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Pros Anti-panic handle, top rope and lead modes feed smoothly, wide range of rope diameters (8.5 - 11mm)Easy catch and hold, feeds slack smoothly, smooth lowering, handles ropes down to 8.5mmCompact, safe and ergonomic way to pay out slack, a bit less expensive than GriGriGreat for belaying seconds on multi-pitch climbs, durable, good valueThree belay modes in on device, affordable, stainless steel inserts for greater longevity
Cons Expensive, switching modes can be annoying, panic handle locks up easilyA bit clunky, can only use one rope, takes time to master techniquesMethod of clipping to harness is counter-intuitive, unlocking device under tension takes some practice, easy to lower too quicklyHeavier than the ReversoSlightly heavier than competitors, assisted braking mode requires learning a new belay technique
Bottom Line Versatile assisted braking device with well-designed safety featuresBy far the most popular belay device in the world is also one of the very bestWith a little practice this device quickly became one we enjoy using, with few, if any, downsidesSimple, durable, and optimal value for multi pitch climbsA Top Pick because of its unique combination of three different belay modes in one small and convenient device
Rating Categories Petzl GriGri+ Petzl GriGri Trango Vergo ATC Guide Edelrid Giga Jul
Catch And Bite (30%)
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Lowering And Rappelling (30%)
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8
Feeding Slack (20%)
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Weight And Bulk (10%)
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Auto Block (10%)
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Specs Petzl GriGri+ Petzl GriGri Trango Vergo ATC Guide Edelrid Giga Jul
Style Active assisted braking Active assisted braking Passive assisted braking Auto-block tube Passive assisted braking
Recommended Rope Diameter 8.5 mm - 11 mm 8.5 mm - 11 mm 8.9 mm - 10.7 mm 7.7 mm - 11 mm 7.8 mm - 10.5 mm
Weight (oz) 7.1 oz. 6.3 oz. 7.1 oz. 2.8 oz. 4.3 oz.
Double Rope Rap? No No No Yes Yes
Belay off anchor? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assisted Braking? Yes, active Yes, active Yes, passive No Yes, passive
Warranty 3 year 3 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
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