Belay/Rappel Devices

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Recent Belay/Rappel Device Reviews

Petzl Simple

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A good device for flexible ropes. The Petzl Simple is a good device. I borrowed a friend's to try it out, and later acquired one of my own. It works well with flexible rope, but not with stiff rope. It handles longer rappels better than a fig. 8. One of the best things about it is that it can be left on the harness between rappels so you don't risk dropping it. Full review

Petzl Stop

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Works best with flexible rope, the Stop locks down on the rope if your hand comes off the lever. Safe device with a long history of use in Europe for caving. I used the Stop in Europe to descend various caves over the course of a month. It is a good device, and allows for a free hand to clip into a belay station on rappel. This is very nice since the ropes in Europe are generally re-anchored multiple times on a rappel.   It is also fairly compact and lightweight compared to a stainless rappel rack. Full review

SMC Rigging/Descending Ring

rated 3 of 5 stars These are nice because they cost less than stainless rap rings. I used them to rig a cave once. Rigged several rappels with these so I could retrieve the rope. You would want these if you need light weight or are on a budget and need to set up a lot of rap anchors. Full review

Sterling Rope ATS

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Used the ATS to rappel into several caves. This device is lightweight and well designed. It handles 11mm rope surprisingly well for what it is. Used to rappel a 120' cave drop on 11mm static rope a couple times. I'd guess it would be great for canyoneering, as it has more friction options than a standard fig. 8.   I really liked the ATS, but it does get a lot more hot on fast rappels than my stainless rack. Full review

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

Top-Rated Belay/Rappel Devices

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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Simple reviewed May 6, 2015
$60 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Stop reviewed May 5, 2015
$122 - $143
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
SMC Rigging/Descending Ring reviewed May 5, 2015
$5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sterling Rope ATS reviewed May 5, 2015
$32 - $39
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Black Diamond ATC-Guide reviewed Aug 17, 2014
$22 - $29
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Base Camp ARC Belay Device reviewed Mar 24, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mammut Smart reviewed Mar 20, 2014
$30 - $49
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rock Empire R.E. Guard II reviewed Dec 29, 2013
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Rock Exotica MicroEight reviewed Oct 9, 2013
$21
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Petzl Reverso reviewed Aug 28, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Petzl Grigri 2 reviewed Aug 25, 2013
$80 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond ATC reviewed May 24, 2013
$13 - $19
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
CMI Rescue Rack reviewed Apr 25, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BlueWater Ropes Rescue 8 reviewed Apr 25, 2013
$40 - $41
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Cassin Piu 2 reviewed Jan 28, 2013
$28
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Faders Classic Figure Eight reviewed Nov 19, 2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (7)
Petzl Grigri reviewed Nov 7, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BlueWater Ropes Rappel Rack reviewed Sep 25, 2011
$5 - $41
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond ATC-XP reviewed Jul 13, 2011
$16 - $21
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Fuse Belay Device reviewed Jun 26, 2011
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Omega Pacific SBGII reviewed May 19, 2011
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trango Cinch reviewed Mar 4, 2011
$69 - $85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fusion Terminal 8 reviewed Apr 23, 2010
$28 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simond Toucan reviewed Jan 29, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Edelrid Eddy reviewed Sep 24, 2009
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Petzl Pirana reviewed Aug 24, 2008
$31 - $38
user rating: 0 of 5 (1)
Wild Country VC Pro 2 reviewed Jul 13, 2008
Black Diamond Big Air Package
$21 - $27
Black Diamond Big Air XP Package
$22 - $31
Petzl Verso
$18 - $29
Kong Hydrobot Descender
$46
Black Diamond Super 8
$12 - $15
Trango Jaws
$27
CAMP Ovo
$10
Mammut Wall Alpine Belay Device
$20
Mammut Crag Light Belay Device
$15
Omega Pacific Figure 8
$12 - $13
BlueWater Ropes Figure 8
$12
Mammut Nano 8
$12
Metolius BRD with Element Carabiner
$27
Mad Rock Figure 8 Large Belay/Rappel Device
$27
Petzl Unireverso
$45 - $55
Mad Rock Aviator
$14
Metolius BRD
$15 - $19
Petzl Micro Traxion
$95 - $110
Trango Pyramid
$20
Petzl Huit
$19 - $22
Petzl Huit Antibrulure
$20
Kong Indy Evo Descender
$150
Wild Country Variable Controller
$12
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