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Tubers

Tubers predate belay tubes, but function nearly as well. The rope runs smoothly, they dissipate heat, they wear well, they are small, and they don't cost very much. Most of my tubers have external ribs to improve heat transfer to the air without adding excessive weight. Still, these are belay devices, not long drop rappel devices.

I use the following criteria to decide whether to call something a Tuber:

  • The devices that I placed in this category have one main rope channel that is split into two halves by a rod.
  • The rod splitting the rope channel also forms an attachment for the keeper.

Although most of my tubers have external ribs, I do not use this as a deciding criteria, so the Simond Cubiks are tubers. The examples that I use for comparison when I consider placing a device into this category are the Latok Tuber and the Lowe Tuber.

Gallery

Image ID Device Description Acquired Weight Length Width Height Std. volume
Advanced Base Camp Decelerator 701 Advanced Base Camp Decelerator Forged Al, hard anodized, square, cable keeper Inner Mountain Outfitters, 1996 76 85 49 86 359
Camp Tuber 2690 Camp Tuber Turned Al, painted, round, cord keeper J. Tsang, 2017 50 50 50 37 92
Koola (Florsheim) 840 Koola (Florsheim) Turned Al, hard anodized, round, pivoting rod keeper Florsheim Consultants, 2006 85 74 57 96 405
Koola(Megagrip) 787 Koola(Megagrip) Turned Al, unfinished, round, pivoting rod keeper Ian MacNab, 2003 76 68 55 108 407
Latok Tuber 612 Latok Tuber Turned& forged Al, unfinished, round, cable keeper L.L. Bean, 1987 53 78 49 72 276
Lowe Square Tuber 1623
1644
Lowe Square Tuber
Turned Al, unfinished, square, cable keeper
  • Rose Gonos, 2009
  • Duane Frerichs, 2009
61 56 52 113 324
Lowe Tuber, Version A 664 Lowe Tuber, Version A Turned Al, soft anodized, round, cord keeper Ragged Mountain Equipment, 1994 49 50 50 38 94
Lowe Tuber, Version B 1612 Lowe Tuber, Version B Turned Al, soft anodized, round, cable keeper Tim Spencer, 2008 58 80 50 72 286
Lowe Tuber, Version C 1753 Lowe Tuber, Version C Turned Al, soft anodized, round, cable keeper Susan Faerber, 2012 50 73 49 76 272
Lowe Tuber II, Version A 613 Lowe Tuber II, Version A Turned Al, soft anodized, round, cord keeper Ragged Mountain Equipment, 1994 61 55 55 38 112
Lowe Tuber II, Version B 1625 Lowe Tuber II, Version B Turned Al, soft anodized, round,plastic-covered cable keeper Thomas Kopp, 2009 63 65 55 38 134
Lowe Tuber II, Version C 1711
1725
Lowe Tuber II, Version C Turned & milled Al, soft anodized, round, lightening holes, cord keeper
  • Kevin Cooper, 2010
  • Deziree Wilson, 2011
48 55 55 37 109
Lowe Tuber II, Version C 2679 Lowe Tuber II, Version D Turned Al, painted, round, lightening holes, cord keeper Yinetyme (Nocogear), 2017 68 67 55 38 139
Redline 1717 Redline Galvanized steel pipe, sewn 5 mm. acc. Cord keeper John Greer, 2011 105 58 49 27 75
Simond Cubik, Version A 724 Simond Cubik, Version A Forged Al, unfinished, V grooves, cable keeper Climb Max, 1999 72 60 50 117 350
Simond Cubik, Version B 853 Simond Cubik, Version B Forged Al, painted, V grooves, cable keeper Barrabés.com, 2007 73 60 50 108 322
Trango Pyramid, Version A 673
677
Trango Pyramid, Version A
Milled & forged Al, hard anodized, square, cable keeper
  • Exkursion, 1994
  • Ragged Mountain Equipment, 1994
66 84 51 92 393
Trango Pyramid, Version B 1633 Trango Pyramid, Version B
Milled & forged Al, unfinished, square, cable keeper Zachary Britner, 2009 66 57 50 97 279
Trango Pyramid, Version C 1690 Trango Pyramid, Version C
Milled & forged Al, unfinished, square, reinforced cable keeper Chloe Reeder, 2010 69 56 52 102 294
Trango Pyramid, Version D 1645 Trango Pyramid, Version D
Milled & forged Al, hard anodized, square, cable keeper Thomas Carlsen, 2009 81 87 50 96 415
Unknown Tuber 1624 Unknown Tuber Turned Al, soft anodized, round, plastic-covered cable keeper Vic Clementi, 2009 50 50 20 37 37

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