Metolius BRD w/ Locking Carabiner

Metolius BRD w/ Locking Carabiner is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 6.
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Product Description Item No.   10020643

Package includes the BRD and a belay carabiner by Metolius.

With the creation of the BRD, Metolius achieved a simple, safe and bombproof belay / rappel device. The principle behind the BRD is very simple: as the load of a falling climber is applied, the carabiner is pulled into the scientifically engineered rope slots and the rope is squeezed between the carabiner and the BRD. The result is that a tremendous amount of friction is generated, allowing the belayer to easily catch long, hard falls with relatively light hand pressure. For rappelling, the BRD will give you a relatively slow and controlled (and we feel safer) rappel. If the rappel is moving too slowly, you can re-orient the device for a speedier descent. The BRD is both versatile (single or double ropes) and lightweight. The ergonomic horn gives enhanced control while lowering and rappelling. It is easy to operate, has a high strength-to-weight ratio and doesn't kink ropes. With its enormous stopping power and slower, more controlled rappel, we feel the BRD is clearly the safest plate-style device that has been made. Yet another shrewd product from Metolius that has been made safer by design!

FEATURES of the BRD with Carabiner by Metolius

  • Belay Carabiner
  • Single or double rope compatible (8 mm to 11 mm ropes)
  • Increased thermal mass and cooling fins to dissipate heat
  • Hard anodized for longer wear
  • CNC machined from 6061 T-6 aluminum
  • Cooling fins to dissipate heat more efficiently
  • Available with or without the Element locking carabiner


  • Weight: 2.9 oz. (82 g)

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hate the device, hate the biner The device itself in this combination is horrendous. It's hard to feed, sticks with fatty ropes, and has a "my kid put this together" feel. Also, the carabiner is probably my least favorite locking carabiner on the market that I have tried. It takes a long time to screw it into the locked position, way longer than other screwgates and is fairly small when it comes to the actual pear-shape end; hence clove hitching a rope becomes difficult. Props to Metolius for providing a locking biner to it's belay device for ensured safety among beginning climbers which this device is clearly aimed towards, but c'mon guys. Can't you do better?
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Its a Drag (But Not Really) Bought this because I wanted to see if their claim about having high friction scientifically engineered rope slots (no joke look at their product description) had any merit. I climb with my girlfriend a lot and I figured any help I could give her catching me was to my advantage.,,,,Well I have to say whatever they did it freaking works the friction is incredible with very little force. She has a very easy time catching, holding, and lowering me.,,,,We tested it with her only feet from the ground and I could easily hold her with only a thumb and a finger (Don't try this at home kids) ,,,,That being said there is a lot of friction so you do loose some "feel" on the rope which I don't love and it takes a bit of extra effort to pull slack out for lead climbing.,,,,Overall I like it though and it is exactly as the describe slow and safe which isn't a bad thing
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works! I have yet to rappel with this device but on belay duty it does just fine. I'm a little skeptical as to the actual effectiveness of the super awesome "cooling fins". Either way, it performs properly and makes speedy catches and it's pretty thrifty deal as well.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This is a fairly ok idea, and not very well executed. It's just not easy to use. Tough to feed the rope through, biner is unwieldy and locking device takes a long time to lock. ,,I guess it would be good for teaching beginners how to belay and rappel, but for anyone experienced, this is a waste of time and effort.
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for the price... Does the job...fat caribiner for maximum rope bearing surface. Heat fins on ATC prolly more gimick than reality...but overall a nice package
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Killer combo for the price.. Silky smooth on the action, doesn't heat up very much..
Date published: 2014-06-05
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