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Pros Gradual camming action, anti-panic lowering handle, easier for leftiesEasy 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 Expensive! Heavy, not quite as smooth as a GriGriA 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 Highly rated for anti-panic lowers and dynamic catchesBy 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 Camp Matik Petzl GriGri Black Diamond ATC Guide Edelrid Giga Jul Trango Vergo
Catch And Bite (30%)
9
9
5
8
8
Lowering And Rappelling (30%)
7
7
9
8
7
Feeding Slack (20%)
6
7
9
7
8
Weight And Bulk (10%)
3
5
8
7
5
Auto Block (10%)
7
9
5
4
7
Specs Camp Matik Petzl GriGri Black Diamond ATC... Edelrid Giga Jul Trango Vergo
Style Active assisted braking Active assisted braking Auto-block tube Passive assisted braking Passive assisted braking
Recommended Rope Diameter 8.6 mm - 10.2 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) 9.7 oz. 6.3 oz. 2.8 oz. 4.3 oz. 7.1 oz.
Double Rope Rap? No No Yes Yes No
Belay off anchor? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Assisted Braking? Yes, active Yes, active No Yes, passive Yes, passive
Warranty 3 year 3 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
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