Next Return Previous

Kailas

Kailas Kguard
Kailas Kguard

Overview


Kailas
(#1694)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Kailas from Lucky Outdoor in 2010.

The Kailas is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 47 mm. long, 56 mm. wide, 101 mm. high, 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 14 mm. below the ends of the slots. The Kailas Max has a flexible, plastic-covered, cable keeper.

One side of my Kailas is marked "Kailas," while the other has two rigging icons, one showing the high friction arrangement with a "+" in a circle underneath, and one one showing the low friction arrangement with a "-" in a circle underneath.

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.


Kguard
(#1699)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Kailas Kguard from Lucky Outdoor in 2010.

The Kailas Kguard is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 46 mm. long, 51 mm. wide, 108 mm. high, and weighs 94 g. 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. The palstic covered cable keeper is moderately stiff.

One side is printed with "KAILAS" and the other with "Kguard."

Comments

The Kguard has V-slots that provide additional friction for belaying or rappelling. Each side of each groove has three V-shaped slots, giving the grooves "teeth" to grip the rope more effectively. These teeth act to guide the rope deeper into the slot, in much the same manner as the teeth on the Wild Country Hand ascender work. The teeth do not have the narrow angle found on the Salewa Tubus, Singing Rock, or Trango Jaws, so they do not create the same wedging action. For this reason, I find the Kguard to be less effective. On the other hand, the teeth on the Kguard provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating.

The Kguard is rigged with the V-slots on the brake hand end of the rope. Alternately, the Kguard may be reversed to disable the V-slots. The more massive than some other belay tubes, but it will still overheat on long rappels.

The Kguard is essentially identical to the Black Diamond ATC-XP, Version B.


[ Top | Version A | Version B | Return to Belay Tubes ]