Whether I am leading an Intro to Rock or Ice Day or just out climbing with my friends the Mammut Smart is always with me in all seasons.
It is very easy to use and great because it can be used with one finger (but I wouldn't recommend that). The device doing most of the work in the brake position is great for those cold ice climbing days when it is a little bit harder to grip the rope, and the release is great. It takes a couple of times to get used to the release but what belay device doesnt.
I have had most of my friends use it and they all own them now and the ones that don't always want to borrow mine.
Price Paid: $29.95
For my first purchase of a belay device, I wanted something versatile, but user-friendly. Having only used the Petzl GriGri in the past, I needed something light weight and affordable, functional for both top-rope and leading, but intuitive for a novice. After discussing the options with some friends at my local REI, I was excited and most interested in the SMART. When my Dividend came out, it was mine.
The first time using it at my local climbing gym, I noticed that there was a learning curve, but it was very steep. The first thing I noticed is that when the device is new, it has the tendency to lock when feeding and taking-in rope, however - IT IS NOT AN AUTO-LOCKING BELAY. There are comments out there that it has this feature, but I feel it cannot be depended upon to do so.
As our climbing session went on, (whether wearing-in the device or getting used to its functionality) I found it fed very well and rappelled very smoothly at varying speeds. It held securely when I needed to and arrested falls very easily though dynamically with little pressure needing to be applied.
-Feeds differently from other belay devices (directly in front of the belayer rather than to the side), but is easy to get used-to
-Stops falls quickly but dynamically, requiring little pressure on the rope to arrest a fall
-Rappels very smoothly at varying speeds
-Easy to learn - could be used by a brand-new climber or expert alike
Overall, I look forward to years of use out of this device!
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The alpine version of the award-winning Smart can also be used with Half Ropes as well with Single Ropes, making it the ideal companion for all alpine rock andice pursuits When it comes to belaying, the Smart Alpine offers the same excellent qualities as the Smart: dynamic braking of the climber in an accidental fall, and locks even at low levels of force exerted by the user The Smart Alpine can also be used to independently belay one or two second climbers in an autolocking mode from the fixed point The device is also ideal for abseiling Black-red version for use with rope diameters of 8 9 to 10 5 mm Silver-red version for use with rope diameters of 7 5 to 9 5 mm
The Smart safety device has been specially designed to meet the needs of the constantly growing group of indoor and sports climbers. It dynamically brakes the climber in an accidental fall, and locks even at low levels of force exerted by the user. In situations where the user has a sudden shock, the function corresponds to the reflexive movement of the human body Suitable for all current HMS carabiners and simple ropes from 8.9 -10.5 mm in diameter Optimally suited for sport climbing, gym climbing, training/workout climbing and toprope climbing Made in Italy
For a soft catch and enhanced safety, choose the Mammut Smart Belay Package. The Smart belay device provides dynamic braking assistance and locks even when a low level of force is applied by the user. The Element Smart HMS locking carabiner has a safety gate that prevents cross loading and a twist lock gate that can only be operated when the safety gate is open.
Free Shipping. Mammut Smart Alpine Belay Device DECENT FEATURES of the Mammut Smart Alpine The alpine version of the award-winning Smart can also be used with Half Ropes as well with Single Ropes, making it the ideal companion for all alpine rock and ice pursuits Excellent qualities as the Smart Dynamic braking of the climber in an accidental fall, and locks even at low levels of force exerted by the user The Smart Alpine can also be used to independently belay one or two second climbers in an auto locking mode from the fixed point Ideal for abseiling Black-red version for use with rope diameters of 8.9 to 10.5 mm, Silver-red version for use with rope diameters of 7.5 to 9.5 mm The SPECS of the Mammut Smart Alpine Weight: 135 g, 125 g ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.