eight. For eared eights, I like this design enough to give each example a star.