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 Post subject: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:45 am 
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I am looking to buy a tre belay device. Anybody buy one and find that they don't like it and maybe want to part with it?


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 9:45 am 
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I also want one of these and have been looking for a while.
Anyone else? Maybe if we are a group we can convince RAM (they used to bring them in) to get some.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:25 am 
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I don't think they are on the market anymore.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:49 am 
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I saw someone using one of these in Boven - very intriguing.

Anyone used one? What are they like to use?

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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:52 am 
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Gogga...did much research prior to 1 October. Care to guess why....

TRE stands for Thomas, Roland, Erwin.
Company Tre doesn't exist anymore.
Products are at the most available from old stock through internet.

http://www.rocterra.com/products/tre.html

Good luck


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:01 am 
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Great belay device. Versatile trad/sport/rappell. Good friction almost auto belay like gris-gris. Easy to use. Swear by it. PPl seem to either love it or hate it tho. I dropped mine so I bought a second hand one recently. Can't get them anymore. It's a shame 'cos it's a great design.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 11:15 am 
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How much are you guys willing to pay for a 2nd hand one, seeing that they are not available anymore?


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:31 pm 
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Thanx Hann... did not know that and did not know bout you're research. :-) thanx for trying.

Wosot... Are you selling to the highest bidder?


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:08 pm 
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I would be right behind you guys there, second (or third) in line for a TRE (please let us have it if it is going to lie in the cupboard collecting dust!).

I'll look at a second hand one...

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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:26 pm 
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If you specifically need it for double rope, shame.

But otherwise get a zap-o-M@ i mean zap-o-mat. Its basically a single rope Tre, as far as i know they bought the Tre design...

Cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:31 pm 
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I will post a picture tomorrow in this thread then you guys can have a look at it and make me a offer i cant refuse :thumright


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:35 pm 
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The last ones the country were sold out on special for R100 - (I think!) :thumright

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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:41 am 
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Definitely willing to pay more than double(triple) that for a second hand one.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 7:15 am 
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... so, I've been using my Tre for a few years. It's a great piece of gear. (sorry RW, Gus and lelikegogga, I'm not selling.)

But I've come to wondering why production of the TRE was stopped.

- Judging from posts on this and other forums, there is still demand for the product
- I'm not aware of any UIAA safety warnings about the device, and
- Tre-Pfullingen appear to still be in operation.

Does anybody know why production was stopped, and why other producers haven't bought the design?

(Fixe bought the Alien design - why hasn't someone done this for the Tre? ... and no, the Zap-o-Mat doesn't count).


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 9:35 am 
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As far as I understand Tre-Pfullingen didn't sell enough TRE Sirius devices to make a profit, so they sold the patent on to Edelrid.
Edelrid in turn decided not to bother with a 2 rope device (incidentally the main reason I don't buy anything edelrid until they do).

In the meantime I'm quite happy with my Mammut Alpine smart belay device.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 10:00 am 
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Its not the Tre but this thing looks super interesting.

Watch the video on that page for more info.

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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:34 am 
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@ Stefan - thanks for the info. Relieving to know it was a profitability thing and not a safety issue. (And I agree with you that Edelrid are wasting that patent by not selling a two-rope version).

@Not - Thanks for the links. Interesting device, with a similar 'camming' action to the Smart - i.e. device rotates around 'biner to pinch the rope. I've seen one of these in action before - the abseil/lower mechanism seems a bit awkward, having to apply lateral palm pressure ( whereas GriGri/Cinch/Tre/Smart all use a more natural downward pull ). I'd want to testdrive one of these before making a firm decison.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 12:10 pm 
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Yip. the Tre was a great device. and my feeling is that it was actually a bit complex to get used to--at first, I didn't like it, but once i got the hang of it, I fell in love. Mine's still going strong, and I'm not selling. As Gustav once remarked to me--giving a new climber a Tre to belay with is like giving a learner driver a Porsche.
So I think the main reason they fell out of favour with the market is probably that people tried them once, didn't like them, and then they got a bad rap. having said that, anyone who owns a Tre raves about them.
Probably they should have done more marketing, not along the lines of "It's a great device" but rather--try it, and you'll see that you'll like it.
Having said that, it was basically three buddies who came up with the concept and started a company to manufacture their product. No company can make it from just one product, especially if that product is a belay device (go check how many karabiners you own vs how many belay devices you own).

all of that is moot, though, as I have tried my utmost to get more Tre's, and apart from 2nd hand ones, it seems like they aren't to be had.
Pity, that.


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 Post subject: Re: Tre Belay device
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 1:18 pm 
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They should have anodized it, then we would have bought it in droves :jocolor:

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