Belay/Rappel Devices

Recent Belay/Rappel Device Reviews

Black Diamond ATC-Guide

rated 5 of 5 stars So you have that buddy that's reaching walrus territory. I mean he is really packing on the flub, that asks you..."How bout a climb this weekend?" With the Black Diamond ATC Guide your skinny ass doesn't have to worry. Putting the brakes on the walrus.... no prob! Love you ATC Guide! Full review

Edelrid Mega Jul

rated 4 of 5 stars + : Blocking device, comfortable in one-pitch routes and indoor - : One more operation to do when belaying a second After a few days to get used to the blocking system, it is really great (the very first times, the lowering is a bit difficult and irregular). It is still possible to lower fast, and when rappelling, no more need of a Prussik. Nice design and lightweight. Seems quite solid even though lightweight. I am using it almost every day for three months and nothing to regret. Full review

Edelrid Mega Jul

rated 5 of 5 stars This device does everything. I have not encountered a single situation in climbing that the Mega Jul could not handle smoothly and easily. It can and will replace basically anything else you currently use as a belay/rappel device. EASE OF USE: Everything that this device claims to do, it does. It is perfect for belaying a leader, feeding out rope effortlessly. When used for toproping, the tuber-mode is still smooth and just as simple as your ATC. Belaying a second is also very easy, and the diagrams… Full review

BMS Micro-Rack

rated 5 of 5 stars The BMS Micro rappel rack is one of the best rappel devices for cave use. It lasts a long time due to the stainless steel construction. Not many pieces of gear last in caving. This one does. After seven years I may have to replace a bar soon. Not only does the device last, but it works very well. I have used it to rappel down countless deep cave systems, covered it in mud and sand, and it still works. Full review

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

Edelrid Bud added Jun 9, 2019
$20 - $29
Petzl Grigri+ added Mar 29, 2019
$136 - $160
Mad Rock Wingman added Mar 27, 2019
$13 - $16
Mad Rock Safeguard (Springless) added Mar 27, 2019
Mad Rock Small Rescue 8 added Mar 27, 2019
Black Diamond ATC-Alpine Guide added Jan 27, 2019
$27 - $29
Petzl I'D L added Oct 17, 2018
Black Diamond Big Air Pilot Package added Apr 11, 2018
$58 - $64
Black Diamond ATC Pilot added Mar 26, 2018
$40 - $44
DMM Mantis added Oct 16, 2016
Trango Vergo added Aug 26, 2016
$85 - $99
Wild Country Pro Lite added Aug 8, 2016
Mad Rock Lifeguard added Aug 1, 2016
$72 - $89
Kong Oka added Jul 26, 2016
Grivel Shuttle added Jul 9, 2016
Sterling Rope SR Rigging Plate added Jun 20, 2016
Sterling Rope SR R8 Rescue Figure 8 added Jun 20, 2016
DMM Pivot added Jun 3, 2016
$35 - $42
Edelrid Jul 2 added Jun 3, 2016
$33 - $34
Petzl Micrograb Rope Grab added May 26, 2016
Grivel Master Mono added Jun 19, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
BMS Micro-Rack added Jun 14, 2015
Grivel Master added Feb 25, 2015
Mad Rock Figure 8 Large Belay/Rappel Device added Nov 9, 2014
Mammut Nano 8 added Sep 24, 2014
Mammut Rappel Kit added Sep 24, 2014
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite added Jun 23, 2014
Mammut Crag Light Belay Device added May 25, 2014
Kong Indy Evo Descender added May 25, 2014
Kong Ghost added May 24, 2014
Mammut Wall Alpine Belay Device added May 17, 2014
Petzl Unireverso added May 14, 2014
$27 - $60
Climbing Technology Alpine Up added May 13, 2014
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
Rock Empire R.E. Guard II added Dec 29, 2013
Grivel Master Pro Belay added Dec 10, 2013
$22 - $41
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Edelrid Mega Jul added Apr 6, 2013
$36 - $68
Edelrid Micro Jul added Apr 6, 2013
$36 - $39
BlueWater Ropes Ranger Belay Device added Dec 27, 2012
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (1)
Faders Classic Figure Eight added Nov 19, 2012
CAMP Figure 8 added Sep 27, 2012
$10 - $13
Mammut Bionic Alpine Belay added Sep 15, 2012
$31 - $34
Advanced Base Camp Mini Figure 8 added Apr 6, 2012
Petzl Micro Traxion added Feb 20, 2012
$110 - $130
DMM Buddy added Feb 20, 2012
Petzl Reverso 4 added Jan 23, 2012
$26 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sterling Rope ATS added Oct 5, 2011
$36 - $39
Mad Rock Aviator added May 30, 2011
$9 - $16
Mammut Smart Alpine 8.9 - 10.5 added Feb 3, 2011
Kong Rescue 8 Aluminum Polished added Feb 3, 2011
Kong Rescue 8 Aluminum Anodized added Nov 24, 2010
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