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Clog Flyer

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A
(#1627)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Clog Flyer from Needle Sports in 2009.

The Clog Flyer is a notched belay tube with two slots. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 55 mm. long, 47 mm. wide, 83 mm. high, and weighs 53 g. The slots are 34 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 9 mm. below the ends of the slots. The keeper is a solid 4.8 mm, diameter aluminum rod crimped to the body of the Flyer

One side of my Flyer is printed "CLOG," "CLIMBING EQUIPMENT" and "GWI." The other side is printed with "Flyer," "Ø8.5-11mm," and a "Reading is Dangerous" icon.

Comments

The following closely-related belay tubes include the Clog Flyer as an example:

Image Device Keeper High-end
Notch
Anpen Anpen Cable U
Brasovia Lightweight Brasovia Lightweight Cable U
Climb Axe Max Climb Axe Max Cable U
Climb X, Version A Climb X, Version A Cable U
Clog Flyer, Version A Clog Flyer, Version A Rod V
Clog Flyer, Version B Clog Flyer, Version B Rod V
Image Device Keeper High-end
Notch
Ellis Brigham Climb Ellis Brigham Climb Rod V
GrandWall GrandWall Cable U
Kailas Kailas Cable U
Kong Chuy Kong Chuy Cable U
KTD KTD Rod V
Mad Rock Max Air Mad Rock Max Air Cable U
Image Device Keeper High-end
Notch
Ocùn Tuber, Version A Ocùn Tuber, Version A Cable U
Ocùn Tuber, Version B Ocùn Tuber, Version B Cable U
Rock Empire Guard Rock Empire Guard Cable U
Simond Tubik Simond Tubik Cable U
 
 

Each of these is 55±1 mm. long and 47±1 mm. wide, and has a weight in the 54±3 g. range. Their slots are all 35±1 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The main differences are that most have cable keepers and U-shaped notches on both ends, but some have rod keepers and V-shaped notches on the high end.

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 a high and a low end, 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.

Most of these have shallow U-notches at both ends. The Clog Flyer, Ellis Brigham Climb and KTD have V-notches at the high end, so I call these notched belay tubes. 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 on the others are 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.

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Version B
(#1786)

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

Technical Details

I acquired my Clog Flyer, Version B from Fell and Mountain in 2012.

Version B is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and then clear anodized. Mine is 55 mm. long, 47 mm. wide, 82 mm. high, and weighs 52 g. It has two slots with v-grooves and a rod keeper. The slots are 34 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 9 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side of my Flyer is printed "CLOG," "CLIMBING EQUIPMENT" and "KTG." The other side is printed with "Flyer," "Ø8.5-11mm," and a "Reading is Dangerous" icon.

Comments

The only differences between Versions and B are the finish and the three-letter code marking.

The following closely-related belay tubes include the Clog Flyer as an example:

Image Device Keeper High-end
Notch
Anpen Anpen Cable U
Brasovia Lightweight Brasovia Lightweight Cable U
Climb Axe Max Climb Axe Max Cable U
Climb X, Version A Climb X, Version A Cable U
Clog Flyer, Version A Clog Flyer, Version A Rod V
Clog Flyer, Version B Clog Flyer, Version B Rod V
Image Device Keeper High-end
Notch
Ellis Brigham Climb Ellis Brigham Climb Rod V
GrandWall GrandWall Cable U
Kailas Kailas Cable U
Kong Chuy Kong Chuy Cable U
KTD KTD Rod V
Mad Rock Max Air Mad Rock Max Air Cable U
Image Device Keeper High-end
Notch
Ocùn Tuber, Version A Ocùn Tuber, Version A Cable U
Ocùn Tuber, Version B Ocùn Tuber, Version B Cable U
Rock Empire Guard Rock Empire Guard Cable U
Simond Tubik Simond Tubik Cable U
 
 

Each of these is 55±1 mm. long and 47±1 mm. wide, and has a weight in the 54±3 g. range. Their slots are all 35±1 mm. long and 16 mm. wide. The main differences are that most have cable keepers and U-shaped notches on both ends, but some have rod keepers and V-shaped notches on the high end.

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 a high and a low end, 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.

Most of these have shallow U-notches at both ends. The Clog Flyer, Ellis Brigham Climb and KTD have V-notches at the high end, so I call these notched belay tubes. 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 on the others are 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.