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Snap Belay Devices

Cyclops Alien
Cyclops Alien

Overview


Cyclops (#749, 750)

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

Technical Details

Cormier Mountaineering donated one Snap Alien in 2001 and I acquired another from Yucca Dune at almost the same time.

The Snap Cyclops is a hybrid design milled from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots and a plastic covered cable keeper. Mine is 53 mm. long, 25 mm. wide, 25 mm. high (plate portion), and weighs 36 g.

The Snap logo is printed on one side of the Cyclops.

Comments

In many ways it is like a Sticht Plate Belayers, but its depth gives it some of the features of a Tube Belayer. One end of the Cyclops is deeper than the other (much like the Variable Controller), and the instructions indicate that load end of the rope should leave the device on this side. The slot is 31.8 mm long. The underside of the Cyclops is relieved to reduce the effective depth at the carabiner. This not only limits the friction somewhat, but also tends to help keep the carabiner centered under the slot. The cable keeper helps prevent dropping the device while at a hanging belay.


Alien (#751, 752)

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

Technical Details

Cormier Mountaineering donated one Snap Alien in 2001 and I acquired another from Yucca Dune at almost the same time.

The Alien is a hybrid design milled from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots and a plastic covered cable keeper. Mine is 56 mm. long, 50 mm. wide, 25 mm. high (plate portion), and weighs 60 g.

The Snap logo is printed on one side of the Cyclops.

Comments

Cormier Mountaineering donated one Snap Alien in 2001 and I acquired another from Yucca Dune at almost the same time.

The Snap Alien is the double-rope Version of the Cyclops. When I first heard of this device, I wondered why they chose the name "alien," which was already in use for CCH SLCDs. One look at the top of the device explains the name.

Like the Cyclops, the extra depth compared to a Sticht Plate Belayers has some benefit for heat dissipation. Overheating is usually not a problem when catching a fall, but like foralmost all small belay devices, one should pay attention when lowering or rappelling.