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JLundeen

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 30, 2016 - 06:51pm PT

Made by fixe, pretty sure I just was weighting the cam, didn't fail due to a fall.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Oct 30, 2016 - 06:55pm PT
Weighting it for aid they won't fail, but they have a space age design to fail on hangdogs....
7SacredPools

Trad climber
Ontario, Canada
Oct 30, 2016 - 07:54pm PT
Disturbing to be sure.
I use the ones made by Totem as I think they're better made. Hope that's true.
Matt's

climber
Oct 30, 2016 - 08:09pm PT
i had a fixe alien fail the exact same way. The american importer (kevin daniels) very kindly sent me a replacement. Others have not been so lucky.

The fixe aliens are now distributed in the us by the shoe company 5.10 (!), so maybe you can talk to them?

and yes, the totems are built better, and as the previous poster mentioned, they attach the lobes onto the axle in a better way.

best,
matt
Edge

Trad climber
Betwixt and Between Nederland & Boulder, CO
Oct 30, 2016 - 08:13pm PT
Appears to be a defective Axl.

Same thing happened to Guns N' Roses.
couchmaster

climber
Oct 30, 2016 - 08:29pm PT
^^^ LOL ^^^^ Funny stuff Edge!

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.
"Made by fixe, pretty sure I just was weighting the cam, didn't fail due to a fall. "
Bad Climber

Trad climber
The Lawless Border Regions
Oct 30, 2016 - 08:32pm PT
L.O. Phreakin' L. Edge.

You kill.

BAd
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Oct 30, 2016 - 10:58pm PT
whoa, that blows!

I think one of mine may be FIXE.

thx for the post up Jim, I'll check my gear.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Oct 31, 2016 - 03:57am PT
Metolius, great gear made in Oregon!!👍
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Where Safety trumps Leaving No Trace
Oct 31, 2016 - 05:31am PT
I use bolts instead of even considering those items.
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Oct 31, 2016 - 06:21am PT
Well, the heads aren't completely popping off this time... still got three good cams there...

Progress.
Da-Veed

Big Wall climber
Bigfork
Oct 31, 2016 - 06:47am PT
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

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 31, 2016 - 07:34am PT
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.
couchmaster

climber
Nov 1, 2016 - 05:17am PT

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?
JLundeen

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2016 - 07:36am PT


Did you do the new knot toss or did more bolts show up?

Knot toss. I used the beta to tension to a hook, then throw from there. I got it first try, on what I thought was a bad throw when it left my hand
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