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Overview


StarVersion A
(#673)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Trango Pyramid from Exkursion in 1994.

The Trango Pyramid is a square tuber. It is machined from 2024-T4 aluminum and has a plastic covered cable keeper. Mine is 51 mm. long, 84 mm. wide, 92 mm. high, and weighs 66 g.

The four sides of the Trango Pyramid are stamped "Trango," "READ," "MADE IN KOREA," and "INSTRUCTIONS," in that order.

Comments

The Trango Pyramid is much like the Lowe and Latok Tubers, but has been "squared off" so the rope channels are more rectangular than semicircular.

The Trango Pyramid has a small and large end. When rigged with the small end is next to the carabiner, there is more friction than when rigged with the large end there. I used the pyramid regularly until the Trango Jaws came out. I normally used two HMS carabiners with the pyramid to get just a bit more friction.

Trango provided the following advice on their web site:

You can rig the Pyramid two ways, with the narrow end against your locking carabiner, or the wide end against the locking ’biner. Over the past six years, we’ve found that in almost all cases, and with almost any rope or rope combination, the Pyramid will run smoother and stop falls faster when you rig it with the wide end against the locking carabiner. This is because the device tends to travel along the rope in the direction that the taper points (away from the locking ’biner-the retaining cable keeps it close enough) and the stopping power is determined by the angle that the rope makes around the ’biner.

If you are using a really stiff or fat rope, or if your ropes are iced up, it is easier to rig the Pyramid with the narrow end against your locker. In this case the stopping power is not compromised.

My experience supports this advice. This was my favorite belay device for a while, and it deserves a star: Star

Cultural Use

This Trango Pyramid is the appropriate device to hang on your post-apocalyptic substitute artificial Christmas tree.

Soldier, 1988, Warner Bros., starring Kurt Russell
Soldier, 1988, Warner Bros., starring Kurt Russell

StarVersion B
(#1633)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Trango Pyramid Version B from Zachary Britner in 2009.

Version B is 57 mm. long, 50 mm. wide, 97 mm. tall, and weighs 66 g. The heavy plastic-covered cable keeper enters holes in the side of the divider rod, and plugs pressed into the end of the rod hold it in place. Spacers pressed on the outside of the rod fit in circular gapes in the slots, allowing the keeper to rotate freely.

The front sides of this Pyramid is stamped "Trango" and the rear is stamped "MADE IN KOREA."

Comments

Version B has an improved cable keeper leaves perpendicular to the separator tube (i.e. downward) and swings more easily than the one on Version A. This one also deserves a star:Star


StarVersion C
(#2862)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Trango Pyramid, Version C from Kim Metz in 2021.

Version B is 56 mm. long, 51 mm. wide, 102 mm. tall, and weighs 68 g. The heavy plastic-covered cable keeper enters holes in the side of the divider rod, and plugs pressed into the end of the rod hold it in place. Spacers pressed on the outside of the rod fit in circular gapes in the slots, allowing the keeper to rotate freely.

The front sides of this Pyramid is stamped "Trango" and the rear is stamped "MADE IN KOREA."

Comments

Version C is a non-anodized variation of Version B.

This one also deserves a star:Star


StarVersion D
(#1690)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Trango Pyramid, Version D from Chloe Reeder in 2010.

Version D is 52 mm. long, 56 mm. wide, 102 mm. high, and weighs 69 g.

The front sides of this Pyramid is stamped "Trango" and the rear is stamped "MADE IN KOREA."

Comments

Version D reinforces the keeper found on Version B. This one also deserves a star:Star


StarVersion E
(#1645)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Trango Pyramid, Version E used on eBay from Thomas Carlsen in 2009.

Version E is 87 mm. wide, 50 mm. thick, 96 mm. tall, and weighs 81 g.

Version E is etched with "KOREA," a rigging illustration, "0109," and "Trango."

Comments

Version E is a cosmetic improvement on Version A, but I prefer the keeper design on Version D.

This one also deserves a star:Star