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Lightweight Notched Wedgemount
Lightweight Notched Wedgemount

Overview


Lightweight
(#1666)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Brasovia Lightweight from Brasovia in 2009.

The Brasovia Lightweight is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots and a plastic-covered cable keeper. Mine is 55 mm. tall, 46 mm. wide, and 109 mm. thick, and weighs 56 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.

One side of my Lightweight is marked "BRASOVIA and "8-11mm."

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.


Notched
(#1667)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Brasovia Notched from Brasovia in 2009.

The Brasovia Notched is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves and a plastic-covered cable keeper. Mine is 44 mm. long, 55 mm. wide, 107 mm. high, and weighs 64 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 13 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is marked "BRASOVIA and "8-11mm."

Comments

The following belay tubes are essentially identical:

Image Device     Image Device     Image Device
Brasovia Notched Brasovia Notched   Epic Peak Epic Peak   NTR NTR
Climb Tech Climb Tech   Fusion Neo-Sat Fusion Neo-Sat   Stubai BC PRO Stubai BC PRO
Cypher Cypher   Good Makings Notched Good Makings Notched   Yoke Yoke
Elliot Elliot   NAT NAT    

The shallow V-notches used in this design do not seem to be very effective at increasing the braking force. The notches do not have the narrow angle found on the Trango Jaws and its equivalents, so they do not create the same wedging action.


Wedgemount
(#1772)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Brasovia Wedgemount from Brasovia in 2012.

The Brasovia Wedgemount is a belay tube. It is It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has 2 slots and a plastic-covered cable keeper. The slots are 33 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 16 mm. below the ends of the slots. My wedgemount is 46 mm. long, 52 mm. wide, 99 mm. high, and weighs 61 g.

One side is labeled "Brasovia."

Comments

The Wedgemount is another ATC-type belay tube with a flexible cable keeper. These makes the device easier to pack, but sometimes get caught where the rope can run over them.