New D4 MiniMe instant belay ledge

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deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 21, 2017 - 11:33am PT
Jeff Constine has put together a nice video of the new carbon fibre D4 MiniMe:


I will be building more prototypes of this super lightweight and simple yet useful concept of this instant belay ledge (patent pending). Looking for more product testers to help with the development process who can help pay costs ( $300 and I will cover the shipping from Australia), and provide photos and feedback. Email me at deuce4@bigwalls.net if interested. Comments welcome here as well.
way runout

Boulder climber
Poway
Nov 21, 2017 - 11:50am PT
Cool product concept, setup looks like a breeze.

Video would have been better if it had a selfie with Puck from the Real World, or something similar at the end.
WBraun

climber
Nov 21, 2017 - 11:51am PT
Dr. Brauner says .....

Order yours TODAY and avoid your kidney transplant that's gonna be needed from getting them crushed from all those years hanging in a harness ......

:-)

micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
Nov 21, 2017 - 11:54am PT
"Sleeps three comfortably."
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Nov 21, 2017 - 12:33pm PT
That was my my first time setting it up on the rock and I felt like a spaz and it still only took me 45 sec. The thing is super light. I second what Werner says, your kidneys will thank you.
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2017 - 12:44pm PT
Nice work, Batrock. I found that clipping only one side of the two side strap clip-ins when packing it up makes assembly easier, then there are no tangles—just pull it out and let it hang from one of the two side strap clip-ins, it all snaps together, then clip the second side attachment strap. Nice work on seeing immediately which way up! Cheers
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Nov 21, 2017 - 01:03pm PT
take my money now.
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2017 - 01:07pm PT
^Would love help with the development process, send me an email!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 21, 2017 - 01:08pm PT
WiFi? USB ports?
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2017 - 01:11pm PT
^2024 model will be made from chargeable carbon nanotubes with wireless charger. :)
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Nov 21, 2017 - 01:31pm PT
What is the total weight?
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2017 - 02:22pm PT
^weighs less than a litre of water--superlight! Carbon Fibre.
Mike.

climber
Nov 21, 2017 - 02:24pm PT
Ya lost me on the standing up thing. Designed for free climbing?

Love my $25 boogie board with back rest; don't care if it gets dropped, stolen, dragged up slabs. No setup, no storage sack. Too practical and comfortable to consider anything else for only belaying.

I liked the One Night Stand concept that Fish floated – a mini belay ledge that could be slept on.


vvv TFPU; this vid does a far better job of describing.
deuce4

climber
Hobart, Australia
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2017 - 02:35pm PT
^no *need* to stand, you can sit, or also curl up and lie down on it as well.

Here is a video of an early prototype:


...And if like the Fish OneNightStand (not the first mini ledge, by the way), you will love this design. What's not to like?: the D4 is cheaper ($300 vs $399), way lighter (about 5 pounds lighter), smaller packed-size (packs to 20" tall), and about a 1000x easier to set up and put away.
pell

Trad climber
Sunnyvale
Nov 21, 2017 - 02:44pm PT
Here in Russia we use couple jug steps (smthng like Metolius Easy Aiders).
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Nov 21, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
I got it down to a few seconds.
Ojai Alex

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Nov 22, 2017 - 07:45am PT
Rad product! I don’t see much comparison with the Fish ledge, this one is much smaller.
Would be really cool for multi pitch projects with hanging belays. And the small packed size means it can be hiked in if needed.
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Nov 22, 2017 - 08:13am PT
deuce4
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 21, 2017 - 01:07pm PT
^Would love help with the development process, send me an email!

I know! You're already sending me one! The one in the video to be exact! Exclamation point!
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 22, 2017 - 08:24am PT
...And if like the Fish OneNightStand (not the first mini ledge, by the way), you will love this design. What's not to like?: the D4 is cheaper ($300 vs $399), way lighter (about 5 pounds lighter), smaller packed-size (packs to 20" tall), and about a 1000x easier to set up and put away.

Apple and oranges. Good luck sleeping on the PortaJohn. Looks comfy!

A small piece of plywood would be just as good. Happy Holidays!
Ojai Alex

Trad climber
Ojai, CA
Nov 22, 2017 - 08:32am PT
Don’t be jealous, Russ. Take solace in the fact that ‘yours is bigger’.
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