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.
- 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.
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!
User Manual: akimbo_user_manual
Rope Approval List: Ropes List
Luke Harlow –
I’ve been climbing the Akimbo for over a year now, having exclusively been given access to the first release models from America and I must say, I’m more then impressed with this device.
I was one of the first lucky few in the country to get the akimbo so no-one had any real previous knowledge or rope time with the device so it was just a case of watching our American friends, going steady and dialing it in slowly.
And what a device it is! I climb this with the Yale Drenaline and its almost the perfect combination. It took me about 8 hours of climbing with different weights of gear on before finally nailing the friction settings.
The action is smooth and very controllable once the friction settings are correct and the fact you can double up to DRT makes it even better but i only ever use this feature for descents.
A big thumbs up from me but a word of warning, if your just coming into the world of SRT, don’t buy this device as your first toy. Learn how the system works with a Chicane or Rope Wrench, learn about the extra stresses and strains you put through the tree branches otherwise you may come a cropper with the akimbo. Remember there’s no fail-safe, so once the jaws are squeezed together, your going down!
But overall, very well designed, lightweight and compact, strong, and beautiful in design, this device is an arborists game changer!