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Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device

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    Simple and ready to go.

    Get the full functionality of the finest crag gear without the unnecessary bells and whistles. The Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device demonstrates a commitment to simplicity and utility, which at least in part explains why it won Climbing Magazine's Editor's Choice Award. Capable of both high-friction and regular friction modes, the ATC-XP accommodates a wide range of rope diameters.
    • Item #BLD1398

    Tech Specs

    anodized aluminum
    Auto Locking
    Rope Diameter
    7.7 - 11 mm
    Claimed Weight
    2.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport cragging, alpine climbing, ice
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great Belay Device.

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I have this ATC and the Black Diamond Guide. I think its worth spending 10$ more to get the extra features of the Guide, but at the end of the day they both do what I need them to. This ATC works great with multiple sizes of rope. The extra rope control that the groves provide is really nice. Not much more to say, works great, High quality constructions, another great Black Diamond product.

    Great piece of gear for any climber

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    From the start, I could tell this was the belay device for me. The grooves for extra rope control and the overall versatility. Worth the extra grams in comparison to the non-Guide version. This is a great piece of gear for someone just starting to climb, but plans to get good quickly and expand that rack continuously. Currently living in Louisiana, but travel a lot. I'm about to move out West where this bad boy is going to get a lot more usage, so I will write a follow up review to further access the durability, but after a few uses, it still seems brand new. I think I've caught the Black Diamond bug. I've been stocking up on Black Diamond gear ever since I recognized the quality.

    Great piece of gear for any climber

    Go-To Rappel Device

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    When it comes to canoyoneering the ATC-XP has become my go-to device. It is very reliable, easy to use, and easy to explain when taking out first-timers.
    I use the high friction side when rappelling a single strand off of a block and the low friction side for a double-strand toss and go (because occasionally that is the best option).
    The light weight isn't essential but is a nice perk. Despite the lightness, the device feels solid and inspires confidence.

    Well, it does what it says it will.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Pretty basic ATC here. I like the grooves for some extra rope control for belaying and rappelling. It's a solid purchase for anyone just needing a good belay device.

    Go with ATC Guide instead

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This ATC only weighs a little bit less than the ATC Guide but has much less functionality. Unless you are 100% certain that you will never belay from above, it makes a lot more sense to go with the ATC Guide. This is a well made product, per se, but I see the lack of guide feature as a serious flaw.

    Great belay device

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I've been primarily using this with my wife when we go to the gym for some top rope climbing and it works like a charm. The gym has some thicker ropes and this device handles them no sweat. I used this device on a trip down to Zions in Pine Creek, Birch Hollow, and Subway (from the top) and it works great as a rappelling device as well. I recommend getting an actual rappel device, but this did work just fine for me.

    Awesome ATC

      I have used this ATC forever, it runs rope great! It makes a good rappel device and runs thick rope really good! Not my main belay device but normally what is hooked to my harness at the gym or mellow days outdoors. I would recommend this guy to anyone.

      Buy the guide!

      • Familiarity:I've used it several times

      I assumed that the guide had features that I wouldn't use as a beginning climber but I soon found that belaying from the top is useful in quite a few top-roping locations. Otter Cliffs in Acadia is a great example! I wish I'd gotten the guide and probably will soon.

      Simple, Easy

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      A great ATC with extra stopping power for those narrow diameter ropes that are used so often on glaciers and ski mountaineering objectives. But I honestly would just go with a Petzl Reverso or BD similar offering for the added versatility of auto-locking and top belaying. It's useful, but I want as many uses out of my rack with as little pieces, so this XP isn't quite there personally. But overall, if it's what you're looking for, it's a good product I think

      Good product

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      Haven't dropped anyone yet ;)

      But seriously. Works as good as an ATC needs to. High-friction mode is nice, but I think it's really more of a mental reassurance than anything, as I haven't noticed a difference in catching falls with/without it :)

      Go to belay device

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      As far as belay devices go this should be an industry standard. The grip teeth and the rope channel make it simple to keep your climber safe on the wall. Its light weight, durable, and looks great too. I have used it with all types or rope, as well as all types of climbing. Wether its top rope at the gym or sport at the crag this belay gets it done, hands down.

      I love this atc!!!

      I've had mine well over a year and would still give this little device 5 of 5 stars overall. The only problem is it isn't functional as a multi-pitch auto-locking device, but that's why its cheaper than the ATC GUIDE and Reverso.

      Awesome for cragging though! Love mine.

      (Pic-ON BELAY!)

      I love this atc!!!

      Upgrade for the original.

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I got the XP earlier this year after dropping my old ATC off a ledge half way of Devils Tower. I had the standard ATC before and I like this one better due to the two options. The high friction side is great to belay with or when on a tricky rap and being able to turn it around and have normal friction again is great. An excellent ATC, very happy with the performance and design.

      Does its job.

        I bought this and its exactly what you'd expect. Its an ATC. I like it because of the friction thing. I am a smallish person and all of my friends are grown men so the added friction. I just bought it to have my own belay device and it does what it needs to do. Its pretty lightweight and I like the orange color.