Belay/Rappel Devices

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Rock Exotica
Petzl
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Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

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

Top-Rated Belay/Rappel Devices

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Black Diamond ATC-Guide
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond
ATC-Guide
reviewed Aug 17, 2014
$25 - $29
Advanced Base Camp ARC Belay Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Base Camp
ARC Belay Device
reviewed Mar 24, 2014
$23
Mammut Smart
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mammut
Smart
reviewed Mar 20, 2014
$25 - $49
Rock Empire R.E. Guard II
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rock Empire
R.E. Guard II
reviewed Dec 29, 2013
Rock Exotica MicroEight
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rock Exotica
MicroEight
reviewed Oct 9, 2013
$21
Petzl Reverso
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Petzl
Reverso
reviewed Aug 28, 2013
discontinued
Petzl Grigri 2
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Petzl
Grigri 2
reviewed Aug 25, 2013
$80 - $99
Black Diamond ATC
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond
ATC
reviewed May 24, 2013
$17
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CMI
Rescue Rack
reviewed Apr 25, 2013
BlueWater Ropes Rescue 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BlueWater Ropes
Rescue 8
reviewed Apr 25, 2013
$40 - $42
Cassin Piu 2
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Cassin
Piu 2
reviewed Jan 28, 2013
$28
Faders Classic Figure Eight
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Faders
Classic Figure Eight
reviewed Nov 19, 2012
Petzl Grigri
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (7)
Petzl
Grigri
reviewed Nov 7, 2012
discontinued
BlueWater Ropes Rappel Rack
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BlueWater Ropes
Rappel Rack
reviewed Sep 25, 2011
$4 - $41
Black Diamond ATC-XP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond
ATC-XP
reviewed Jul 13, 2011
$17 - $19
Mammut Fuse Belay Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut
Fuse Belay Device
reviewed Jun 26, 2011
discontinued
Omega Pacific SBGII
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Omega Pacific
SBGII
reviewed May 19, 2011
$20 MSRP
Trango Cinch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango
Cinch
reviewed Mar 4, 2011
$86
Fusion Terminal 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fusion
Terminal 8
reviewed Apr 23, 2010
$28 MSRP
Simond Toucan
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simond
Toucan
reviewed Jan 29, 2010
Edelrid Eddy
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Edelrid
Eddy
reviewed Sep 24, 2009
$130
Petzl Pirana
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl
Pirana
reviewed Aug 24, 2008
$30 - $37
Wild Country VC Pro 2
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Wild Country
VC Pro 2
reviewed Jul 13, 2008
$17
Black Diamond Big Air Package
Black Diamond
Big Air Package
$22 - $26
Black Diamond Big Air XP Package
Black Diamond
Big Air XP Package
$26 - $29
Petzl Verso
Petzl
Verso
$18 - $29
Petzl Stop
Petzl
Stop
$112 - $140
Kong Hydrobot Descender
Kong
Hydrobot Descender
$37
Petzl Simple
Petzl
Simple
$60
Black Diamond Super 8
Black Diamond
Super 8
$16
Trango Jaws
Trango
Jaws
$27
 
Wild Country
Lite 8
$13
Mad Rock Mad-Lock Belay Device
Mad Rock
Mad-Lock Belay Device
$16
Mammut Wall Alpine Belay Device
Mammut
Wall Alpine Belay Device
$25
Kong Ghost
Kong
Ghost
$29
Mammut Crag Light Belay Device
Mammut
Crag Light Belay Device
$19
Omega Pacific Figure 8
Omega Pacific
Figure 8
$14
BlueWater Ropes Figure 8
BlueWater Ropes
Figure 8
$11 - $13
 
CAMP
Figure 8
$14
Mammut Nano 8
Mammut
Nano 8
$15
Metolius BRD with Element Carabiner
Metolius
BRD with Element Carabiner
$27
Petzl Unireverso
Petzl
Unireverso
$55
Mad Rock Aviator
Mad Rock
Aviator
$16
Metolius BRD
Metolius
BRD
$16 - $19
Petzl Micro Traxion
Petzl
Micro Traxion
$100
Trango Pyramid
Trango
Pyramid
$20
Sterling Rope ATS
Sterling Rope
ATS
$32 - $39
Petzl Huit
Petzl
Huit
$16 - $22
Petzl Huit Antibrulure
Petzl
Huit Antibrulure
$20
 
Climbing Technology
Alpine Up
$100
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