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Petzl Stop

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Petzl Stop belay/rappel device

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.


  • Stops when your hand comes off the device
  • Easy to thread the rope while device is attached to the harness.


  • Stiff 11mm ropes are a problem
  • You must hold down the lever, which can cause fatigue on long raps
  • Skinny ropes may need an additional brake carabiner

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. Unfortunately, I don't get to use it much, as most U.S. caving ropes are stiff and don't work well in the device.  

Tip: Make sure to close the device for storage or while caving so you don't accidentally bend the cover plate.

Source: received it as a personal gift

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Price MSRP: $125.00
Current Retail: $149.95
Historic Range: $85.00-$169.95
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