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Petzl Reverso 3 Review

   

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  • Currently 3.9/5
Overall avg rating 3.9 of 5 based on 5 reviews. Most recent review: October 2, 2013
Street Price:   $33 | Compare prices at 1 resellers
Pros:  Lightweight, compact, smooth rope handling
Cons:  Not as durable as competitors, too much friction on ropes bigger than 10mm
Best Uses:  Autoblock belaying, lead climbing, rappel, fast and light climbs
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Recommendations:  75% of reviewers (3/4) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Petzl
Review by: Chris Van Leuven, Chris McNamara ⋅ October 2, 2013  
Overview
The Petal Reverso 4 replaced the 3 in 2012. The 4 is lighter, has a larger carabiner hole to help releasing it after being locked up. See our complete Belay Device Review to see how the 4 competes against the competition. If you still have the Reverso 3, don't worry. It's an awesome device and it's hard to tell that much difference between the Reverso 3 and 4.

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Chris Van Leuven, Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: October 2, 2013
Summary of All Ratings

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75% of 4 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
5 Total Ratings
5 star: 40%  (2)
4 star: 20%  (1)
3 star: 0%  (0)
2 star: 20%  (1)
1 star: 20%  (1)
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   Jun 19, 2013 - 11:34pm
alaska_climber · Skier · Eagle River, AK
This belay device after 1 day out had sharp edges appear in the tubes where the rope runs through… I was angry that sharp metal edges appeared in the tubes in contact with the rope… I feel I need to comment on this device because that was very uncool I felt that thus was not a safe condition!! So I threw it out after 1st use… Now I Use a BD ATC Guide or my old Reverso 2 (which this never happened on, in over two plus years of use). Petzl needs to never build another device that does this!

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 2, 2011 - 08:56pm
Frank Sanders · Climber · Devils Tower. Wyoming
Simply the Finest !!! Love them. (Don't use them with 10.anything mm. ropes.). Tried the others; this is the Best !!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 2, 2011 - 03:48pm
WML · Climber · Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Great for a season, but after that…see ya! They aren't kidding about sharp edges in the tubes appearing after rappelling, I bailed off of Venusian Blind (~1/3 of the way up) yesterday and that must have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

The performance, before it wears out, is outstanding. Had an ATC before this and performs similarly but much lower profile and not as bomber. Even for alpine routes, I'll suck it up and carry the ATC-Guide I will be picking up later today instead. Gotta keep that belay chain integrity at its highest, yo!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jan 30, 2010 - 07:30am
justindan45 · Climber · GA
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My favorite all around belaying device. Works well on long multipitch climbs because I can belay off the anchor. Super lightweight. Never used a rope bigger than 9.8 in it, can't comment on the too much friction issue. It does wear down quickly, one season is about it. Worth the money if you are doing autolocking anchor belays and concerned about weight. Not a good belay device for just sport climbing or single pitch all day trad. I prefer a gri-gri or BD ATC for day-day use.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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The Reverso 3 is extremely lightweight, versatile and smooth as a regular belay device, or in auto-block mode. It rappels smoothly, too.
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