Assisted braking helps belayer protect climber when they fall and also makes descent easier. Owners have gone as far as to say it's the perfect belay device for top rope and lead belay.
Expensive. Make sure you know how to use this device, as it functions differently than a typical belay.
A durable device that will last for years. Requires very little force to hold a heavier climber so it's great if you're climbing with a partner who is significantly larger than you.
Not as smooth for belaying as it is for repelling.
Climbers appreciate the groove, as it makes belaying safer. Better for top rope rather than lead belay. Durable product for a lower price than brand names.
Good for climbing inside, but some owners feel hesitant about using it outside. Hard to fit larger ropes.
Features a figure-8 design that works well in a variety of conditions and a sturdy build that's made to last. Works well for rappelling. Some owners rave about how well it works for practicing aerial skills, too.
Smaller than some consumers expected.
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