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Clog Flyer

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A
(#1627)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Clog Flyer from Needle Sports in 2009.

The Clog Flyer is a notched belay tube with two slots. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 47 mm. long, 55 mm. wide, 83 mm. high, and weighs 53 g. The slots are 34 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 9 mm. below the ends of the slots. The keeper is a solid 4.8 mm, diameter aluminum rod crimped to the body of the Flyer

One side of my Flyer is printed "CLOG," "CLIMBING EQUIPMENT" and "GWI." The other side is printed with "Flyer," "Ø8.5-11mm," and a "Reading is Dangerous" icon.

Comments

The Clog Flyer has several distinctive features, but overall, performs like most devices of this type. The rope slots are hour-glass shaped (much like those on the Climb Axe Max, Kong Chuy and the Ocùn Tuber), but this does not appear to affect their performance. The Flyer has V-notches on one side, but these are not as tall and acute as those on the Trango Jaws, Edelrid Lotse, Salewa Tubus, Singing Rock Hornet, and Zero-G G-Wedge, and tend to give less friction. I like the rigid rod keeper.

The following are closely related, with the main difference being that some have cable keepers and others have solid rod keepers:

Image Device Keeper     Image Device Keeper     Image Device Keeper
Brasovia Lightweight Brasovia Lightweight Cable   Ellis Brigham Climb Ellis Brigham Climb Rod   Rock Empire Guard Rock Empire Guard Cable
Climb Axe Max Climb Axe Max Cable   GrandWall GrandWall Cable   Ocùn Tuber Ocùn Tuber Cable
Clog Flyer, Version A Clog Flyer, Version A Rod   Kailas Kailas Cable   Mad Rock Max Air Mad Rock Max Air Cable
Clog Flyer, Version B Clog Flyer, Version B Rod   Kong Chuy Kong Chuy Cable   Simond Tubik Simond Tubik Cable

These have several distinctive features, but overall, perform like most devices of this type. The rope slots are hour-glass shaped, but this does not appear to affect their performance. They are slightly asymmetrical with V-notches on one end and -U-notches on the other, giving two distinct riggings. One would expect a difference in friction for the two riggings, with more friction if the braking line runs over the shorter end; however, I do not notice much difference. The V-notches are not as tall and acute as those on the Trango Jaws and its equivalents, so they do not provide as much braking. The U-notches are too shallow to noticeably amplify braking.

I prefer the ones with the rigid rod keeper. For the others, the plastic-coated cable keeper is moderately flexible, but stiff enough that it tends to stay out from under the rope.


Version B
(#1786)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Clog Flyer, Version B from Fell and Mountain in 2012.

Version B is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then clear anodized. Mine is 47 mm. long, 55 mm. wide, 82 mm. high, and weighs 52 g. It has two slots with v-grooves and a rod keeper. The slots are 34 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 9 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side of my Flyer is printed "CLOG," "CLIMBING EQUIPMENT" and "KTG." The other side is printed with "Flyer," "Ø8.5-11mm," and a "Reading is Dangerous" icon.

Comments

The only differences between Versions and B are the finish and the three-letter code marking.