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Hybrid Aliens

Hybrid Aliens

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Hybrid Aliens

Manufacturer: Colorado Custom

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Page By: Dan Dalton

Created/Edited: Mar 19, 2007 / Mar 19, 2007

Object ID: 2879

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Product Description

They'rrre heeerre - CCHALIENS HYBRID ALIENS are regarded as the aid climbers best friend due to there amazing ability to plug into thin cracks, pin scars and pockets. You'll find HYBRID ALIENS become a regular part of your free climbing rack as well due to their unique ability to make solid placements in radical flaring cracks. Pairing different size cam lobes together on opposite sides of the flexible cable stem allows HYBRIDS to fit cracks with both pairs of cams engaged at the optimum (mid point) position rather than having to "force fit" a standard cam into a flare. This assures faster and higher strength placements for leader and also easier removal for your partner. Contemplate this - most cracks flare more than you may realize (which is why spring loaded cams work so well in the first place) - if a standard cam works pretty well in moderate flares, then the reciprocal is true - ALIEN HYBRIDS will work equally well in parallel cracks and have the distinct advantage of secure placements in flares. Check 'em out - you'll be amazed at how often you'll prefer placing a HYBRID ALIEN. Each CCH Cam is tensile tested at the factory and also UIAA tested and approved. 2 new sizes will benefit both free and aid climbers fitting rattly fingers to second knuckle sized cracks!

(text courtesy of Mountain Tools)


HYBRID ALIENS feature different size cam lobes on opposite sides of the flexible stem. Placed in a 20 degree flaring crack, both cams are equally compressed (expanded) for the highest placement strength possible. More radical flares (up to 30 degrees?) can be accommodated and require the smaller cam lobes to be compressed more fully while the larger lobes are closer to "maxing out".


no size-range wt width strength color price
(inches) (gm) (inches) (kN/lbf) (US$)

1 .33-3/8 60 1.40 8/1800 blk/blu 59.95
2 3/8-.5 65 1.40 9/2025 blu/grn 59.95
3 .5-.75 68 1.30 12/2700 grn/yel 61.95
3+ .61-.78 71 1.30 12/2700 yel/gray 61.95
4- .78-.86 73 1.30 12/2700 gray/red 61.95
4 .75-1.0 76 1.30 12/2700 yel/red 61.95



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Voted 5/5

Esp. for aid and esp. in funky pin scars - nothing else seems to measure up IMHO. Only complaint (as for all Aliens) is durability of trigger wires....they just don't last too long (2-3 years?). Pisses me off as they don't seem easy to replace.
Posted May 15, 2008 7:34 pm

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