As some might have gathered from my query about the Petzl Pirana, I've been looking at devices for rappelling. Until I discovered how crap it was for belaying in a rock gym, I've been using a Faders device on snow with no major dramas. I tried a climbing partner's Wild Country Variable Controller (belonged to Bill from Japan... you out there Bill!?) and it was much smoother in the gym than my Faders one.
Anyway... so now I have the VC... I'm just wondering, before I try it, what's it like as a rap. device? Also, does anybody out there doing mountaineering ever use a figure 8? I hear they are really easy to control but I've never seen anybody carry one where I've been and I don't own one. I assume most people figure they're too heavy? Maybe they're still used for canyoning?
Anybody like to fill me in here?
(who is still new at all this but has had several fun sub-zero climbs and is SO hooked)