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The black diamond ATC is one of the best belay devices I have ever used. The device is simple and yet very effective. The Black Diamond ATC is easy to use. The ATC is a must have for all climbers.
simple tool. have used with many rope diameters and in snow. teeth work well
It works great. The high friction side gives me a bit more control and options. I didn't really find any downsides to it.
how many ATC are there for 23.9?
how many ATC are there for 23.9?
$23.90 is the price of one single ATC-XP belay device. The picture is a stock photo showing the different color options.
I hope this helps.
simple, lightweight, the teeth also give you a lot better grip
Great Belay Device
Great friction for belaying the big boys.
I have no problem belaying someone much larger than me with this device. For the kiddies, I simply flip it around and use the low friction side. Great product, definitely a great improvement on the standard ATC.
Will the teeth on this device reduce the...
Will the teeth on this device reduce the life of my rope from continued use?
The teeth are smooth and rope wear won't be an issue at all. I suppose, theoretically, your rope is getting worn down by the friction of your gear (i.e. biners, belay device, etc), but at such a neglible rate that it would take much longer than the rated lifetime of your rope to create an issue. If you have rope wear issues, it won't be due to your biners or belay device...as long as you use them correctly, i.e. keep rope biners separate from bolt biners, etc. In other words, I wouldn't give a second thought to it.
Climbing in the Swell
Gets the job done, in style!
This is a great belay/rappel device for the price and it along the line of the new petzl reverso, but cheaper! It hold falls well with minimal slippage, but I do find that if you flip it around on the less friction side, it is a bit harder to control, but that is as expected.
They're pretty solid.
Do i get to choose which color I get when...
Do i get to choose which color I get when i buy?
No, but they are all shiny and awesome :D So, don't stress about it too much.
It was my first atc that I have bought. I took it down several canyons a few weeks ago and loved it. It never caught and it was a very smooth ride. I heard about this product from a friend who is an experienced canyoneer, and I am very glad I took his recommendation.
Pretty light, basic belay device. V groove works well with the option to reverse if your not a fan or dont need the extra grab
I'm still using the classic
I traded this in for a classic ATC. No matter which way I flipped the thing, the teeth always seemed catch the rope a little as I feed it... Just a preference thing I guess, the concept is pretty cool, just didn't work for me.
Great for cragging.
I like this better than the regular atc because I like having the option of using it in high friction mode for skinny ropes. But if you climb multi-pitch routes I would upgrade to the atc guide because it has the option of using it in self locking mode which this (atc-xp) does not.
Old Reliable - ATC XP
More friction for the skinny ropes. Flip it for smooth rapells on the fatties.
What are these grooves for?
Black Diamond has proved themselves bomber over and over again. But ... the v grooves are worthless. They just dig into your rope decreasing your rope life. Buy a Trango B-52.
I always feel good climbing above one of these. Catching is easy with it and makes soft catches easy. I would use this device over the GriGri any day, unless you can't see the climber or it is a super long pitch that is longer than your attention span.
The device does heat up quite a bit after a long rappel, not sure if this has any real damaging effects on a rope..?
Just the way it should
This has good teeth and is slick. No complaints. Tried other brands but BD is it!
The XP does exactly what it is supposed to do...the teeth on the belay add just the right amount of friction to any size rope in order to help you catch a fall or slow rappels. As long as the device is used properly, it will function perfectly.