I want to give Petzl a shout out for some great product. I’ve used 2 descender the Huit and Pirana; both excellent, but the Pirana is my favorite. If you’ve never used a Pirana descender give it a try.
The Pirana makes it very easy to add as much or as little resistance as you need and ties off easily. Great gear from a very experienced company.
This configuration with an 11mm rope works very well under most conditions. Carrying a heavier load, no problem add a turn over its cleat like design.
Tying off is always a pain in the neck. Using a Pirana, bring a bite around and jam it. If you want to be extra careful you can through a knot around it but I’ve never had a problem using a jam. No slip!
I’m directing this at my U.S.M.C. readers, if you are using a Huit or Figure 8 check out the Petzl Pirana!