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Unknown #1 Unknown #2 Unknown #3 Unknown #4
Unknown #1 Unknown #2 Unknown #3 Unknown #4

Overview


Unknown #1
(#1624)

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Technical Details

I acquired this tuber used on eBay in 2009.

This is a round tuber turned from aluminum alloy. It is 50 mm. long, 50 mm. wide, 37 mm. high, and weighs 50 g. The keeper is made from plastic covered, 1.8 mm. diameter stainless steel cable held in place by crimps in the dividing tube.

There are no markings on this Tuber.

Comments

The body of this tuber is the same size as the Latok Tuber and the small Lowe Tuber. Since there are no markings on this tuber, I cannot identify the brand. My best guess is that it is a Latok Tuber, since my other Latok Tuber has no markings either. All of my known Lowe Tubers are marked with the "LOWE" name. Of course, this could be a third brand.


Unknown #2
(#2849)

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Technical Details

I acquired this tuber from Tom Smith in 2021. The Unknown #2 is a round tuber.

This is a round tuber turned from aluminum alloy. It is 55 mm. long, 50 mm. wide, 38 mm. high, and weighs 62 g. The keeper is made from cord run through the center hole in the dividing tube.

There are no markings on this Tuber.

Comments

The body of this tuber is the same size as the Lowe Tuber II, Unknown #1. Since there are no markings on this tuber, I cannot confirm that this tuber is not one of those. It is possible that this tuber is a Lowe Tuber II that had Lowe markings that were worn off.


Unknown #3
(#2853)

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Technical Details

I acquired this tuber from Ron H. Clementi in 2021.

This is a round tuber turned from aluminum alloy. It is 49 mm. long, 57 mm. wide, 37 mm. high, and weighs 47 g. The keeper is made from plastic-covered 1.7 mm. cable run through the center hole in the dividing tube.

There are no markings on this Tuber.

Comments

This is similar to Unknown #1 except for the lack of color anodizing and using a clear vs. red plastic-covered keeper.

The body of this tuber is the same size as the Latok Tuber and the small Lowe Tuber. Since there are no markings on this tuber, I cannot identify the brand. My best guess is that it is a Latok Tuber, since my other Latok Tuber has no markings either. All of my known Lowe Tubers are marked with the "LOWE" name. Of course, this could be a third brand.


Unknown #4
(#3721)

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Technical Details

I acquired this tuber from Wild Gear Deals in 2022.

This is a round tuber turned from aluminum alloy. The outer rings have a male knurl. The tuber is 51 mm. long, 55 mm. wide (due to the cable crimp), 38 mm. high, and weighs 75 g. The keeper is made from 1.7 mm. cable.

There are no markings on this Tuber.

Comments

There are no markings on this tuber and it does not closely resemble any other tubers in my collection. I have no information to indicate where or when it was made, or who made it.

This tuber is heavier than most, but not excessively so. The extra mass helps keep it cool, but it will still get hot if used for rappelling. The knurling provides a good gripping surface. The internal diameter is larger than most, so it provide a bit less friction. Since it is not tapered, it does not have the low- and -high-friction positions that most tubers provide.