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Stubai

Version A Version B
Version A Version B

Overview


Version A
(#507)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired this eight from Speleoshoppe in 1995.

Version A is milled from aluminum alloy plate and then hard anodized. Mine is 114 mm. tall, 95 mm. wide, and 10 mm. thick. The rope hole is 38 mm. high and 52 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 10 mm. The shaft length and width are 37 mm. and 24 mm., respectively. The eye measures 20 mm. by 25 mm. The ears are 14 mm. long. Version A weighs 104 g.

One side is stamped with a mountain logo, "STUBAI," "KN-22," and "AUSTRIA."

Comments

The Stubai is a typical example of a "mini" size figure eight with ears. It is small and the ears don't get in the way. The rope hole is shorter than normal, so it may provide too much friction on stiff or muddy ropes, but generally I like this eight. If an eight must have ears, this eight shows one way to design them to be unobtrusive. The Stubai is identical to the AustriAlpin Eight Special.


Version B
(#1416)

Front Rear
Front Rear

Technical Details

I acquired my Stubai, Version B on eBay from Hawill’s Ltd. in 2014.I acquired another on eBay from Steven Leo in 2018.

Version B is milled from aluminum alloy plate and then hard anodized. Mine is 114 mm. tall, 92 mm. wide, and 10 mm. thick. The rope hole is 38 mm. high and 53 mm. wide. The top center thickness is 10 mm. The shaft length and width are 37 mm. and 25 mm., respectively. The eye measures 20 mm. by 25 mm. The ears are 14 mm. long. Version B weighs 108 g.

The front of the shaft is stamped with "G," an image of a mountain, "STUBAI," and "AUSTRIA."

Comments

The only dfferences between Versions A and B are the markings and, of course, the color.

The one that I acquired in 2018 is gray and has a "K" rather than a "G" stamped into the shaft.