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Top 17 Product Ratings

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Score Product Price Our Take
78
$160
Editors' Choice Award
Versatile assisted braking device with well-designed safety features
76
$110
Editors' Choice Award
By far the most popular belay device in the world is also one of the very best
73
$100
Top Pick Award
With a little practice this device quickly became one we enjoy using, with few, if any, downsides
73
$30
Best Buy Award
Simple, durable, and optimal value for multi pitch climbs
73
$50
Top Pick Award
A Top Pick because of its unique combination of three different belay modes in one small and convenient device
72
$35
Ideal for alpine environments where the ropes are slim and the ounces count
70
$145
Top Pick Award
Our Top Pick for Emergency Backup offers a super smooth belay and a great safety lock up mechanism
70
$200
Highly rated for anti-panic lowers and dynamic catches
69
$25
Smooth rope handling and a simple design all packed in to a mere two ounces
69
$22
Low price pairs well with the basic tube style design and reliability
64
$90
A good option for longer routes where you want something more compact than a GriGri
59
$40
Lightweight and cost effective while leaving us with intrigue for its evolution
58
$140
Ideal where weight is not a consideration
58
$45
A great value which provides more security than a "tuber"
58
$45
A great option for gyms to place on their toprope setups and for single pitch craggers looking for a cheaper option
56
$50
Ideal for experienced climbers who are quick to respond to rope management subtleties
55
$80
Perhaps a bit too complicated for its purpose: smooth and simple functionality