I've used an ATC-XP since I started climbing 12 years ago. I see no need for anything else. So simple a beginner could figure it out, yet solid enough to take some big whipper falls on it with no problems. The paint is wearing off, but with as much rope as has run through mine, that's to be expected. I bought this second one, not because I needed to replace my first one, but just because I was taking bigger groups out and needed some more rappel gear. My first ATC is still going strong after twelve years, so these things last.
black diamond makes some perfectly good ATCs. i've used this for sport climbing, rappelling, gym climbing. feeds rope through really nicely and the ridges on the belay-side of the ATC are perfect for gripping down on a rope. totally recommended.
I'm a recreational climber and have used this in the gym to great success. The color is awesome, it's smooth yet stops easily - a paradox yes? But still, that describes this ATC perfectly. And did I mention the color? Yeah, you'll get lots of compliments with this bad boy.
This is a simply designed, quality belay device. It's a nice step up from the standard ATC. The grooves add plenty of friction to provide a more effortless belay motion. Great ATC for beginner climbers as it's a simple design without any extra use. For advanced climbers, with multi-pitch routes, I recommend a more dynamic ATC.
This is a simple belay device that does what it is designed to do and can be relied on to get the job done. It does not offer all the abilities of a more sophisticated belay device but is very sufficient at the price for belaying up and down a sport climb.
As one of the leaders of a climbing club we bought a bunch of these to lend to new members who did not have their own gear yet. Almost every climber out there learns on an atc style device so we figured we'd get the tried and true BD atc. I personally have been using the atc guide for years and have found it to be the smoothest at giving slack to a leader yet it still maintains good friction force after the rope sinks into the teeth. Other brands of tube style devices that i have tried have a tendency to bind up on the rope when feeding slack to a leader and lead to short roping a clipping partner. I've also found the atc to deal with fat gym ropes better than its petzl counterpart. Overall the atc has been around for years and is a favorite among climbers for its do everything well capabilities. For a non auto assist device the atc has my vote!
Does everything the regular ATC does and it has the increased friction mode. Definitely helps if you're belaying someone heavier than you or for controlled decent when rappelling. As a bonus, if you don't need the added friction, just turn it around and use it and it will act just like the normal ATC. Definitely worth the couple extra bucks.
For single pitch climbs, this guy works like a charm. For taller climbs with multiple pitches, don't use this guy AT ALL and turn to its brother, the ATC guide. However, the teeth on this guy, like the guide bite the rope for added friction and security on big falls. It's light, easily handled, and performs great time after time. You'll be able to sue it for years on end before needing a new one.
I find the teeth on this ATC very helpful when belaying larger climbers. I never worry about the rope slipping and I can hold climbers comfortably while they rest. I belay a partner 1.5X my weight, and while a GRIGRI helps, I feel very safe with this ATC. It is also lower cost and lighter.
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