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Petzl Reverso
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Pros Lightweight, easy to unlock, great for belaying two skinny ropesEasy catch and hold, feeds slack smoothly, smooth lowering, handles ropes down to 8.5mmGreat for belaying seconds on multi-pitch climbs, durable, good valueThree belay modes in on device, affordable, stainless steel inserts for greater longevityCompact, safe and ergonomic way to pay out slack, a bit less expensive than GriGri
Cons Softer aluminum seems less durable, not ideal with ropes thicker than 9.5mmA bit clunky, can only use one rope, takes time to master techniquesHeavier than the ReversoSlightly heavier than competitors, assisted braking mode requires learning a new belay techniqueMethod of clipping to harness is counter-intuitive, unlocking device under tension takes some practice, easy to lower too quickly
Bottom Line Ideal for alpine environments where the ropes are slim and the ounces countBy far the most popular belay device in the world is also one of the very bestSimple, 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 deviceWith a little practice this device quickly became one we enjoy using, with few, if any, downsides
Rating Categories Petzl Reverso Petzl GriGri Black Diamond ATC Guide Edelrid Giga Jul Trango Vergo
Catch And Bite (30%)
5
9
5
8
8
Lowering And Rappelling (30%)
9
7
9
8
7
Feeding Slack (20%)
9
7
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8
Weight And Bulk (10%)
9
5
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5
Auto Block (10%)
3
9
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7
Specs Petzl Reverso Petzl GriGri Black Diamond ATC... Edelrid Giga Jul Trango Vergo
Style Auto-block tube Active assisted braking Auto-block tube Passive assisted braking Passive assisted braking
Recommended Rope Diameter 7.5 mm - 11 mm 8.5 mm - 11 mm 7.7 mm - 11 mm 7.8 mm - 10.0 mm 8.9 mm - 10.7 mm
Weight (oz) 2.2 oz. 6.3 oz. 2.8 oz. 4.3 oz. 7.1 oz.
Double Rope Rap? Yes No Yes Yes No
Belay off anchor? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assisted Braking? No Yes, active No Yes, passive Yes, passive
Warranty 3 year 3 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
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