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Recent Belay/Rappel Device Reviews

Black Diamond ATC-Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars Besides being quite lightweight, the ATC-Guide is a very nice evolution from the ATC. The ability to belay directly off of the anchors is so great that you will go "wow" if you have never belayed a second off of the anchors. It will lock off, and that really helps in keeping the second safe. It's easy to incorporate it into the anchor system, and it's quite easy to rappel from either double or single line rappels. Full review

Advanced Base Camp ARC Belay Device

rated 5 of 5 stars Great friction, holds great. Full review

Mammut Smart

rated 5 of 5 stars Easy to use in a very similar way to a traditional belay plate, but with added security. I wanted an assisted braking belay device to give my wife more confidence in lead belaying. The Smart is just what I needed as it operates in a very similar way to a traditional belay plate but gives added security of assisted braking. It's very light to carry and quick and easy to set up with no moving parts to the device. The lowering and paying out action is slightly different to a plate device but not too… Full review

Rock Empire R.E. Guard II

rated 1 of 5 stars This belay device jams only slightly while belaying a lead in the gym, but it impossible to use while belaying a second in guide mode. The jamming is so bad that I think the product is dangerous. At first glance this looked like a normal belay device that can be used in guide mode. Just about everyone makes one now, and this was half the price of the rest of the belay devices I saw in Hudy Sport near Masarykovo nadrazi in Prague 1, Czech Republic. I got it to use in Sumava and in Cesky Krumlov during… Full review

Rock Exotica MicroEight

rated 4 of 5 stars Light and versatile, like a spare tire, you don't know it's there until you need it. I bought this as a part of my bailout kit to replace an SMC mini eight I had dropped in the snow. I carry a self evac. kit to rap out of a stuck chair lift so it sits in my pack 99.9%. I carry all screw lock biners (I know it's old school) and this does not fit any of them! I wound up getting another SMC to replace the one I lost and now use this in my hammock suspension kit. It works great for quick adjustments… Full review

Petzl Reverso

rated 3.5 of 5 stars For 7 years, I've used this for all three functions, belay, rappel, and in guide position. Love it! Except... I've used this device for at least 7 years and do love it. I've taken my time growing into it and will always have one on my harness. I love using it on multi pitches as it is a very fast switch from guide to standard belay as your climber passes.   The drawback is I don't like the release for guide position. Meaning the release when belaying up my climber and (for some reason) there is… Full review

Petzl Grigri 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great belay device. Ease of use:  Very easy to use. Difficult for left handers. Makes belaying more relaxing especially when the leader sepnds heaps of time falling or just hanging around. Features: Auto locking belay device. Construction and Durability: Very hard wearing. Never heard of one wearing out ever. Full review

Black Diamond ATC-Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars Great overall product, performs like it should with no snags or problems whatsoever. This is a truly straightforward device that can be used by the most novice belayers, like all other belay devices of its kind, the biggest advantages it has are: first, the high friction mode, which will allow the rope to lock even under heavy strain without the need of making excessive amounts of effort on the belayers side; second, the ability to anchor it and belay a seconding climber with ease. I've used the… Full review

Petzl Grigri 2

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Excellent auto locking belay device. The Grigri is ubiquitous, you see them everywhere you go, and for good reason.  It's just about as good as a belay device can get for toproping and sport climbing.  It's expensive, but worth the price in the end for the ease of use and the peace of mind. First, it's easy to use. It has engraved simple instructions on the side of the device, and it's easy to see how it works with the locking cam if you pull up on the climber's side of the rope. Just run the… Full review

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