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CRITR

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A
(#1457)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my CRITR from Brett Sapowith in 2015.

The CRITR is milled from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 124 mm. tall, 99 mm. wide, and 11 mm. thick. The rope hole is 38 mm. high and 46 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 51 mm. and 30 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 35.8 mm. high and 12.8 mm. wide. The eye measures 13 mm. by 13 mm. and is lined with an o-ring that fits into a milled slot. The ears are 38.4 and 30.5 mm. long, respectively. My CRITR weighs 132 g.

One side of the CRITR is printed with "canyonwerks.com," "Flip Each Use" between curved arrows, "CRITR," "Pat. Pend.," "0314A001," a book-with-an-"i" icon, and "USA."

Comments

The CRITR is a canyoneering descender and it falls into my miscellaneous figure eights with ears category. I must say, it seems like the canyoneering folks are the ones inventing most of the interesting new devices lately (i.e., 2015-2016).

The rope hole is shorter than normal, so it may provide too much friction on stiff or muddy ropes.

The eye is too narrow to accept two full size locking carabiners, and with the o-ring, it is difficult to get a standard carabiner to fit. 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.

The CRITR directions show three acceptable methods of rigging the CRITR. Surprisingly, they warn against rigging the CRITR like a figure eight. I don't understand why they consider it so dangerous. Maybe they are worried about dropping the descender (just don't do that). Many cavers and climbers would find the eight rigging quite natural, although with such a short rope hole, the friction may be excessive (but nowhere near as much as there could be when wrapping multiple ears - the directions show one arrangement with two wraps around the ears that triples the friction!). It depends on the rope and caver weight.


Version B
(#1480)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my CRITR2 from Imlay Canyon Gear in 2016.

The CRITR2 is milled from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 138 mm. tall, 100 mm. wide, and 11 mm. thick. The rope hole is 45 mm. high and 46 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 51 mm. and 30 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 35.8 mm. high and 12.8 mm. wide. The eye measures 13 mm. by 13 mm. The ears are 39 and 32.1 mm. long. My CRITR2 weighs 130 g.

One side of the CRITR2 is printed with "canyonwerks.com," "Flip Each Use" between curved arrows, "CRITR2," "Pat. Pend.," "1607B004," a book-with-an-"i" icon, and "USA."

Comments

The CRITR2 has a taller rope hole so it should provide a bit less friction than the original CRITR, especially on stiff ropes. For this reason, I prefer it to the original CRITR.

My CRITR2 is actually lighter than my CRITR, even though the CRITR2 is larger. I attribute this to the CRITR2 being slightly thinner due to normal variations in the thickness of the raw material.