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Guide Mako
Guide Mako
 
Max-Air V-Max XP
Max-Air V-Max XP

Overview


Guide
(#1847)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Climb X Guide from Climb X in 2015.

The Climb X Guide is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. It has two slots with ribbed v grooves, a carabiner eye, a release hole, and a plastic-covered cable keeper. Mine is 43 mm. long, 94 mm. wide, 107 mm. high, and weighs 100 g. The slots are 35 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 19 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is screened with the Climb X logo.The other side is screened with a rigging illustration and "Ø7.7mm-11mm."

Comments

The Guide is another example of a "guide ATC." Like the others, it provides a convenient method of belaying a second from above. One can clip the eye to an anchor sling with a carabiner passed through the carabiner hole, and then belay in an autostop mode, much like one might with a Kong Gi-gi.

The Climb X Guide is essentially identical to the Edelweiss Guru Alpin.


Mako
(#1849)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Climb X Mako from Climb X in 2015.

The Climb X Mako is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. It has two slots with V-grooves and a plastic covered cable keeper. Mine is 48 mm. long, 59 mm. wide, 113 mm. high, and weighs 75 g. The slots are 33 mm. long and 15 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.

One side is screened with the Climb X logo.The other side is screened with a rigging illustration and "ø≤11mm ¤."

Comments

I like this design enough to give it three stars:

The following are essentially the same device:

Image Device -- Image Device -- Image Device
Apex Rock Mako Clymb Apex Rock Mako Clymb   Climbing Technology Double V-Row Climbing Technology
Double V-Row
  Singing Rock Hornet Singing Rock Hornet
Alpidex Silenos Alpidex Silenos   Edelrid Lotse Edelrid Lotse
(a.k.a. Multigrip)
  Trango Jaws Trango Jaws
Climb X Mako Climb X Mako   Salewa Tubus Salewa Tubus   Zero-G G-Wedge Zero-G G-Wedge
(a.k.a. Multigrip)

These are just like many other devices except for one little difference, but that difference makes any of these a much better device than those others. The special feature is the teeth. First of all, if you don't need them, turn the device 180 degrees and they are out of the way. On the other hand, if you want more friction, then these teeth provide it. This is the only device design of this size and weight that I feel comfortable rappelling my 9 mm. haul line on, with the others, I never really felt completely in control (to be fair, I haven't tried this on the the Omega Pacific SBG or the Simond Cubik). The extra control is well worth carrying the extra 15 or 20 grams. One caution: like all belay tubes and tubers, these can still get very hot on rappels.

I borrowed the following paragraphs from Trango's web site, although they should apply to any of the devices in the table:

Jaws stops better than most belay/rappel devices. The addition of the V notches really grabs the rope, assisting in slowing down the fall. In lab tests using a UIAA drop tower, an 11 mm. rope, an 80-kg weight with a fall factor of 1.2, and a clutch holding the rope with a 50-lbf slip threshold, we found the following results:

 Pyramid/ATC/Tuber style devices  16" - 20" slip, no rope damage
 GriGri  1" - 3" slip, no rope damage
 Jaws  6" - 8" slip, no rope damage

Jaws allows you to adjust the rope friction during a rappel. By flipping the rope out of the notches and over the side plates at the start of a long rappel, you can reduce the friction the device gives you at the start. When the rappel begins to speed up as you get closer to the ground, flip the ropes back into the notches to slow it down.

You must rig Jaws correctly. It's not symmetrical so you need to be sure the notches are on the brake hand side of the rope, not on the side which goes to the leader. Also, because of the additional friction provided by the device you'll find that the beginnings of long rappels can be a bit jerky. The solution is to allow rope to slide through by varying the angle of your brake hand rather than just letting rope slip through. On low angle slab rappels, turn Jaws around so the notches are on the anchor side and your brake hand is on the smooth side.


Max-Air
(#1846)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Climb X Max-Air from Climb X in 2015.

The Climb X Max-Air is a standard belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. It has two slots with V-grooves and a plastic covered cable keeper. Mine is 40 mm. long, 47 mm. wide, 88 mm. high, and weighs 58 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.

One side is screened with "Climb X" and the other with a rigging illustration incorporating the letters "BBABE."

Comments

The Max-Air is typical of the lightweight belaying devices that are so popular among climbers. Like all similar devices, it can overheat on long rappels, but for belaying with 11 mm rope, it works fine. Rigging is simple: insert a bight of rope and clip it with a suitably anchored carabiner, making sure that the rope is not running over the keeper. Two-rope rigging is similar. On thinner ropes, adding another carabiner helps. My biggest complaint, common to most of these devices, is that it doesn't give me enough friction when rappelling with a heavy load on fast 9 mm. rope.

The Max-Air has a stiff cable keeper that effectively stays out of the way of the rope.


V-Max
(#1844)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Climb X V-Max from Kevin Liao in 2015.

The Climb X V-Max is a notched belay tube. Mine is 41 mm. long, 61 mm. wide, 94 mm. high, and weighs 65 g. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. It has two slots with V-grooves and a plastic covered cable keeper. The slots are 36 mm. long and 15 mm. wide. There is an opening in each side and in the central rib that help reduce weight. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 19 mm. below the ends of the slots.

Each side is screened with the Climb X logo. One side is also screened with a climber icon and a hand holding a rope icon. These serve as rigging illustrations.

Comments

The V-Max is an improved belay tube that 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 Trango Jaws or its equivalents, so they do not create quite the same wedging action, but they are much narrower and work better than those on the Yoke and its equivalents. The teeth on the V-Max also provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating.


XP
(#1848)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Climb X XP from Climb X in 2015.

The Climb X XP is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. It has two slots with V-grooves and a plastic covered cable keeper. Mine is 45 mm. long, 54 mm. wide, 117 mm. high, and weighs 93 g. The slots are 31 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 19 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is screened with the Climb X logo.The other side is screened with a rigging illustration and "Ø≤11mm."

Comments

The XP resembles the Black Diamond XP, and performs similarly. The 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 Trango Jaws or its equivalents, so they do not create the same wedging action. For this reason, I find the XP to be less effective. On the other hand, the teeth on the XP provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating.

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