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Heat-resistant Friction Hitch Cord and Spliced Prusiks

Heat-resistant prusiks have become popular choices for tying your friction hitch thanks to their added durability and resistance to heat which could be generated during a rapid descent. WesSpur sells spliced prusiks, as well as selling all cords Bulk Cord (by the foot) if you want to tie your own. Spliced prusiks are provided by the professional splicers of Iron Street Splicing.

Please note that the hand-spliced eyes on Bee Line, Ultra Tech, and HRC will be stiff initially. This is normal. These type of eyes may offer resistance the first few times you put a carabiner in.

We have prusik cords without heat-resistant properties at the link below:

Regular (non-heat-resistant) Prusiks and Prusik Cord

Eye-and-Eye Prusik Multipack

Eye-and-Eye Prusik Multipack

KIT109

With all of the excellent prusik cords available, it can be daunting to find the right one for you. We've put together this eye and eye prusik multipack to let you get a great selection of hitch cords and a nice discount.

Multipack contains the following prusiks:

  • 9mm Rit Sewn Prusik x 2
  • 8mm Ocean Sewn Prusik
  • 10mm Ocean Sewn Prusik
  • 8mm RIT Sewn Prusik
  • 8mm HRC Hand-spliced Prusik
  • 8mm Bail Out Sewn Machard Loop

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Hitch Cord Tester Pack

Hitch Cord Tester Pack

5' Tester Pack (for Eye & Eye Prusiks)
KIT110
8' Tester Pack (for Loop Prusiks)
KIT110-2

There are a many excellent arborist hitch cords to try in your tree climbing system. We've put together this package which contains several of the most popular hitch cords and a small discount to help make trying out several cords easier.

Each cord in the "Eye & Eye" tester is 5' long - enough to tie an eye and eye prusik, but too short for a loop prusik.

Each cord in the "Prusik Loop" tester is 8' long - enough to a loop prusik or trim to tie an Eye & Eye hitch.

Both packs contain the following cords:

  • RIT 9mm
  • Ocean Polyester 8mm
  • Ocean Polyester 10mm
  • Bee Line 8mmm
  • HRC 8mm

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Flex 8mm Prusik by Sterling Ropes

Flex 8mm Prusik by Sterling Ropes

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli306
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop358
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop364
20' of Bulk

Sterling listened to requests from professional climbers to build a durable hitch cord that is easy to work with in all kinds of weather. The Flex core is made of ultra strong and water-resistant polyester fibers surrounded by a blended Technora/polyester sheath that provides solid abrasion resistance with enough bite to hitch firmly onto ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,418 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/polyester sheath with polyester core

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RIT Cord 9mm Prusik by Sterling Ropes

RIT Cord 9mm Prusik by Sterling Ropes

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli339
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop356
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop363
20' of Bulk

Sterling's popular RIT cord is available in a mid-sized 9mm. This unique size works well on a wide range of ropes, from 11mm to 13mm. RIT cord is heat-resistant and has a round body that holds its shape well.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 6,970 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Aramid sheath with polyester core

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RIT Cord 5/16” (8mm)

30” Sewn Prusik
CLI359
16” Bound Loop Prusik
CLI360
16” Bound Loop w/Ring
CLI361
16” Thimble Prusik
CLI358
Bulk Cord (by the foot)
ROP354
20’ of Bulk Cord
ROP355

Sterling's 5/16” RIT ("Right in Trees") hitch cord is heat-resistant and high-performance. The 30” Sewn Prusik provides consistent and even friction on a wide range of climbing lines and meets ANSI standards. The adjustable 16” Bound Loop Prusik has an innovative alternative to bulkier knots and is great for rigging, climbing, and lanyard adjustment. The 16” Bound Loop Prusik w/Ring includes a 1 5/8” diameter (1 1/16” inside diameter) aluminum ring to give greater options for rigging, climbing, and lanyard adjustment. The 16” Thimble Prusik has a thimble spliced into the eye.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 5,485 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Aramid sheath with polyester core

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Bee Line 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Yale

Bee Line 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Yale

Hand-spliced Prusik

cli304
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli330
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop303
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop330
20' of Bulk

Bee Line from Yale Cordage is one of our most popular prusik cords and provides excellent performance on a wide range of ropes. Bee Line in this diameter is best-suited for use on 7/16” (11mm) climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,000 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core

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Bee Line 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord by Yale

Bee Line 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord by Yale

Hand-spliced Prusik

cli354
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli357
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop352
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop353
20' of Bulk

For years, the larger diameter of Bee Line had a different construction than the 8mm. Now both 8mm and 10mm Bee Line share the same strong, heat-resistant construction of the Technora/Poly jacket over the high-strength Vectran core. In the larger 3/8” (10mm) diameter, Bee Line works great on a wide range of 1/2” arborist climbing ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 11,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 75% Technora/25% Polyester cover, Vectran core

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epiCORD 9.3mm (5/16”)

epiCORD 9.3mm (5/16”)

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

CLI364
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

ROP361
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

spam
20' of Bulk

epiCORD is the latest hitchcord in the TEUFELBERGER range. epiCORD has a tight cover of polyester and Technora which gives it the necessary heat resistance but is flexible enough to let you tie hitches easily. The core of epiCORD is a blend of Technora and dyneema braided in a special balance that allows your hitch to release when you need it to. At 9.3mm, this cord will work well on most climbing lines, from 11mm to 13mm.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,700 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester Jacket, Technora/Dyneema core

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Ocean Poly 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Teufelberger

Ocean Poly 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Teufelberger

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli337
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop323
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop335
20' of Bulk

Ocean hitch cord is a popular heat-resistant, high-performance hitch cord created by Teufelberger (makers of the treeMOTION harness). The Kevlar fibers in ocean provide heat and wear-resistance. This cord maintains a good grip and round body, and works best on 7/16” lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 4,950 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 50% Kevlar/50% Polyester Jacket, Polyester core

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Ocean Poly 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord by Teufelberger

Ocean Poly 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord by Teufelberger

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli338
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop324
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop336
20' of Bulk

Kevlar fibers in the jacket provide increased durability and heat-resistance in Ocean cord. This larger diameter will work best on 1/2” climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,425 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 50% Kevlar/50% Polyester Jacket, Polyester core

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Armor-Prus 8mm (5/16&rdquo) Prusik Cord

Armor-Prus 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli355
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop348
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop350
20' of Bulk

Armor-prus blends Spectra and Kevlar fibers in the core for excellent strength, and protects those fibers with a jacket containing Technora fibers (heat-resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Armor-prus in this size will work best on 1/2” climb lines, and grips well on a variety of ropes thanks to its fuzzy texture.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 6,160 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester cover, Spectra/Kevlar core

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Armor-Prus 10mm (3/8&rdquo) Prusik Cord

Armor-Prus 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli356
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop349
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop351
20' of Bulk

Armor-prus blends Spectra and Kevlar fibers in the core for excellent strength, and protects those fibers with a jacket containing Technora fibers (heat-resistant up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit). Armor-prus in this size will work best on 1/2” climb lines, and grips well on a variety of ropes thanks to its fuzzy texture.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 9,460 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora/Polyester cover, Spectra/Kevlar core

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Ultra-Tech 8mm (5/16”)

Ultra-Tech 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Hand-spliced Prusik

cli301
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli327
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop308
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop328
20' of Bulk

Ultra-Tech is one of the first cords that was used as a heat-resistant prusik. Unlike other cords, Ultra-Tech's heat-resistant element is provided by the Technora core fibers instead of the outer fibers.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,800 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Polyester cover, Technora core

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Ultra-Tech 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Ultra-Tech 10mm (3/8”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli328
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop309
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop329
20' of Bulk

One of the original cords used as a heat-resistant hitch cord, Samson's Ultra-Tech 3/8” has a high strength, heat-resistant core, and will work well on 1/2” climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 10,000 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Polyester cover, Technora core

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 Ice Tail 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Ice Tail 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Hand-spliced Prusik

cli302
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli329-s
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop304
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop326
20' of Bulk

Ice Tail from Samson is an easy-to-splice 12-strand cord that has great hand and provides excellent grip, and is heat-resistant thanks to the Technora fibers in its construction. At 5/16”, this cord will work best on 7/16” ropes.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 8,500 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 80% Technora/20% Polyester 120

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Video Overview of Samson Ice Tail by Niceguydave

Bail Out 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Bail Out 8mm (5/16”) Prusik Cord by Samson Ropes

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli333
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop306
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop337
20' of Bulk

Samson's Bail Out cord was developed to be the ultimate in heat-resistant cords. The 100% Technora fiber is heat-resistant to 900 degrees and highly durable. Bail Out will provide long service and work well on any 7/16” rope.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 4,200 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: 100% Technora

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HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) 8mm (5/16”) Prusik by Teufelberger

HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) 8mm (5/16”) Prusik by Teufelberger

Hand-spliced Prusik

cli305
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Viking-spliced Sewn Prusik

cli332
28” Prusik
30” Prusik
32” Prusik

Bulk Prusik Cord

rop301
By the Foot

20' of Bulk Prusik

rop327
20' of Bulk

HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) from New England Ropes is a highly heat-resistant prusik with a “fuzzy” texture that helps it grab and is friendly to handle. Durable, low-stretch, and long-lasting hitch cord. HRC (Heat Resistant Cord) in this diameter is best-suited for use on 7/16” (11mm) climbing lines.

  • Cord Tensile Strength: 7,250 lb
  • Heat Resistant: Yes
  • Construction: Technora / spun Nomex cover, Vectran core

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Ice Tail Footlock Prusik

Ice Tail Footlock Prusik

38” Footlock Prusik
cli317
40” Footlock Prusik
cli318
42” Footlock Prusik
cli319

Footlock prusiks made from heat-resistant, reinforced Samson Ice Tail in 3 lengths so you can get the right size for your stride. The measurements given are the length of the prusik from the throat of the big eye to the end.

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Machard Loop - 5/16” Bail Out

Machard Loop - 5/16” Bail Out

5/16” x 30” Loop
CLI363

This sewn loop prusik made from Samson's tough Bail Out cordage (see above) provides ample length to tie a proper Machard or Klemheist loop.

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Split Tail

French Prusik/ Valdotain Tresse Split Tail Kit

Kit with 5/16" Prusik
kit18-1
Kit with 3/8" Prusik
kit18-2

Contains everything needed to add climbing on the French Prusik to your arsenal of techniques.
Contains: Professionally spliced Bee-Line Prusik, CMI micro pulley, 2 Rock Exotica Pirate double-locking carabiners.

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Hitch Climber Pulley Sets

Hitch Climber Pulley Sets

Set 1 - 7/16” Ropes
PUL120-K1
Set 2 - 1/2” Ropes
PUL120-K2
Set 3 - 7/16” or 1/2” Ropes
PUL120-K3

The Hitch Climber is the single most popular pulley for organizing a hitch system, thanks to the 3 holes which streamline the system, and open up additional tie-in options for advanced uses. Grab a Hitch Climber set and get the pulley, oval carabiners, and hitch cord all in one go.

Match up the prusik diameter with your climbing line: 5/16" prusiks will work with 7/16" ropes, 3/8" for 1/2", and 9mm prusiks will work with either.

  • Set 1 contains Hitch Climber, 2 DMM Oval biners, and 5/16" Ocean prusik.
  • Set 2 contains Hitch Climber, 2 DMM Oval biners, and 3/8" Ocean prusik.
  • Set 3 contains Hitch Climber, 2 Rock O oval biners, and 9mm RIT prusik.

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