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Safe climbers trust the Metolius BRD Belay Package.
- Item #MET0247
- Q & A
Now, for all I know the belay device could be the best thing since hot pockets, but I can say from experience that the biner is garbage. For same money, you can pick up a way better biner and an ATC.
I like it, I agree with Ben, it does have a lot of friction which can lead to bouncy belays when lowering a climber. I have gotten used to it and its smoother now though. I do like it for rappelling and it is pretty compact.
Overall a good set. Almost too much friction though...mainly depending on the rope. This causes, for me at least, a little loss of overall control...not in that it is unsafe but in that it sometimes lends to those bouncy belays when lowering a climbing buddy, while other ATCs seem to produce smoother results. Could just be me though.
Definitely a good value after all is said and done.
This is my first belay set up, and I am very content with it. The carabiner is a little small, but definately beefy enough to do the job. The ATC is great and brakes really well. For small hands or for someone looking for a compact belay set up, I highly recommend this. It's a good bargain as well.