A couple weeks ago I fell on the black Alien, it held. Then cleaning a Green it broke! The only reason I fell on the black is because the tiny Metolius pulled. Aliens certainly have better holding power for aid, Metolius slips pretty easily when weighted. I carry both sets (offset). I was always a Metolius guy, being from Bend and all, but for anything bigger than the grey Alien I use Totems, fer sure.
JLUNDEEN, Were you aid climbing and it failed like that just under BODY WEIGHT? That cam looks fairly new. Fixe is coninuing the CCH traditon it appears.
The cam didn't fail in a sense that it pulled from the rock. I remember French freeing on it through the zig zags on halfdome. I didn't leave the cam for pro, but I do remember thinking there was something wrong about it after I clipped it back to my harness.
When racking up later that week I noticed it was completely broken.
The Zig Zags? Holy crap, I'd be crapping my pants, that's one of those places in the valley you'd want your gear to not be falling apart. If I remember, some spots would be real clean falls and some would be the near opposite of clean. Wonder if Fixe will continue the CCH Alien customer service tradition and blow it off and/or blame the user for it falling apart. Looks like the nut came off.
Did you do the new knot toss or did more bolts show up?