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Imlay Canyon Gear CRITR3 descender


A popular horned Figure 8 canyoning descender, the CRITR3 provides a broad range of friction settings that can be easily added to while abseiling, allowing it to finely adjust to a diverse range of body weights and rope types.

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The CRITR3 is the latest version of this popular canyoning-specific abseiling descender. The key update is that the edges are slightly more curved than the previous model, ensuring the rope runs smoothly across the surface from the first use. This has also resulted in the weight being reduced slightly.

This device offers a broad range of friction settings that can be easily added to while abseiling. The design makes it ideal for use with single rope techniques or when using thinner canyoning ropes, while the extensive range of friction settings makes it is suitable for any canyoner, regardless of weight.

It is extremely easy to lock off securely when needed and also easy to release when resuming the abseil. This makes it ideal for use as a releasable contingency system.

A single gigi slot allows the device to be used as an auto-locking belay or as part of an ascending setup.

Being a symmetrical device, it not only allows drops to be abseiled left or right handed without unclipping from your harness, it will also last twice as long if you flip it after each trip to evenly spread wear to both sides.

The descender has been designed to minimises rope twist.

Key advantages:

  • a range of friction settings which can be easily added to while abseiling
  • symmetrical design makes it last twice as long
  • design prevents carabiner cross-loading or accidental loss of device
  • gigi slot for belaying or ascending
  • Suitable for single or double ropes from 8 to 10 millimetres in diameter

Product information:

  • Weight: 123 grams
  • Material: anodised 7075-T6 aluminium
  • Dimensions: 138mm long, 99mm wide
  • Made in: Taiwan (from Australian aluminium)

Instructions: CRITR rigging instructions, CRITR user manual