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Wild Country VC Pro 2 Review

   
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Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 5 reviews. Most recent review: January 28, 2013
Street Price:   $16 | Compare prices at 1 resellers
Pros:  Light, compact, inexpensive, smooth handling.
Cons:  No major ones.
Best Uses:  Single to multipitch cragging, alpine, ice, intro to climbing.
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Recommendations:  75% of reviewers (3/4) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Wild Country
Review by: Chris Van Leuven, Chris McNamara ⋅ February 7, 2010  
Overview
Wild Country packs more features into the VC Pro 2 for $17 than competitors give you in their base model manual belay device. The VC Pro 2 is a great, compact, belay/rappel device and earns the medal as our Best Buy. If if you are looking for a device with more lowering control with thin ropes, consider the ATC XP or if you want a device with more friction when rappelling, consider the BRD. But if you are looking to get the most competitively-priced, durable/versatile manual belay device on the market, the VC Pro 2 is it.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
The VC Pro 2 is one of the most affordable manual devices tested and it still scores highly. It is light, compact, and provides excellent friction with its friction grooves. A standout feature of the VC Pro 2, in addition to its slim price tag, is the generous width of the tube stock used. This means that rap after rap this device stands up to more abuse without getting sharp edges than do other devices.

The VC Pro 2 packs in friction groove features at a great price. Its thick tube stock enables more rappel mileage. It handles much like the Black Diamond ATC XP but is lighter and more compact. It was in a close match with the ATC XP for being the best manual locking device for lead belaying.

Dislikes
There are no major gripes. Other devices might be better in particular applications. For example, the BRD was better for rappelling and lowering and the Black Diamond ATC XP was slightly preferred for lead belaying. But the differences were subtle.

Also, the VC Pro's teeth eventually wear out, not quite as fast as the Verso or Petzl Reverso 3, but we noticed them wearing down after a few months. This is not a huge issue, but it means that if you rappel and lower a ton you will notice wear fairly quickly and have to decide if you are okay or want to replace it.

Best Application
This is an all-around device that all climbers need whether they are just starting to climb or are experts. Even if you generally prefer an auto-locking device like the Cinch or Petzl GriGri, you will need a device like this for rappelling with two ropes.

Personal Stories
Chris Van Leuven says, "I took the VC PRO 2 up and down multi-pitch slabs in Yosemite. Pitches were long and each rappel was made with two 60-meter ropes. The VC Pro II never hung up when I was quickly throwing rope out to the leader. And, the VC Pro II had great friction control when rapping."

Value
At $17 the VC Pro 2 is incredibly well priced. It is $2 to $13 less than comparative devices that we tested. If you buy it in a specially priced package with the Wild Country Synergy, it is probably the best value for a belay device/locking biner combo.

Chris Van Leuven, Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: January 28, 2013
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75% of 4 reviewers recommend it
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5 Total Ratings
5 star: 40%  (2)
4 star: 0%  (0)
3 star: 40%  (2)
2 star: 20%  (1)
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   Jan 28, 2013 - 12:11pm
Kyle78269 · Climber
This thing is awesome. its cheaper than the rest and you can even get it along with a locker in one complete belaying package. I've got a 10.5 mammut apex that it feeds just fine through. (Much better than my Petzl Reverso 3) The only ding I can find is that the anodizing (the color) wore off of mine after only the first use but thats it. That eventually happens to all climbing equipment though. Get it, its a great deal.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 24, 2012 - 11:07am
surfstar · Climber · Santa Barbara, CA
Bought one for my sis to use - have to let her borrow my ATC guide for cragging b/c this thing feeds so poorly on a 10.0 rope. Always catching. Only recommended if you climb on sub 10 ropes. Lightweight and well-built but annoying as hell when you get short-roped due to the device not feeding easily.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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   Oct 18, 2010 - 09:44pm
gfdonc · Climber · Melbourne Australia
I've been carrying a VC Pro 2 for the last couple of years as my backup device for long routes - it's light and easy to carry. But, for my main belaying I prefer the ATC XP, as I find it feeds a little easier when paying out rope for a leader, and it raps just as well.

Also, one gripe - the plastic covering on the cable came partially off after relatively little use. Sure, it doesn't affect the function but I prefer the wire stays covered, plus both my BD devices haven't developed this issue after much more use.

For a light belay tube that is well priced, though, I would recommend the VC Pro 2.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Dec 23, 2009 - 02:24am
Moof · Climber · Orygun
No bells and whistles, just a tube style device that works fine. Friction is similar to a Jaws, but it is a little more compact and a fair amount cheaper. I find it feeds a little more poorly than the Jaws on thicker or fuzzed up ropes, but not bad enough to be and issue (probably best for 9.6-10.2mm ropes).

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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