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Black Diamond ATC Guide


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    10 Reviews


    How to make the best ATC better.

    The ATC Guide Belay Device is already worthy of any climber's arsenal, but Black Diamond made it even better for alpinists and crag-stars alike. It still transcends the tube/auto-blocking category, allowing for a standard belay as well as belaying one or two climbers off anchors. Black Diamond upgraded it with machined windows for a lighter weight, and the larger auto-block release accepts smaller carabiners for a smoother and more dependable operation.

    • Auto-block and tube belay device
    • Machined window
    • Larger auto-block release
    • Item #BLD00HS

    Tech Specs

    tube, auto-blocking
    Rope Diameter
    7.7 - 11 mm
    Claimed Weight
    3.1 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Tried and true

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was my first belay device and it is still going strong years down the line. It's always on my harness no matter where I go. It's most comparable to the Petzl Reverso and the main differences are the orientation of the auto-blocking loop on the back, weight, and rope size compatibility. Whether you like a horizonal loop like the Reverso or a vertical loop like the BD Guide is up to you. As for weight, the BD weighs more but is also more durable in the long run. Finally, the ATC Guide is best for average to thicker ropes. You might find that thinner ropes are harder to brake with the Guide rather than with the Reverso. Overall, a stellar device that every climber should consider.

    Bomber Device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There's a reason it's the go to belay device. Very simple and effective it's not only easy to use but very easy to teach others on. The option of auto-locking in Guide mode makes this great for belaying followers on multi pitch and it works great as a progress capture in crevasse rescue. Can't speak highly enough of this device

    Solid device

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great device for multi-pitch climbing.
    More durable than the Petzl Reverso 4, better with thicker ropes (9.5-11.0 mm), and creates less friction for the belayer in auto-block mode.
    The Petzl Reverso 4 is an ounce lighter, but the durability of the Black Diamond led me to believe this will last for years to come.

    Keep it simple

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this device. I have about a dozen belay devices including a GriGri and almost every form the Black Diamond ATC has come in.

    The key to this piece is the additional friction funnel on the side, and the anchor loop on the other side. These features make this device awesome for multi-pitch projects. Most especially I like the funnel on the side. It adds a little more resistance, and that helps when you are belaying someone who has a little more mass than you. This is a double edged sword, if you belaying someone who is very light the added resistance may be a catch instead of a pro.

    The added resistance also makes this enjoyable for long rope canyoneering projects. The kind that use 60-80 meters of rope, an additional system to manage the friction is very welcome.

    Its light, its simple, and its Black Diamond. Bomber.

    My Favorite

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this belay device - even more than my GriGri2. It feeds really nice and has versatile use. When belaying from the top sometimes the auto block lays sideways but it can be redirected if it really is impeding use. I have 2 of these in my gear bag.

    Who Needs A Gri Gri

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Despite the popularity of auto-locking and assisted belay devices, nothing can take the place of the classic ATC. Air Traffic Control has never been so easy and lightweight before. With the ATC Guide you don'y need to worry about rope diameter, it forces you to pay more attention to your climber, and is great for use while multi-pitching. So go ahead, save a few bucks, buy the ATC Guide instead of a Gri Gri or a Cinch, and take the extra money to buy your climbing partner something pretty. They'll give a better belay for it, guaranteed.

    What makes this better then the regular atc xp..