Reviews for Cubik
Average Rating : 4.67 out of 5
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Lots of friction but super smooth
Review by: Valarc, 2007-07-10
The rope openings on the cubik are, in a word, huge. That means this thing is super easy to feed. Even on old fuzzed 10.8mm gym ropes, it handles like a dream. However, because it has deep V shaped friction grooves, there is no loss of holding power. The cubik might not lock off quite as securely as a trango jaws, but it's far more secure than an ATC. You'll have no problem belaying people twice your weight if you're using a cubik.
The only disadvantage for the cubik is availability. It's hard to find in the US, so if you want to get one in the states you'll probably have to order online. I got mine through barrabes.com - it was expensive when you factor in the value of the dollar and shipping, but well worth it for such an awesome device.
Review by: snorro, 2004-08-31
The best b/r device i've owned! It's got more wire lenght than other devices and makes for easy paying out! Not good for beginners because it doesn't offer as much friction and requires a little more attention as you get used to it. Wear is a problem, but whatever, 20$ per summer, I can handle that...
Review by: daisuke, 2003-04-04
This belay device is a welcome addition to anyone's rack, I owned mine for about 1½ years before I finally lost it at a gym. The variable friction action is different from other similar devices like the trango jaws or the ATC-XP, in that it's harder to get confused about which side you want to use.
The friction on the high friction side of the device is somewhat lower than other devices mentioned, yet still completely acceptable. As opposed to the other devices however, it makes for a very good rapell device with fast decents, something I cannot say is true for the ATC-XP. The wear from lowering and belaying begins to wear at the rotation axle after sustained use, but it appears to be solid aluminum and it shouldn't be regarded as a weight bearing structure anyway.
All in all a superior alternative that should be seriously considered when shopping for a variable friction rap or belay device