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Asol

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A (#2453)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Asol from Brasovia in 2017.

The Asol is milled from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 145 mm. tall, 75 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 52 mm. high and 52 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 45 mm. and 27 mm., respectively. The eye measures 26 mm. by 26 mm. The ears are - mm. long. My Asol weighs 115 g.

The front is screened with the Asol logo, "QXA02S," "30KN" and "P I CC."

Comments

The Asol is an unusual variation of "midi"size figure eight with ears that more closely resembles some of the"micro size" figure eight with ears like the BlueWater Mini Rescue 8 and the SMC Personal Escape 8, except the Asol is much larger.

The Asol rope hole is shorter than normal, so this eight provides too much friction on stiff or muddy ropes. I'd rather choose a standard eight without ears for the eight-compatible situations that I normally encounter.


Version B (#2466)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Asol, Version B from Zhao Xiaodong in 2017.

Version B is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 169 mm. tall, 170 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 64 mm. high and 72 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 12 mm. The shaft length and width are 47 mm. and 40 mm., respectively. The auxiliary hole is 31.4 mm. high and 15.7 mm. wide. The eye measures 37 mm. by 41 mm. The ears are 35.2 mm. long. My Asol, Version B weighs 249 g.

The front is screened with the Asol logo and "40kN-14-02" followed by a book-with-an-"i" icon. The rear is screened with "Q.FIX-FFB8-001-PR."

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.