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Best Climbing Belay Device
Best Climbing Belay Device
Searching for the best climbing belay device? In the past 10 years, we've tested over 26 different...

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How to Choose a Belay Device for Rock Climbing - Click for details
How to Choose a Belay Device for Rock Climbing
In the early days, "climbing" meant mountaineering, and a "belay device" was merely your body...

by Andy Wellman, Cam McKenzie Ring, & Jack Cramer

Petzl GriGri
Petzl GriGri
The Petzl GriGri is an active assisted braking device that has long been the gold-standard for...

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Petzl Reverso
Petzl Reverso
The Petzl Reverso is one of our favorite belay devices for multi-pitch climbing. It's the lightest...

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Edelrid Giga Jul
Edelrid Giga Jul
The Edelrid Giga Jul is a new and improved version of the older Mega Jul, and we think it is...

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Petzl GriGri+
Petzl GriGri+
The Petzl GriGri+ is the best active assisted braking belay device for most climbers and feels...

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Black Diamond ATC Guide
Black Diamond ATC Guide
The Black Diamond ATC Guide is a tough belay device and provides the best value for multi-pitch...

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Edelrid Mega Jul
Edelrid Mega Jul
The Mega Jul from Edelrid is considered a "passive" assisted braking belay device. Its modified...

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Trango Vergo
Trango Vergo
The Trango Vergo is a device with similar advantages to the GriGri, but doesn't require locking...

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Mad Rock Lifeguard
Mad Rock Lifeguard
The Mad Rock Lifeguard is an active assisted braking device that is a good option for those...

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Black Diamond ATC Pilot
Black Diamond ATC Pilot
The last few years have seen the release of several new or updated "passive" assisted locking...

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Mammut Smart 2.0
Mammut Smart 2.0
Mammut redesigned the passive locking Smart device for 2018, and our testers were impressed with...

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Black Diamond ATC XP
Black Diamond ATC XP
The Black Diamond ATC XP is one of our favorite manual belay devices and provides an excellent...

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Wild Country Revo
Wild Country Revo
The Wild Country Revo is a complicated looking belay device that actually performs very simply in...

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Edelrid Eddy
Edelrid Eddy
The Edelrid Eddy has been around for a while but has yet to gain much popularity. Compared to the...

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Petzl Verso
Petzl Verso
The Petzl Verso is one of two basic tube belay devices we included in this review. It's the...

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Camp Matik
Camp Matik
The Matik is an active assisted braking device from Camp that costs double that of some similar...

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Climbing Technology ClickUp +.
Climbing Technology ClickUp +.
The Climbing Technology ClickUp + is a passive assisted braking device that is an update to their...

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Edelrid Ohm
Edelrid Ohm
One of the things we like about Edelrid is that they are taking real issues in climbing or with...

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Trango Cinch
Trango Cinch
Discontinued While the Cinch is no longer available, we have a number of other belay device...

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Mammut Smart Alpine
Mammut Smart Alpine
The Mammut Smart Alpine has been discontinued as of 2020. The Mammut Smart Alpine is one of the...

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Kong GiGi
Kong GiGi
No, this isn't a GriGri. The Kong GiGi was the first auto blocking belay device on the market...

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Mammut Smart Belay Device
Mammut Smart Belay Device
The Mammut Smart is one of the lightest and lowest priced assisted-locking belay devices on the...

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Black Diamond ATC
Black Diamond ATC
Unless you started climbing only within the last several years, chances are you've owned a Black...

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DMM V Twin
DMM V Twin
The V Twin has been discontinued. We recommend you check out our Top Pick Award winner, the Black...

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Wild Country VC Pro 2
Wild Country VC Pro 2
Wild Country discontinued the VC Pro 2 in 2016. Wild Country packs more features into the VC Pro...

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Mad Rock Mad Lock
Mad Rock Mad Lock
Discontinued Product The text in this review reflects our assessment of belay devices in 2009. The...

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