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Trango Vergo
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Pros Compact, safe and ergonomic way to pay out slack, a bit less expensive than GriGriAnti-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 8.5mmGreat for belaying seconds on multi-pitch climbs, durable, good valueThree belay modes in on device, affordable, stainless steel inserts for greater longevity
Cons Method of clipping to harness is counter-intuitive, unlocking device under tension takes some practice, easy to lower too quicklyExpensive, switching modes can be annoying, panic handle locks up easilyA 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 technique
Bottom Line With a little practice this device quickly became one we enjoy using, with few, if any, downsidesVersatile assisted braking device with well-designed safety featuresBy 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 device
Rating Categories Trango Vergo Petzl GriGri+ Petzl GriGri Black Diamond ATC Guide Edelrid Giga Jul
Catch And Bite (30%)
8
9
9
5
8
Lowering And Rappelling (30%)
7
8
7
9
8
Feeding Slack (20%)
8
7
7
9
7
Weight And Bulk (10%)
5
4
5
8
7
Auto Block (10%)
7
9
9
5
4
Specs Trango Vergo Petzl GriGri+ Petzl GriGri Black Diamond ATC... Edelrid Giga Jul
Style Passive assisted braking Active assisted braking Active assisted braking Auto-block tube Passive assisted braking
Recommended Rope Diameter 8.9 mm - 10.7 mm 8.5 mm - 11 mm 8.5 mm - 11 mm 7.7 mm - 11 mm 7.8 mm - 10.0 mm
Weight (oz) 7.1 oz. 7.1 oz. 6.3 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, passive Yes, active Yes, active No Yes, passive
Warranty 1 year 3 year 3 year 1 year 1 year
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