photo: Petzl Simple belay/rappel device


Price MSRP: $59.95
Current Retail: $69.95
Historic Range: $52.46-$69.95


A good device for flexible ropes. The Petzl Simple…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: borrowed it


A good device for flexible ropes.


  • Able to thread rope while device is still attached to harness
  • Fast getting on rope or off
  • Better wear characteristics than a fig. 8
  • Doesn't twist the rope like an 8


  • Heavier than a fig. 8
  • No brake like the Stop
  • May need a brake carabiner for smaller 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.

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