/ Simond Karo belay device

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LastBoyScout 14 Dec 2018

Has anyone used one of these?

https://www.decathlon.co.uk/karo-red-id_8495255.html

Thinking of buying my Dad a new belay device for Christmas and saw this in Decathlon earlier.

Mainly going to be used indoors 

Thanks 

Tim Davies 14 Dec 2018
In reply to LastBoyScout:

found it very slick to use and certainly not as good as a reverse, ATC or similar. 

Only use it to belay my daughter now. 

 

Ron Rees Davies 14 Dec 2018
In reply to LastBoyScout:

A bit sticky with thicker ropes, and the ''self locking" thing is a bit of a gimmick when you still have to hold the dead end, but otherwise it's a good belay plate for single rope use. I really like mine for indoors/sport. 

Hyphin 15 Dec 2018
In reply to Ron Rees Davies:

> the ''self locking" thing is a bit of a gimmick when you still have to hold the dead end, but otherwise it's a good belay 

 

Just like any other belay device, where you should keep hold of the dead end if you've got someone on the live end. 

The facility makes it easier to hold a climber resting on a route, again the same as more technical assisted braking devices. 

Ron Rees Davies 15 Dec 2018
In reply to Hyphin:

>makes it easier to hold a climber resting on a route,

Really? I find the process of locking it off and unlocking whilst still holding the dead end all the time to be far more trouble than just holding the dead end tight as normal. 

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