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New Alp Ring

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A
(#1138)

Front

Technical Details

Olivier Peron Caillet sent me this New Alp Ring in 2008.

The New Alp Ring is an anodized aluminum torus with a D-shaped cross section, with the flat surface on the outer diameter. The Ring has a 55 mm. o.d., 40 mm. i.d., and is 10 mm. thick. Mine weighs 27 g.

There are no markings on the ring.

Comments

According to the instructions, the Ring is used to allow rappelling on doubled 8.5 mm. ropes with a Figure Eight. The instructions say to clip into the rope hole (the large hole) on your eight, and then pull a double bight through the eight's eye and then through the ring, and secure it with a single locking carabiner.

This sounds nice but there is a problem: what brand figure eight does this work with? Out of the 137 different eights that I had at the time I wrote this, only four had an eye that was over 35 mm. tall, and of these, only the Faders Classic had an eye with a suitable shape. The Ring's instructions did not show an eared eight, but there are a few of these that might work with the ring. Out of the 83 eared eights that I had available on the day that I tested this, only the Fusion and the Kong Big "8s" seemed to match the Ring's size - and these eights are large enough to allow double-wrap rappels. So unless New Alp made a matching figure eight that I don't know about, I don't really see why one needs the New Alp Ring.


Version B
(#2427)

Front Side
Front Side

Technical Details

I acquired my New Alp Ring, Version B in 2017 as part of Bob Thrun's collection.

Version B is an anodized aluminum torus with a D-shaped cross section, with the flat surface on the outer diameter. The Ring has a 44 mm. o.d., 32 mm. i.d., and is 11 mm. thick. Mine weighs 20 g.

There are no markings on the ring.

Comments

Version B is smaller than Version A, and there are quite a few eights that this version might work with. For example, it fits the CMI quite well.