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Heat-resistant Friction Hitch Cord & Spliced Prusiks

Heat-resistant prusik cords for tying your favorite friction hitch. The advanced fibers in these cords stand up better to the heat generated during descents. WesSpur offers finished prusiks spliced by the professionals at Iron Street Rope Splicing. We also sell bulk cord, for you to tie your own.

Bail Out 8mm (5/16”) Sewn Prusik

Bail Out 8mm (5/16”) Sewn Prusik

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Samson's Bail Out cord was developed to be the ultimate in heat-resistant cords. The 100% Technora fiber is heat-resistant to 900 degrees and highly durable. Bail Out will provide long service and work well on any 7/16” rope.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 4,200 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 100% Technora
Bail Out 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Bail Out 8mm (5/16”) Bulk Prusik Cord

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Samson's Bail Out cord was developed to be the ultimate in heat-resistant cords. The 100% Technora fiber is heat-resistant to 900 degrees and highly durable. Bail Out will provide long service and work well on any 7/16” rope.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 4,200 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 100% Technora
Bail Out 9mm  Sewn Prusik

Bail Out XL 9mm Sewn Prusik

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The ultimate in heat-resistant prusik cord is now available in a larger size, perfect for any modern climbing line! The 100% Technora fiber is heat-resistant to 900 degrees and highly durable. Bail Out XL will provide long service and work well on any 7/16” - 1/2”rope.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,300 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 100% Technora
Bail Out 9mm  Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Bail Out 9mm Bulk Prusik Cord

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The ultimate in heat-resistant prusik cord is now available in a larger size, perfect for any modern climbing line! The 100% Technora fiber is heat-resistant to 900 degrees and highly durable. Bail Out XL will provide long service and work well on any 7/16” - 1/2”rope.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,300 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 100% Technora
Flex 8mm  Sewn Prusik

Flex 8mm Sewn Prusik

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Sterling listened to requests from professional climbers to build a durable hitch cord that is easy to work with in all kinds of weather. The Flex core is made of ultra strong and water-resistant polyester fibers surrounded by a blended Technora/polyester sheath that provides solid abrasion resistance with enough bite to hitch firmly onto ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,418 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/polyester sheath with polyester core
Flex 8mm  Prusik Cord by Sterling Ropes

Flex 8mm Bulk Prusik Cord

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Sterling listened to requests from professional climbers to build a durable hitch cord that is easy to work with in all kinds of weather. The Flex core is made of ultra strong and water-resistant polyester fibers surrounded by a blended Technora/polyester sheath that provides solid abrasion resistance with enough bite to hitch firmly onto ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,418 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/polyester sheath with polyester core
Flex 10mm  Sewn Prusik

Flex 10mm Sewn Prusik

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Sterling listened to requests from professional climbers to build a durable hitch cord that is easy to work with in all kinds of weather. The Flex core is made of ultra strong and water-resistant polyester fibers surrounded by a blended Technora/polyester sheath that provides solid abrasion resistance with enough bite to hitch firmly onto ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,767 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/polyester sheath with polyester core
Flex 10mm  Prusik Cord by Sterling Ropes

Flex 10mm Bulk Prusik Cord

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Sterling listened to requests from professional climbers to build a durable hitch cord that is easy to work with in all kinds of weather. The Flex core is made of ultra strong and water-resistant polyester fibers surrounded by a blended Technora/polyester sheath that provides solid abrasion resistance with enough bite to hitch firmly onto ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,767 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/polyester sheath with polyester core
RIT 9mm  Sewn Prusik

RIT 9mm Sewn Prusik

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Sterling's popular RIT cord is available in a mid-sized 9mm. This unique size works well on a wide range of ropes, from 11mm to 13mm. RIT cord is heat-resistant and has a round body that holds its shape well.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 6,970 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Aramid sheath with polyester core
RIT 9mm  Prusik Cord by Sterling Ropes

RIT 9mm Bulk Prusik Cord

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Sterling's popular RIT cord is available in a mid-sized 9mm. This unique size works well on a wide range of ropes, from 11mm to 13mm. RIT cord is heat-resistant and has a round body that holds its shape well.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 6,970 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Aramid sheath with polyester core
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RIT 8mm (5/16") Hand-Spliced Prusik

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Sterling's 5/16” RIT ("Right in Trees") hitch cord is heat-resistant and high-performance.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,485 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Aramid sheath with polyester core

RIT Cord 5/16” (8mm)

16” Bound Loop Prusik
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16” Bound Loop w/Ring
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16” Thimble Prusik
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Bulk Cord (by the foot)
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Sterling's 5/16” RIT ("Right in Trees") hitch cord is heat-resistant and high-performance. The 30” Sewn Prusik provides consistent and even friction on a wide range of climbing lines and meets ANSI standards. The adjustable 16” Bound Loop Prusik has an innovative alternative to bulkier knots and is great for rigging, climbing, and lanyard adjustment. The 16” Bound Loop Prusik w/Ring includes a 1 5/8” diameter (1 1/16” inside diameter) aluminum ring to give greater options for rigging, climbing, and lanyard adjustment. The 16” Thimble Prusik has a thimble spliced into the eye.

This short video shows the adjustment of RIT bound loop prusiks.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,485 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Aramid sheath with polyester core
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Bee Line 8mm (5/16") Hand-Spliced Prusik

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Bee Line from Yale Cordage is one of our most popular prusik cords and provides excellent performance on a wide range of ropes. Bee Line in this diameter is best-suited for use on 7/16” (11mm) climbing lines.

Please note that the hand-spliced eyes on Bee Line and HRC will be stiff initially. This is normal. These type of eyes may offer resistance the first few times you put a carabiner in.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,000 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core
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Bee Line 8mm (5/16") Sewn Prusik

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Bee Line from Yale Cordage is one of our most popular prusik cords and provides excellent performance on a wide range of ropes. Bee Line in this diameter is best-suited for use on 7/16” (11mm) climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,000 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core
picture of Bee Line 8mm (5/16) Bulk Prusik Cord

Bee Line 8mm (5/16") Bulk Prusik Cord

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  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,000 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core
Bee Line 10mm (3/8”) Hand

Bee Line 10mm (3/8") Hand-Spliced Prusik

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For years, the larger diameter of Bee Line had a different construction than the 8mm. Now both 8mm and 10mm Bee Line share the same strong, heat-resistant construction of the Technora/Poly jacket over the high-strength Vectran core. In the larger 3/8” (10mm) diameter, Bee Line works great on a wide range of 1/2” arborist climbing ropes.

Hand-spliced eyes will be very tight on this cord. This is by design.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 11,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core
Bee Line 10mm (3/8”) Sewn

Bee Line 10mm (3/8") Sewn Prusik

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For years, the larger diameter of Bee Line had a different construction than the 8mm. Now both 8mm and 10mm Bee Line share the same strong, heat-resistant construction of the Technora/Poly jacket over the high-strength Vectran core. In the larger 3/8” (10mm) diameter, Bee Line works great on a wide range of 1/2” arborist climbing ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 11,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core
Bee Line 10mm (3/8”)

Bee Line 10mm (3/8”) by the foot

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  • Cord Tensile Strength: 11,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core
8mm Prusik Cord Sample Packs

Epicord 8mm (5/16") Prusik

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epiCORD is now available in a small, 8mm size perfect for use on 11mm climbing ropes. epiCORD has a tight cover of polyester and Technora which gives it the necessary heat resistance but is flexible enough to let you tie hitches easily. The core of epiCORD is a blend of Technora and dyneema braided in a special balance that allows your hitch to release when you need it to. At 8mm, this cord will work well on 11mm (7/16") climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,400 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester Jacket, Technora/Dyneema core
epiCORD 8mm (3/8”)

epiCORD 8mm (5/16”) by the foot

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  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,400 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester Jacket, Technora/Dyneema core
epiCORD 9.3mm (5/16”)

epiCORD 9.3mm

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epiCORD is the latest hitchcord in the TEUFELBERGER range. epiCORD has a tight cover of polyester and Technora which gives it the necessary heat resistance but is flexible enough to let you tie hitches easily. The core of epiCORD is a blend of Technora and dyneema braided in a special balance that allows your hitch to release when you need it to. At 9.3mm, this cord will work well on most climbing lines, from 11mm to 13mm.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,700 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester Jacket, Technora/Dyneema core
epiCORD 10mm (3/8”)

epiCORD 10mm (3/8”)

Viking (sewn) Sewn Prusik

CLI301
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

epiCORD is now available in a bigger, 10mm size perfect for use on 1/2" climbing ropes. epiCORD has a tight cover of polyester and Technora which gives it the necessary heat resistance but is flexible enough to let you tie hitches easily. The core of epiCORD is a blend of Technora and dyneema braided in a special balance that allows your hitch to release when you need it to. At 10mm, this cord will work well on most full-sized climbing lines, from 12mm to 13mm.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 9,180 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester Jacket, Technora/Dyneema core
8mm Prusik

Ocean Poly 8mm (5/16") Prusik

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Ocean hitch cord is a popular heat-resistant, high-performance hitch cord created by Teufelberger (makers of the treeMOTION harness). The Kevlar fibers in ocean provide heat and wear-resistance. This cord maintains a good grip and round body, and works best on 7/16” lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 4,950 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 50% Kevlar/50% Polyester Jacket, Polyester core
picture of Ocean Poly 8mm (5/16”) Bulk Cord

Ocean Poly 8mm (5/16”) Bulk Cord

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Ocean hitch cord is a popular heat-resistant, high-performance hitch cord created by Teufelberger (makers of the treeMOTION harness). The Kevlar fibers in ocean provide heat and wear-resistance. This cord maintains a good grip and round body, and works best on 7/16” lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 4,950 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 50% Kevlar/50% Polyester Jacket, Polyester core
8mm Prusik

Ocean Poly 10mm (3/8") Prusik

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Kevlar fibers in the jacket provide increased durability and heat-resistance in Ocean cord. This larger diameter will work best on 1/2” climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,425 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 50% Kevlar/50% Polyester Jacket, Polyester core
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Ocean Poly 10mm (3/8") Bulk Cord

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Kevlar fibers in the jacket provide increased durability and heat-resistance in Ocean cord. 10mm diameter will work best on 1/2” climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,425 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 50% Kevlar/50% Polyester Jacket, Polyester core
8mm Prusik

Armor-Prus 8mm (5/16") Prusik

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Armor-prus blends Spectra and Kevlar fibers in the core for excellent strength, and protects those fibers with a jacket containing Technora fibers (heat-resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Armor-prus in this size will work best on 7/16” climb lines, and grips well on a variety of ropes thanks to its fuzzy texture.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 6,160 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester cover, Spectra/Kevlar core
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Armor-Prus 8mm (5/16”) Bulk Cord

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Armor-prus blends Spectra and Kevlar fibers in the core for excellent strength, and protects those fibers with a jacket containing Technora fibers (heat-resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Armor-prus in this size will work best on 7/16” climb lines, and grips well on a variety of ropes thanks to its fuzzy texture.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 6,160 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester cover, Spectra/Kevlar core
10mm Prusik

Armor-Prus 10mm (5/16") Prusik

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Armor-prus blends Spectra and Kevlar fibers in the core for excellent strength, and protects those fibers with a jacket containing Technora fibers (heat-resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Armor-prus in this size will work best on 1/2” climb lines, and grips well on a variety of ropes thanks to its fuzzy texture.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 9,460 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester cover, Spectra/Kevlar core
picture of Armor-Prus 10mm (5/16”) Bulk Cord

Armor-Prus 10mm (5/16”) Bulk Cord

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Armor-prus blends Spectra and Kevlar fibers in the core for excellent strength, and protects those fibers with a jacket containing Technora fibers (heat-resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Armor-prus in this size will work best on 1/2” climb lines, and grips well on a variety of ropes thanks to its fuzzy texture.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 9,460 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester cover, Spectra/Kevlar core
8mm Prusik

Ice Tail 8mm (5/16") Prusik

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Ice Tail from Samson is a soft, easy-to-splice 12-strand cord that has great hand, provides excellent grip, and is heat-resistant thanks to the Technora fibers in its construction. At 5/16”, this cord will work best on 7/16” ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 80% Technora/20% Polyester 120
8mm Prusik

Ice Tail 8mm (5/16") Hand-Spliced Prusik

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Ice Tail from Samson is a soft, easy-to-splice 12-strand cord that has great hand, provides excellent grip, and is heat-resistant thanks to the Technora fibers in its construction. At 5/16”, this cord will work best on 7/16” ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 80% Technora/20% Polyester 120
picture of Ice Tail 8mm (5/16) Bulk Cord

Ice Tail 8mm (5/16") Bulk Cord

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Ice Tail from Samson is a soft, easy-to-splice 12-strand cord that has great hand, provides excellent grip, and is heat-resistant thanks to the Technora fibers in its construction. At 5/16”, this cord will work best on 7/16” ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 80% Technora/20% Polyester 120
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HRC 8mm (5/16”) Hand-Spliced Prusik

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HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) from Teufelberger Ropes is a highly heat-resistant prusik with a “fuzzy” texture that helps it grab and is friendly to handle. Durable, low-stretch, and long-lasting hitch cord. HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) in this diameter is best-suited for use on 7/16” (11mm) climbing lines.

Please note that the hand-spliced eyes on Bee Line and HRC will be stiff initially. This is normal. These type of eyes may offer resistance the first few times you put a carabiner in.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,250 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora / spun Nomex cover, Vectran core
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HRC 8mm (5/16”) Sewn Prusik

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HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) from Teufelberger Ropes is a highly heat-resistant prusik with a “fuzzy” texture that helps it grab and is friendly to handle. Durable, low-stretch, and long-lasting hitch cord. HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) in this diameter is best-suited for use on 7/16” (11mm) climbing lines.

Please note that the Sewn eyes on Bee Line and HRC will be stiff initially. This is normal. These type of eyes may offer resistance the first few times you put a carabiner in.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,250 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora / spun Nomex cover, Vectran core
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HRC 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord

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  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,250 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora / spun Nomex cover, Vectran core
Eye-and-Eye Prusik Multipack

Eye-and-Eye Prusik Multipack

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With all of the excellent prusik cords available, it can be daunting to find the right one for you. We've put together this eye and eye prusik multipack to let you get a great selection of hitch cords and a nice discount.

Please note that the hand-spliced eyes on Bee Line and HRC will be stiff initially. This is normal. These type of eyes may offer resistance the first few times you put a carabiner in.

Multipack contains the following prusiks:

  • 9mm Rit Sewn Prusik x 2
  • 8mm Ocean Sewn Prusik
  • 10mm Ocean Sewn Prusik
  • 8mm RIT Sewn Prusik
  • 8mm HRC Sewn Prusik
  • 8mm Bail Out Sewn Machard Loop

Check out our other hitch cord sample packs.

Hitch Cord Tester Pack

Hitch Cord Tester Pack

5' Tester Pack (for Eye & Eye Prusiks)
KIT110
8' Tester Pack (for Loop Prusiks)
KIT110‑2

There are a many excellent arborist hitch cords to try in your tree climbing system. We've put together this package which contains several of the most popular hitch cords and a small discount to help make trying out several cords easier.

Each cord in the "Eye & Eye" tester is 5' long - enough to tie an eye and eye prusik, but too short for a loop prusik.

Each cord in the "Prusik Loop" tester is 8' long - enough to a loop prusik or trim to tie an Eye & Eye hitch.

Cords are supplied as pre-cut bulk cord, without eyes.

    Cords included:
  • RIT 9mm
  • Ocean Polyester 8mm
  • Ocean Polyester 10mm
  • Bee Line 8mmm
  • HRC 8mm
Ice Tail Footlock Prusik

Ice Tail Footlock Prusik

38” Footlock Prusik
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40” Footlock Prusik
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42” Footlock Prusik
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Footlock prusiks made from heat-resistant, reinforced Samson Ice Tail in 3 lengths so you can get the right size for your stride. The measurements given are the length of the prusik from the throat of the big eye to the end.

Machard Loop - 5/16” Bail Out

Machard Loop - 5/16” Bail Out

5/16” x 30” Loop
CLI363

This sewn loop prusik made from Samson's tough Bail Out cordage (see above) provides ample length to tie a proper Machard or Klemheist loop.

Split Tail

Friction Hitch Kits

Kit with 8mm (5/16") Prusik
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Kit with 10mm (3/8") Prusik
kit18‑2
Kit with 9mm Prusik
kit18‑3

Contains everything needed to add climbing on the French Prusik to your arsenal of techniques.
Contains: Professionally spliced Bee-Line Prusik, CR Micro Pulley (PUL124), 2 Rock Exotica RockO double-locking carabiners.

Hitch Climber Sets

Set 1: 7/16" Rope
PUL120‑K1
Set 2: 1/2" Rope
PUL120‑K2
Set 3: 7/16" or 1/2" Rope
PUL120‑K3

The Hitch Climber is the single most popular pulley for organizing a hitch system, thanks to the 3 holes which streamline the system, and open up additional tie-in options for advanced uses. Grab a Hitch Climber set and get the pulley, oval carabiners, and hitch cord all in one go.

Match up the prusik diameter with your climbing line: 5/16" prusiks will work with 7/16" ropes, 3/8" for 1/2", and 9mm prusiks will work with either.

  • Set 1 contains Hitch Climber, 2 DMM Oval biners, and 5/16" Ocean prusik.
  • Set 2 contains Hitch Climber, 2 DMM Oval biners, and 3/8" Ocean prusik.
  • Set 3 contains Hitch Climber, 2 RockO oval biners, and 9mm Bail Out XL prusik.
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