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Will the real ATC please stand up?

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, which is why you won't find the Black Diamond ATC griping about the wannabes. Built to handle ropes ranging in diameter from 7.7mm to 11mm, this simple but functional device handles belaying and rappelling with kink-free ease. And weighing in at a slim 60 grams, it's a must-have addition to your harness.

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3 5

Standard Belay Device

Simple piece of gear. I have one somewhere in my box of old gear from when I was new to climbing and didn't have a lot of money. Unless you're in that boat, go ahead and upgrade yourself to the ATC-guide. Skip the ATC-XP. Its not that much more money and you will want the extra features of the guide when you get into advanced techniques. The ATC-Guide moniker doesn't mean it is used exclusively by guides. Guides are just skilled climbers that do it so much they need to make money on the side to justify to themselves or to their spouses all of the time that they spend doing it.

4 5

Great Belay Device

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is Black Diamond's tube-style belay device.
The Good:
--Utterly simple to setup and use
--Works with any and all ropes on the market (single, double, twin, fat, skinny, etc.)
--Works as a rappel device, too
--Lightweight AND cheap
--No moving parts to service

The Bad:
--No XP grooves, which are handy for skinny ropes holding heavy climbers
--No Guide mode ring; for that you need an ATC-Guide

Every climber should have some sort of tube-style device. There's a reason that such things are almost universally known as "ATCs." It's cheap, it's reliable, and it does more for you than a Grigri. There's no excuse not to have one of these!

4 5

Great piece of equipment.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This belay setup is the way to learn. The ATC is an industry standard and (in my opinion) is the best way for a new climber to learn to belay safely. Eventually if you take to leading and multi pitch you will want to upgrade to an ATC guide or Grigri or equivalent but you will always carry this in your crag bag as a backup.

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Oh and as a side note, when I retired one a few years ago, I placed it in a very large vice and it took a lot more force to crush it than I expected.

Afternoon climb with my favorite gear

Afternoon climb with my favorite gear

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I have had several ATCs over the years and it is still my favorite piece of gear. My wife and I went climbing this afternoon in Ogden and I thought of three reasons why this is my favorite piece of gear:
1. Simple, easy to use from beginners to advanced climbers. This makes teaching beginning climbers fun and easy.
2. Affordable and durable. You don't need to pay a lot of moola for a quality belay device, this is it!
3. Fits a variety of rope sizes. I always have my ATC with me and because of its simplicity, light weight, and durability, I use it on most of my climbing outings.
If you don't have one already pick one up today, you will use it all the time and be amazed by its simplicity!

5 5

The basic, everyone should have one.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the best belay/rappel device there is. It is simple, lightweight, and everyone should know how to use it and have one. It doesn't matter if you have a grigri, this does the same job at a tenth of the price. If you are just starting climbing, get one of these to practice in the gym. At my local gym they rent the grigri for free, but this is still my choice.
Just remember that when rappelling it will get hot.

4 5

Classic and simple

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I typically use a Grigri for belay; but, always have an ATC for back-up or if we set up multiple routes and need another belay device. I always use this to clean since it does so well for abseiling.

That said, the BD ATC-XP does the same plus has a friction mode. For only 3 bucks more, I recommend the XP version. If you multi-pitch, get the guide version.

Great product, everyone should have an ATC. 4 stars because at this point, unless you only rap with it, you should just pay a few more bucks and get the ATC-XP

Classic and simple
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Even w/ the Friction side up, I find it tough to rappel on some devices like the reverso bc I'm short and don't weigh as much as normal ppl. This one was easy. I wonder if the ATC guide is just as smooth, I have that one, but also thinking about getting this just to rappel.

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Sherbert - These are inexpensive. If you think one would be beneficial for rapping due to your size, I'd say get one.

3 5

simple and solid

I'm not a fan because if's you are going outdoors, why wouldn't you want an ATC-XP? I would't like to lead belay with a normal ATC. we use this guys heavily at our work and after only a few year they get really sharp along the edges of the tube (which can tear up your rope). That aside, these guys are overall a good device, simple, and sturdy never had one break on us, absolutely a solid investment. I think the one advantage this one might have over the ATC-XP is for rappelling

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Even w/ the Friction side up, I find it tough to rappel on some devices like the reverso bc I'm short and don't weigh as much as normal ppl. This one was easy. I wonder if the ATC guide is just as smooth. Thinking about getting this just to rappel.

5 5

ATC!

This is a basic atc, it's very simple and gets the job done. Very easy to feed your rope through and most ropes will fit this device. Made with great quality and is very durable. I love the color options! Super good price too!

5 5

Nice Device

Nice belay device, does exactly what you would want from it with a good price.

4 5

Simple, cheap, effective

Your basic ATC. Not the best out there, but it gets the job done, and for the price you can't help but be satisfied with this handy device. I use a Grigri to belay, but I always keep one of these on my harness for short rappels and emergencies. I'd recommend it.

4 5

Classic ATC

It's simple, it's timeless, and it's pretty unsafe for most applications besides rap. Grab the Mammut manual belay device or simply invest in a grigri. I don't use it unless I'm abseiling. It shines in that regard. 5 star rappel, 3 star belay.

5 5

Simplistic and Dependable Belay Device

This belay device is dependable and you can always expect it to work. It is absolutely fantastic for rappelling. It also works great for belaying. Very lightweight and affordable.

Simplistic and Dependable Belay Device
5 5

BD ATC

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sometimes we just try too hard to make things more complicated then they need to be. Repelling is a breeze. This is the most simple and easy to use. Everyone should have one of these in their bag of tricks.

BD ATC
4 5

Simple, easy to use

This belay device is great for use on single pitch climbs. I have used more "sophisticated" belay devices but I appreciate how simple this is to use and how dependable it is.

5 5

Tried and true

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried a number of belay devices but I keep going back to this design. It just feels right.

5 5

Does the job!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Standard no-frills belay device that does the job flawlessly. Plus, it comes in three colors so we don't have to argue who's is whose.

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