What's Available - Simple Belay Devices

Here is a round-up of currently available belay devices. This is not a gear review, but we have listed simple belay devices with the blurb from the manufacturers here. The belay devices shown are not auto locking or assisted locking, and do not have 'Guide modes' for bringing up two seconds. They are simple devices akin to the traditional sticht plate. They all take two ropes with the exception of the Edelrid Jul, which is a single rope device. Also worth noting is that the RRP for the Metolius device includes a carabiner.

Looking for a new belay device? Thinking of buying your climbing partner a Christmas present? This list of belay devices might give you a helping hand.

Wild Country VC Pro 2 (RRP £17.00)

Wild Country VC Pro 2, 17 kb
The VC Pro 2 has been designed to complement the diverse activities of the modern climber and is adaptable across a wide range of disciplines.


DMM Bug (RRP £12.00)

DMM Bug, 37 kb
This is a great all rounder; a belay device that is equally at home down the climbing wall as it is out on the grit. It even works well on wet ropes.


Black Diamond ATC XP (RRP £19.99)

Black Diamond ATC XP, 51 kb
With a high-friction mode for extra stopping power and machined windows for weight savings, the ATC-XP is a super-versatile belay/rappel device.


Mammut Element Light (RRP  £14.00)

Mammut Element Light Belay, 55 kb
Very lightweight belay device based on the tube principle; suitable for double, half and single ropes from 7.5 to 10.5 mm in diameter. The V-shaped grooves permit controlled retention of drops even at low manual force as well as controlled lowering of the climber.


Petzl Verso (RRP £20.00)

Petzl Verso, 17 kb
Petzl’s lightest belay/rappel device with adaptive rope control technology

The VERSO is a simplified version of the REVERSO. The asymmetrical V-shaped grooved friction channels adapt the friction for better control using our ARC (Adaptive Rope Control) technology.


C.A.M.P. Shell (RRP £13.00)

CAMP Shell, 32 kb
The CAMP Shell is deceitfully simple. Forged from 6082-T6 aluminum, the Shell has thicker walls than other tube style belay devices for good durability and heat dissipation.


Metolius BRD (with carabiner) (RRP: £28.00)

Metolius BRD, 37 kb
A versatile, lightweight belay/rappel device. Rope slots are engineered to increase friction on the rope. Single or double rope compatible. (8 mm to 11 mm ropes). Cooling fins to dissipate heat more efficiently. Hard anodized for longer wear.


Edelrid Jul (RRP: £15.00)

Edelrid Jul, 6 kb
Stylish single rope belay device with a unique two-component construction. Ideal for sport climbing and climbing walls.

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