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Mammut

Bionic 8 Element 8 Owl Version A
Bionic 8 Element 8 Owl Version A
 
Version B Version C Version D Version E
Version B Version C Version D Version E

Overview


Bionic 8
(#1214)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Mammut Bionic 8 new from Mountain Gear in 2009.

The Mammut Bionic 8 is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 120 mm. tall, 76 mm. wide, and 10 mm. thick. The rope hole is 40 mm. high and 51 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 6 mm. The shaft length and width are 34 mm. and 25 mm., respectively. The eye measures 24 mm. by 26 mm. My eight weighs 67 g.

The Bionic 8 has "MAMMUT" in raised forged letters at the top of each side, and a Mammut logo in plastic on the shaft.

Comments

The Mammut Bionic 8 is an unusual "mini" size, forged, aluminum eight. The unique shape reduces the weight of the eight considerably without a proportional reduction in rigidity. Unfortunately, reducing weight also reduces the ability of the eight to absorb heat, but the large surface to volume ratio aids in cooling.

The Mammut logo is poorly placed, since the rope can run over it, paticularly on double rope rappels. I don't like running nylon rope over plastic, since something is going to melt. The ribs provide protection, but I would rather eliminate the pretty logo.


Element 8
(#1245)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Mammut Element 8 new from Amazon.com in 2010.

The Mammut Element 8 is forged from aluminum alloy and then painted. Mine is 137 mm. tall, 74 mm. wide, and 14 mm. thick. The rope hole is 52 mm. high and 52 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 9 mm. The shaft length and width are 30 mm. and 27 mm., respectively. The eye measures 33 mm. by 25 mm. My eight weighs 103 g.

The Element 8 has "MAMMUT" in raised forged letters at the top of each side, and a Mammut logo in plastic on the shaft.

Comments

The Element 8 is at the lower end of the size range for a full sized, forged, aluminum figure eight. The Mammut Element 8 is lighter than most figure eights. The eye has a strange shape, and is not particularly suited for belaying.

The Mammut logo is poorly placed, since the rope can run over it, paticularly on double rope rappels. I don't like running nylon rope over plastic, since something is going to melt. Unlike the logo on the Bionic 8, this one is not protected. The thickest part of the Element 8 is the logo; ignoring that, the body is only 12.4 mm. thick

I don't like the painted finish either, since it will quickly wear and leave a mess on the rope in the process.


Owl
(#1174)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Mammut Owl new from Tony Brent in 2008.

The Mammut Owl is forged from aluminum alloy and then hard anodized. Mine is 136 mm. tall, 75 mm. wide, and 15 mm. thick. The rope hole is 52 mm. high and 52 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 10 mm. The shaft length and width are 31 mm. and 27 mm., respectively. The eye measures 31 mm. by 22 mm. My eight weighs 113 g.

There is a plastic insert on each side of the shaft with the Mammut logo, and "MAMMUT" appears in raised letters on each side, near the top of the eight.

Comments

The Owl is at the lower end of the size range for a full sized, forged, aluminum figure eight. I like the hard coating. The plastic logo is protected from rope abrasion; still, the eight will eventually wear and the logo will then make a mess on the rope.

The Owl and the Element Eight have the same plan form, but the Owl is much thicker than the Element 8. The thickest part of the Owl iw 15.4 mm., just above the logo, compared to 12.4 mm. at the same point on the Element 8.


Version A
(#534)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Eiselin Sport in 1997.

The Mammut, Version A is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 146 mm. tall, 77 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 51 mm. high and 51 mm wide. The top center thickness is 12 mm. The shaft length and width are 46 mm. and 26 mm., respectively. The eye measures 26 mm. by 26 mm. My eight weighs 129 g.

The front of the shaft is stamped "MAMMUT," and the rear is stamped "kN 30." The top rear of the upper loop is stamped "05 LG."

Comments

The Mammut, Version A is a typical example of a full sized, forged, aluminum figure eight. It is essentially identical to the Hugh Banner, Lucky Ecos and Trango Versions A and B.


Version B
(#535, 2412)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Eiselin Sport in 1997.

The Mammut, Version B is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 132 mm. tall, 74 mm. wide, and 14 mm. thick. The rope hole is 48 mm. high and 48 mm wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 43 mm. and 24 mm., respectively. The eye measures 19 mm. by 25 mm. My eight weighs 109 g.

The front of this eight is stamped "MAMMUT" on the shaft and is stamped "0297" (month of manufacture?) near the top. The rear is stamped "KG. 2500."

Comments

The Mammut, Version B is a typical example of a "midi" size, forged, aluminum eight. It is essentially identical to the Advanced Base Camp Versions A and B, AustriAlpin, Camp Version B, Camp/Lowe Versions A and B, Climb High Version C, Climbing Technology Ltd., Lucky Ecos Mini, and the Salewa Midi. This eight will wear quickly because the soft anodizing provides little protection.


Version C
(#1072)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Benjamin Townsend in 2007.

The Mammut, Version C is forged from aluminum alloy and then clear anodized. Mine is 131 mm. tall, 74 mm. wide, and 13 mm. thick. The rope hole is 48 mm. high and 48 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 44 mm. and 24 mm., respectively. The eye measures 18 mm. by 25 mm. My eight weighs 104 g.

The front of the shaft is stamped with "MAMMUT," and the rear with "kN 30" and the Mammut logo. The top rear of the upper loop is stamped "05 04."

Comments

The Mammut, Version C is essentially a polished variety of Version B.


Version D
(#536)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Eiselin Sport in 1997.

The Mammut, Version D is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 113 mm. tall, 68 mm. wide, and 16 mm. thick. The rope hole is 40 mm. high and 46 mm wide. The top center thickness is 12 mm. The shaft length and width are 34 mm. and 21 mm., respectively. The eye measures 19 mm. by 24 mm. My eight weighs 101 g.

The front of the shaft is stamped with "MAMMUT," and the rear with "kN 25." The top rear of the upper loop is stamped "04LF."

Comments

The Mammut, Version D is a typical example of a "mini" size, forged, aluminum eight. It is essentially identical to the Camp, Salewa Mini and Trango Mini. The eye is too small for Sticht-type belaying.


Version E
(#1130)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Man Kim on eBay in 2007.

The Mammut, Version E is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 108 mm. tall, 79 mm. wide, and 20 mm. thick. The rope hole is 36 mm. high and 59 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 11 mm. The shaft length and width are 27 mm. and 30 mm., respectively. The eye measures 25 mm. by 25 mm. My eight weighs 81 g.

The concave side of the shaft is stamped with "MAMMUT" and "kN 25."

Comments

The Mammut, Version E is an odd-shaped, bent figure eight. It is essentially identical to the LWO, Lucky Face, Singing Rock, and Trango Penta. The Mammut, Version E is lighter than most figure eights. The bend allows it to be rigged two ways with differing amounts of friction. The short overall length and sharp bends makes this eight rather "grabby" when using the high friction arrangement on sandy ropes.