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The Wild Country VC 2 Pro gives you more power to make big catches on skinny lines.
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For $14.32 you cant beat this little belay/rappel device while you dont have the same control with a thinner rope like with the ATC-XP who really cares that this price. It is so cheap you can grab two and have a back up or one for your friends when they still roll with the crazy 8 when rappeling.
using it for rappels that need brakes.
Nothing but the best Canyoneering Rappel Device!
I own many of these and will continue to buy them when they wear out or get lost when I loan them out to friends that I take canyoneering. I have found 1 downside about all ATC's. While 8's twist the rope, ATC's cause sheath slippage. That just means that the sheath will slowly slip out over the core and you will eventually have a sheath tail on the end and the core will be deep inside the sheath. This does not affect the performance, strength, or safety of the rope. It is just a slight inconvenience that can easily be fixed by cutting that end off with a hot knife and possibly taking a needle and thread to the ends of the rope and putting a bunch of thread through the ends so the sheath can't slip over the core.
2 Years and Going Strong!
I mainly use these for rappelling when I'm Canyoneering and have been using these for 2 years now! I've tried various 8's, BD ATC XP, and the Sterling ATS over the years and I keep coming back to the VC Pro 2 because of it's so inexpensive compared to other Rappel/belay devices and has the curved side to start out with little friction and easily move the rope over to the teeth side to add more friction when you need it. Also It's an ATC so it doesn't twist the rope like an 8 does. I have many of these to loan out to friends I bring canyoneering.
Light and solid.
I chose this device over others because of its light weight and low price. I have used it belaying sport climbers and belaying rappels from above. Works great.
Best Rappell Device for Canyoneering!
I love this belay device so much that I own about 6 of them! I keep a couple strictly for climbing and I use the rest for canyoneering! The curved side is perfect for a nice smooth rappel at the top and when you need more friction, just effortlessly move the rope over to the grooved teeth side to help add friction on long rappels! If it's a small rappel simply flip it around and use the smooth side to avoid too much friction with the grooved side!
Great Belay/Rappel device
Easy to control friction. Keeps things nice and smooth on ropes old and new.
Beware of thick ropes...
I definitely have trouble feeding thicker ropes through this at my local indoor climbing gym. I am not considering this a negative feature though because I was aware of this before I bought it. Other than that it does everything that a belay device should do.
Solid Tube Device
Does everything it needs to. Thick tube stock, feels more burly than the petzl verso. This seems to take thicker ropes much better than my verso even though the listed diameters for single ropes are really close. I would at least look at the verso for using skinnier lines.
Has plenty of friction for doing free-hanging rappels on skinny 8mm half ropes but still feeds great on my 10.2 single rope.
Definitely has more friction compared to an ATC-XP on the ropes I rapped.
Doesn't hang up on any rope when belaying except of course for the ubiquitous fuzzy gym rope.
For me this replaces a Trango Jaws which would hang up more belaying and wasn't as smooth to rap.
Hi, tech specs says it is a 7-9mm diameter...
Hi, tech specs says it is a 7-9mm diameter rope, but when trying to add to basket it says 8-11mm rope diameter. So, what rope diameter will acctualy fit into this device?. Thank you
The VC Pro 2 will deal with single Ropes from 9mm upwards and double ropes from 7.7mm upwards.
Decent, but be careful of bigger rope sizes
Found it sticks a bit when taking up slack on an indoor wall with 10.5 mm rope. Haven't had a chance to try it out on skinnier ropes yet.
Had good control on the way down and easy to grip when holding someone.