User Review: Black Diamond ATC
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: retail
Belayed thousands of people on this tube.
- Good price
This belay tube device does exactly what it's intended to do for a great price. I have been using BD's ATC for 12 years. I have belayed thousands of people on my high rope challenge course, and I've never had a problem with one of these. No, they don't last forever, and you do have to replace them over time, but that's with any piece of equipment.
Companies continue to try and come up with the perfect belay device. Frankly, I feel some of these "improvements" make for lazy belayers--creating a false sense of security by saying it will lock if the belayer makes a mistake.
If you don't know how to use one of these devices, find someone who does. No one should be belaying without some qualified training. Most climbing gyms and adventure challenge programs offer classes.