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The Akimbo is a versatile mid-line attachable friction device that allows climbers to ascend and descend a stationary or moving rope system without changing equipment, and without detaching from your saddle. Adjustable settings allow for optimal performance with a range of climber weights and rope diameters.


Part Number: RG80
Rope Sizes*: 11.5mm - 13mm
WLL (Working Load Limit)*: 100kg or 130kg (220lb or 286lb)
Weight: 9.2oz (261gm)
Certification: CE

*Rope selection will determine working load limit of the Akimbo.
*Only use ropes approved by Rock Exotica. See list of approved ropes below, or consult the Akimbo user instructions.

Approved Ropes (.pdf)
User Manual (.pdf)
EU Declaration of Conformity (.pdf)

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including nickel acetate which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For information go to: www.p65warnings.ca.gov

Product Overview


The Akimbo is a unique arborist climbing tool that enables the climber to ascend, descend and position on both stationary rope and moving rope systems. The Akimbo features rope contact surfaces (Upper and Lower Bollards) that adjust to accommodate a wide range of rope sizes to suit the climber's needs or preferences—all without tools or disassembling components. The Bollards can also be adjusted to increase or decrease friction to accommodate changes in climber weight, changes in environment, or adjust for natural wear of the Akimbo's contact surfaces.

The Akimbo opens easily to remove or install a rope mid-line in seconds, and compresses back down into a compact form factor both on and off the rope. When climbing on stationary rope, the chest harness connection point facilitates quick connections by way of an innovative wire gate. As opposed to a closed loop attachment, the wire gate conveniently allows the climber to use a small non-PPE carabiner to connect to the SRS attachment point, or directly to a loop of cord.


The following ropes are approved for use with the Akimbo at the Working Load Limit (WLL) shown below. Only approved ropes should be used with the Akimbo. Working Load is equal to the total weight of the climber including gear. Total Working Load of the climber must not exceed the Working Load Limit (WLL) for the rope listed below or slippage may occur!

Suitability of approved ropes can be affected by environmental factors, condition of rope, and condition of Akimbo. Follow steps in the Akimbo User Instructions to test rope and verify friction settings before climbing. Check often for updates to the list of approved ropes.

WLL: 100kg (220lb)

Do Not Exceed this weight on the ropes listed below!

Courant Squir 11.5
Liros Safe Plus 11.5
Marlow Venom 11.8
Samson Voyager Cool 11.8
Teufelberger XStatic 11.7
Yale Poison Ivy / Blue Moon 11.7

WLL: 130kg (286lb)

Do Not Exceed this weight on the ropes listed below!

All Gear Cherry Bomb II 11.8

Courant Kalimbo 11.8
Cousin Atrax 11.6
Cousin Lignum 12.5
Drayer Tango StatX 11.5
Edelrid Direction Up 13
English Braids Silvatex 16 12.4
FTC Nigma 12
FTC Acid 12.1
Liros Safe Vision 12.8
Liros Safe Plus 11.5
Notch Banshee 11.7
Notch Sasquatch 13
Samson ArborMaster 12
Samson Vortex 12.7

Samson V-16 12.8
Samson V-24 12
Samson V-24 13
Sterling Element 12.8
Sterling HTP 12.5
Sterling Scion 12.5
Sterling WorkPro 12.5
Teufelberger Fly 11.1
Teufelberger Drenaline 11.8
Teufelberger Tachyon 11.5
Yale Scandere 11.7

    • Opens easily to install/remove rope mid-line, without detaching from harness.

    • Accepts wide range of rope sizes (See list of approved ropes).

    • Friction adjusts easily without tools.

    • Suitable for both SRS and MRS climbing methods.

    • SRS chest attachment wire gate provides quick connect/disconnect for cord or small carabiner.

    • Ascend, descend and position in the canopy without changing equipment.

  • Lightweight and compact.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
User review

There are a few bad things: the locking latches open during use; the slide bearing is sometimes stiff. It would be cool to correct these shortcomings.

Five stars not enough

As of this writing I have been using this device exclusively for four months of heavy climbing and I can honestly say this has to be the best stand alone multi-scender ever produced. There are other very good devices on the market to be sure, but the Akimbo has the best combination of compactness, ease of use, adjustability and versatility of any mechanical rope tool out there. I can imagine a future when tree climbers would wonder why anyone would use anything else - an Akimbo revolution!

Smooth operation both srs and mrs

It runs smooth like butter.

Massive upgrade from climbing with prussiks that bind when it gets a little wet. The akimbo runs up the rope as if it was just a carabiner, but locks off immediately when you sit down, and descent is smooth and easy every time.

Attaching it midline is easy and fast. And I find myself taking it off the rope rather than unclipped it from my harness when switching around branches or similar because it's that easy.

It runs both static rope system and moving rope system without any issues and only minor adjustment needed for the friction.

Would recommend. 5/5.

Customer Review