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Lightweight, versatile, and reliable rope control.

Ideal for climbing and canyoneering applications, the versatile Sterling ATS Belay and Rappel Device combines the smooth rope control of a figure 8 device with the security of a plate-style belay device. The ATS allows you to make both single and double rope rappels and belay a leader or follower, and it has four hyper horns which allow you to add friction or lock the rope mid-descent.

  • Curved frame accepts a wide range of rope diameters up to 11mm
  • Versatile design allows the use of single-rope and double-rope rappelling techniques
  • Middle slots allow the device to be used as a plate-style belay device
  • Four hyper horns allow you to add friction or lock off the rope mid-rappel
  • Heat-rated grommet helps keep the device properly oriented to prevent cross loading

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5 5

A must-have for your canyon rack!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Simple, reliable, versatile. The secure lock-off capabilities and variable friction modes make self rescues and assisted rescues much simpler. It pairs nicely with 9 mm ropes or thinner. FYI, you'll need a round-shaft biner to fit the main attachment point (e.g. Petzl Attache).

I first came across this device by taking a canyon rescue course with the ATS team (inventors of the device). They're a great crew- very passionate about what they do, and they happen to know what makes a good rappel/rescue device! This is my favorite rappel device, by far.

5 5

Love the ATS!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite rappel device because it can easily be configured so many ways to provide the correct amount of friction for the situation. It's also easy to add friction on the fly, or even just to temporarily slow down, because it fits easily widthwise in your hand (unlike the Pirahna). I agree with everything 6IXGUN says below, noting that for double strand, turning it sideways and treating it like an ATC seems to work best rather than using it in 8-mode. Our group most often uses Sterling C-IV (9mm) and CanyonFire (8.3mm) and these work very smoothly with it.

Love the ATS!
5 5

Love it !!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used the ATC, Rescue 8, Pirhana, and Totem- they all work and work well, but for 8 and 9 mm ropes this one stands out.

I am a bigger guy (6'2 185 #) 8mm + a skinny device can spell trouble especially if one is not super experienced. I like the ATS because it gives me plenty of options for various situations - wet / dry, skinny rope, fat rope, it can also be configured as a belay device, auto block, and releasable block. Very versatile, it has become my favorite I keep several on hand on every trip.

Great features: set up for various friction modes depending on rope and conditions, add friction on the fly (very easily), lock off without tying Munter Mules or other more complex knots.

Cautions: this device is thinner and wears more quickly than an 8 or most of the other devices - its imperative that you keep an eye on the wear - if its more than 33% I'd chuck it (that's me). Skinny 8mm, sandy and wet ropes will eat it up a lot faster. That said, it does last a long time and I would not worry too much.

If you are rappelling down a double rope, it gets very slow beyond 9mm, lightweights may even have to feed rope so be careful. I would definitely say this device works better with 8mm and 9mm ropes on single strand.

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Good info, I've been thinking about replacing at least one of my 8s with one of these. More things to consider. Cheers

5 5

Excellent Device

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently used this device while canyoneering in Zion NP, and I can confidently say I have found my new canyoneering rappel device. I love the various friction and lock off options. It gave me lots of options on single or double rope.

5 5

Literally a Lifesaver

I was trying this out at the gym when a newbie climber on the wall next to me looked down and froze. The staff had no luck talking her down. I was able to lock off, clip her harness to mine, and rappel down slowly enough to keep her calm. The Sterling ATS is not only a lifesaver, but also a girlfriend finder.

Responded on

Does guarantee I will get a girlfriend? If so, I'll take 3

Responded on

Hey there Jake,
Unfortunately the guarantee does not include bevvies of babes. Best of luck in the gym!
; )