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Toucan 2 Tubik Tubik 2
Toucan 2 Tubik Tubik 2

Overview


Toucan 2
(#1741)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Simond Toucan 2 from Expé-Spelemat in 2012.

The Simond Toucan 2 is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and hard anodized. Mine is 42 mm. long, 96 mm. wide, 85 mm. high, and weighs 92 g. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves. The slots are 36 mm. long and 15 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 22 mm. below the ends of the slots.

The Simond Toucan 2 has a doubled vertical carabiner eye at the end opposite the grooves. It also has a plastic-covered cable keeper.

One side has a printed Simond logo and "simond." The other side has a book-with-an-"i" icon, "120110," "TOUCAN," and a rigging illustration.

Comments

Salewa recycled the name, but the Toucan II looks nothing like the original Simond Toucan! It is unique among the "guide ATCs" like the Black Diamond ATC-Guide, BlueWater Ranger and LACD Evo Alpine in that it has no release hole at the slot end and two vertical eyes at the other end. Personally, one is sufficient for my needs.


Tubik
(#1651)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Simond Tubik from Expé-Spelemat in 2008.

The Simond Tubik is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 56 mm. long, 47 mm. wide, 101 mm. high, and weighs 57 g. The slots are 35 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 7 mm. below the ends of the slots. The Tubik has a flexible, plastic-covered, cable keeper.

One side of my Tubik is marked with the Simond logo and the word "simond," while the other has a "-" inside a circle and a "+" inside another circle.

Comments

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.


TUbik 2
(#1794)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Simond Tubik 2 from Expé-Spelemat in 2012.

The Simond Tubik 2 is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. Mine is 42 mm. long, 58 mm. wide, 81 mm. high, and weighs 74 g. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves and a plastic-covered cable keeper. The slots are 36 mm. long and 15 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 22 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side has a printed Simond logo and "simond." The other side has a book-with-an-"i" icon, "006712," the UIAA logo, and a rigging illustration.

Comments

The Simond Tubik 2 is similar to many others like the Brasovia Notched, ClimbTech, Cypher, Climb Axe V-Lok, Elliot, Fusion Neosat, Good Makings notched, NAT, and Yoke, but the v-grooves are unique in having only one rib.