Belay devices are possibly the most important piece of climbing equipment.
Without belay devices, most other climbing gear becomes a bit useless! A belay device is usually the first piece of climbing gear that most people buy, so it's important to get the best one for your needs. Most belay devices have two slots in the top, for belaying with two ropes when trad or winter climbing, but are also completely at home using single ropes when indoors or sport climbing. Belay devices with grooves for the rope to sit in usually give more 'bite', great if you're belaying a partner much heavier than youself.
DMM's Bug is a great all rounder; a belay device that is equally at home down the climbing wall as it is out on the grit and it even works well on wet ropes. This classic design features a large surface area that dissipates heat when lowering or abseiling, and the smooth-handling geometry accommodates rope sizes from 8.5 mm to 11 mm.
With multiple friction modes and a versatile design that's ideal for any climbing situation, the Black Diamond ATC-XP is the evolution of the classic Air Traffic Controller (ATC). The ATC-XP's grooved high-friction mode offers three times greater hold and stopping power, while its geometric, fluid design reduces rope kinks when lowering your partner or abseiling.
The VERSO is Petzl's lightest belay and abseiling device with Adaptive Rope Control technology. Ultimately a simplified version of the REVERSO offering a lighter and more compact option for climbers looking to further reduce the weight and size of their rack of gear. The asymmetrical V-shaped grooved friction channels adapt the friction for better control using the ARC technology
Black Diamond's most versatile belay/rappel device, the Black Diamond ATC-Guide is now even lighter thanks to windows machined through the body. They have also enlarged the auto-block release hole to accept a small karabiner. Multiple friction modes provide the optimal amount of stopping power when lowering or rappelling, and the device's guide mode lets you belay one or two seconding climbers off an anchor.
A versatile, lightweight belay/rappel device The rope slots are engineered to increase friction on the rope. Designed for Single or double ropes. Cooling fins help to dissipate heat more efficiently and cool the device. Hard anodized for longer wear.
A great combination of the versatile Bug belay device and the Belay Master karabiner designed to make belaying as safe as possible. The extra plastic gate of the Belay Master not only prevents it from accidentally rotating and therefore cross loading but it is also impossible to close without the screwgate being fully closed. The Bug belay device is simple but effective, and suitable for 8.5 to 11mm ropes.
The new Reverso 4 is the latest in a long line of incredibly popular and versatile belay devices. With this newly lightened Reverso, you can belay on single and double ropes, abseil and bring up two seconding climbers at once using the incredibly functional guide mode. Petzl's ARC Technology means you get great control across the whole suggested range of rope diameters.
Edelrid's most versatile belay and abseil device - An assisted-braking device with a difference! It can be used to belay a leader or top roping climber on single, double or twin ropes, as well as having a 'guide mode' for easily bringing up two seconds.
These have been so popular they've gone out as quickly as they've come in!
The Universo system is comprised of an Attache 3D karabiner and a Verso belay device, joined by a unique connector. This connector is free to move up and down the spine of the karabiner, ensuring slick taking in/paying out of rope, but holds the Verso in its ideal orientation, preventing cross loading or inversion.
The Grigri 2 took a tried and tested device and made it significantly smaller, lighter and more compact. Suitable for ropes from 8.9mm all the way to 10.3mm and now weighing in at only 170g, it's a great assisted braking belay device for sport climbers indoors and out.