The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Latok Tuber Tubular Belay Device

1982

The Latok Tuber allowed for single or double rope rappelling and belaying     Photo: Courtesy of Equip

In the early 1980s Jeff Lowe got the idea to create a single device that would be equally effective for belaying and rappelling. His goal was to eliminate the disadvantages of a sticht belay plate, which continually jammed up during rappels, and a Figure 8 rappel device, which twisted and kinked his rope. His designed a metal tube with a metal cable attachment point, which was not only more effective than its predecessors but considerably lighter as well. Lowe never patented the design, and as a result the tubular belay device design is still made by numerous manufacturers.

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