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If you're tired of digging through a pile of belay devices to match the rope choice and type of climbing you're doing today, then get the Petzl Reverso 3 to do it all. Whether you're running a fat single while projecting a sport route or taking thin twin lines into the alpine, the Reverso 3 provides a solid catch with deep V-shaped notches. Petzl also designed this belay device to lock automatically when you're belaying a second from the anchor so you can multitask at the 12th pitch hanging belay without putting your partner at risk, and the Reverso's quick-release loop lets you release tension on a fallen climber without needing a PhD in Physics.

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love this device

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought a reverso 3 as a first device and as a beginner without having an idea how to use it, but after climbing for a year using it both inside and outside Im glad i went for this, it definitely does the trick have caught many falls with this.

Great Belay Device!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The Petzl Reverso 3 is one of the best belay devices out there. I get plenty of braking friction but it is still smooth all of the way through. I haven't gotten a chance to use the autoblock on it, but I'm sure it works just like the one on the Reverso 4. Still not as light as its younger brother , the reverso 4, but packs just as much function.

Being Belayed With a Reverso on Classic Andromeda Strain

Canadian Rockies, Winter Free Ascent.

The Reverso 3 Rocks! To be able to belay the second hands free off the anchor is the way to go! Just make sure your anchors are bomber! Take a pee, eat, drink, shoot photos...do it all while keeping the second safe!

Photo Copyright: Stephen Koch Collection

For more on this climb: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6pTYH_CNq8

Being Belayed With a Reverso on Classic Andromeda Strain

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Finaly got a pic using it as an Auto-Blocking belay device.

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Doubled up

Double lined for single pitch clean.

Doubled up

Great Belay Device

    The device performs exactly like it is advertised. I wish there were a bit more attached in the way of instructions, but I was able to find a great tutorial online explain all of the different aspects of the device. What more can be said as far as a belay device? It belays like a champ!

    Great Device, a PhD in physics still helps for releasing a fallen climber!

      Overall, this is my favorite belay device due to its performance and its versatility. The only caveat I would add is that, while the quick release loop makes it easier to release a fallen climber -- especially if you use it as an attachment point for a cord running through your master point, it can still be difficult, especially if the terrain is steep, and/or the climber is heavy. With a 275 lb guy I found that I had to set up a runner going through the master point, back down to my harness so that I effectively had a 2 to 1 pulley to unlock the device.

      Great Device

        This is a great very versatile belay device. works smoothly in guide mode and just as well off the harness. Doesn't jam on repels and has a sweet color selection. What else could you want from a belay device.

        Maybe not

          I bought this specifically for multi pitch climbs so I could belay from up top with the device hooked to the anchor and I would be independent of that system. I like petzl a lot and I read up on my stuff before I bought this. I was pretty disappointed when I found that it took more work pulling the rope through the device than I used climbing. My partner also tried and ran into the same problem. I have since used the ATC guide and it feeds much nicer. I'm going to keep it, but not use it the way I wanted.

          Replaced my ATC

            Finally got to use this down in Red Rocks, NV this last weekend in guide mode. It worked well and I would have been confident to have it lock up to catch a fall for the top roper. Belaying a lead is smooth this with device. I've always used a Gri Gri or Black Diamond's ATC but this is a very worth addition. I am replacing my ATC with this.

            light IS right

              The reverso3 was my first autolocking belay device, and I haven't turned back ever since. I'm on my 2nd one in 2 years, but only because I dropped mine off the top of huge face. Good thing I had my spare hanging on my 'spare parts' biner. The reverso3 combines the best features of every atc I've ever owned. Smooth rope feed, high friction, autolocking, lightweight, and a flexible cable that lets the belay device move smoothly when your chimneying or otherwise getting uncomfortable on the climb.

              On Belay

                Very functional belay device. Its very close to the blackdimond ATC Guide. the rear loop is horizantal on the reverso instead of vertical as on the ATC . The one thing I like about this that the guide doesnt have is that the cabel portion is very solid, it wont bend and wont get loose of the years. loose cabel can become annyoing because it gets wedeged in the belay whilr reppelling and or belaying. Very very good belay device absolutly love it

                Not really into it for rappelling

                  I like this way better than a standard ATC for belaying, but for rappelling I noticed that the grooves tend to keep the rope from smoothly flowing through. So rappelling for me feels like a mixture of always pushing the rope through to rap off with jerky brakes, though likely has to do with the rope thickness.

                  what about the reverso 3 against the Black...

                  what about the reverso 3 against the Black Diamond ATC Guide¿? wich one is better?

                  They are almost the same thing. The big loop on the back (for guide mode) is oriented horizontally on the Reverso and vertically on the Guide, and the little loop on the front of the Reverso is designed to take a carabiner (but only a Petzl carabiner), whereas a carabiner won't fit in the equivalent hole on the Guide. Really that hole is redundant, because you can just pull on the biner that the rope runs over to unweight, so that's not a huge advantage. The Guide is slightly stronger, but the Reverso's slightly lighter. I personally prefer the Guide because I think it works better as a normal ATC and offers more control on fast rappels, but I've used it more. It's your call.To add/amend Angus' comments...don't just pull on the biner to unweight the system, it is setting yourself up for disaster. One really needs to learn how to use these devices properly (instructions and experienced users) because there are reasons why these holes exist and why they are certain sizes. I have come across too many users applying these devices wrong over the years, so be careful and get trained. That being said they are extremely useful!!!to add to the previous two comments- i've been using the reverso3 at the gym and it feeds a lot better than the atc guide- particularly w/ thicker ropes-

                  Reverso3 vs. ATC Guide:
                  Look closely here at the V notches. This is where the battle over the Guide is won. Notice how the Petzl rounds out at the bottom of the V as to not pinch your rope causing damage when your climber takes a big whipper unlike the BD. Notice the extra engineering put into the raised ridges, BD's are just exactly that, raised ridges, where Petzl's are asymmetrical with a more gradual slope up and a more abrupt shelf to create better stopping power. Petzl's superior design allows them to get a better stop with only two ridges vs. BD's three; that equals less friction on your sheath which equals longer rope life. You can argue all you want about ease of use or parallel belay orientation vs. perpendicular orientation, but that is all a matter of opinion. This is physics, you can’t argue with physics… For more watch this video. (It’s mostly in French, but the captions are in English.)
                  http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/belay-devices-0/reverso-3

                  Reverso3 vs. ATC Guide:
Look closely here at the V notches. This is where the battle over the Guide is won. Notice how the Petzl rounds out at the bottom of the V as to not pinch your rope causing damage when your climber takes a big whipper unlike the BD. Notice the extra engineering put into the raised ridges, BD's are just exactly that, raised ridges, where Petzl's are asymmetrical with a more gradual slope up and a more abrupt shelf to create better stopping power. Petzl's superior design allows them to get a better stop with only two ridges vs. BD's three; that equals less friction on your sheath which equals longer rope life. You can argue all you want about ease of use or parallel belay orientation vs. perpendicular orientation, but that is all a matter of opinion. This is physics, you can’t argue with physics… For more watch this video. (It’s mostly in French, but the captions are in English.)
http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/belay-devices-0/reverso-3

                  Matt, can you use your "physics" to explain how distributing the force over 2 ridges puts less force on a rope than doing it over 3? I would love to hear the explanation on this one... If your follower takes a "big whipper" and pinches the rope you need to learn how to belay. If you are belaying a leader with either device you will not be able to hold the rope tight enough to cause the rope to be pinched in the bottom of the device.

                  How does this device compare to the regular...

                  How does this device compare to the regular petzl reverso?

                  In my opinion it's about 1000 times better. The plate like structure on the old reverso tends to be a little abrasive to ropes (especially static lines). The Reverso3 somehow manages to have more friction and yet still be smoother and more manageable and a lot softer on ropes (also seems to dissipate heat much more effectively). The quick-release loop for belaying off an anchor is another huge improvement and works really well. Also, compared to my ATC-Guide the reverso is a much smoother belay device.