Belay Devices & Locking Gates


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Assisted Belay device montage  © UKC Gear

Group Test Assisted Braking Belay Devices

Assisted-braking belay devices are popular for indoor and outdoor sport climbing, adding extra braking in the event of a fall and for lowering off and top roping. In this comparative review seven of the currently available models go head to head.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Edelrid GigaJul - basic set up  © UKC Gear

Edelrid Giga Jul

Billed as the most versatile belay device ever, the Giga Jul is the latest in a long line of belay devices under the Jul label. After six months of use we give the verdict here, especially with a view to how it suits UK trad climbing.

Click Up + from Climbing Technology   © UKC Gear
Click Up + from Climbing Technology   © UKC Gear

Climbing Technology Click Up+ Assisted Braking Belay Device

The Click Up+ is an updated version of the popular Click Up. Will we love the update as much as we loved the original?

Edelrid Bulletproof the set  © UKC Gear
Edelrid Bulletproof the set  © UKC Gear

Edelrid's Bulletproof Karabiners

The Edelrid Bullet was first introduced in 2016, and the range has since extended to include screwgates and HMS belay karabiners. We've had a selection on long-term test. Here's what we think.

ATC Pilot  © UKC Gear
ATC Pilot  © UKC Gear

Sneak Peak: Black Diamond ATC Pilot and Momentum Rock Shoe

In September Black Diamond and Visit Innsbruck teamed up to invite UKClimbing, among others, to the...

Ohm montage  © UKC Gear
Ohm montage  © UKC Gear

Edelrid Ohm

If there's a big weight difference between lead climber and belayer, the Edelrid Ohm offers a genuine safety gain. Rob Greenwood's initial scepticism...

Lowering on a 9.7mm single - the deep rope grooves give plenty of grip  © Dan Bailey
Lowering on a 9.7mm single - the deep rope grooves give plenty of grip  © Dan Bailey

DMM Mantis belay device

It's light, it offers loads of grip for secure belaying, and it works smoothly on a range of rope diameters - what's not to like? Dan...

Gri Gri Plus in use  © UKC Gear
Gri Gri Plus in use  © UKC Gear

Sneak Preview - Petzl GRIGRI+

On 25-26th January UKC were invited to the launch of the forthcoming Petzl GRIGRI+, which is due to hit the shops in April this...


Latest News

These are annoucements direct from manufacturers

Beal ORIENT EXPRESS screwgate karabiner  © Beal

Beal ORIENT EXPRESS Screwgate Karabiner

Beal ORIENT EXPRESS is a unidirectional screw locking karabiner designed for use with belay plates where the ropes pass through the karabiner.

Revo Rope  © Wild Country
Revo Rope  © Wild Country

Wild Country Revo - The first bi-directional belay device with a backup

The first bi-directional belay device with a backup. The Revo makes belaying simple, safe and more intuitive.

EDELRID athlete Tommy Caldwell putting the Giga Jul to use  © EDELRID
EDELRID athlete Tommy Caldwell putting the Giga Jul to use  © EDELRID

The GIGA JUL: A new innovation from EDELRID

The Giga Jul combines all the advantages of our best-selling Mega Jul with those of a standard tuber.

Birdie 2  © Beal
Birdie 2  © Beal

Beal BIRDIE - Compact belay device with assisted braking

Compact belay device with assisted braking for lead climbing or top rope. All metal construction,...

Mega k6g  © Grivel
Mega k6g  © Grivel

Grivel Twin Gate Carabiners

The Twin Gate is a safety revolution. The innovative design makes it a perfect snapgate or screwgate carabiner with the...

BE QUICK thumb  © Beal
BE QUICK thumb  © Beal

Beal BE QUICK karabiner

The Beal BE QUICK karabiner is particularly suited for frequent use as it is quick and easy to lock and unlock. It is very...

Edelrid Ohm  © Edelrid
Edelrid Ohm  © Edelrid

The Edelrid Ohm: A revolution

With the amount of interest that has been shown in our competition that is currently running to win 1 of 2 Edelrid Ohm...


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