I have had the opportunity to use the Fusion KURA…
Price Paid: $27.95 plus tax
I have had the opportunity to use the Fusion KURA Rescue 8 while conducting a climbing and rappelling program for my Boy Scout troop.
The belay device worked flawlessly: First; the shipping department got this to me incredibly fast! It was amazing and the friendliness of the guys at Fusion was great.
Right out of the package it was immediately the envy of all the climbing crew. Bright red finish and smooth surfaces all around; This piece of gear was manufactured and finished with a very high level of quality and detail. All the participants wanted to use this rescue-8 because it looked more substantial and beefier than the other standard eights we used.
This device easily handled 11mm PMI static rope with ease and still had room (both single line and double line as a fireman's belay.) Again, the smooth surfaces were a dream and they treated the ropes very gently. I even used it as an unconventional belay device (a la sticht plate style) and the inner diameter of the slot worked perfectly. I also love the elongated ears.
We definitely put Fusion's rescue-8 through its paces and it took all we gave it and didn't even overheat. In fact, if there is one thing (and only one thing) that I have issue with is the red finish itself: It does not appear to be anodized and wears quickly. I seem to recall reading that their finishes are eco-friendly? if this is the case I can accept that and the finish in no way hampered the function of the device. Besides on the friction surfaces of any eight, this area shows finish wear quickly.
Overall, this product performs as well, or better than any other rescue-8 on the market (lookout CMI.) And, for the price the Fusion Rescue-8 is impossible to beat. I am happy and proud to have this piece of gear on my rack and I look forward to a lifetime of service from this rescue-8.
As a testament to this I am going to order another six!
Felix C. Trujillo II
BSA Climbing Director, Sam Houston Area Council
Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 1377