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CAMP USA Matik Belay Device

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    Safe just got safer.

    New to the auto-locking world, the Matik Belay Device features Camp USA's innovative Anti-Panic system to beat the competition in climbing safety. Anti-Panic disengages the double-hinged lever and applies the assisted braking cam whenever climbing ropes move too quickly through the device. This increases safety whenever climbers lower one another, rappel, or belay themselves.

    Also unlike standard auto-locking devices, the Matik's assisted braking cam runs parallel with the rope instead of at an angle, thereby increasing contact and decreasing rope-ruining friction. The wide carabiner hole has a unique design that prevents clipping and unclipping while the device is closed. Camp USA crafted this revolutionary device out of hot-forged aluminum and precision-cast stainless steel for the critical components that come in contact with the rope.

    • Assisted braking belay device with added safety for climbing
    • Anti-Panic system bites the rope when it moves too quickly
    • Friction-reducing design ensures long-lasting durability
    • Wide carabiner hold prevents clipping and unclipping when closed
    • Item #CMP002Z

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [main body] hot-forged aluminum, [critical components] stainless steel
    Type
    auto-locking
    Rope Diameter
    8.6 - 10.2mm
    Claimed Weight
    9.7oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    A Beast Compared To The GriGri

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Due to a chronic case of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), I am in the unique position of owning both a CAMP Matik and a PETZL GriGri Plus. I only climb Top Rope in the Gym, and do not feed slack line to a Lead; so take my comments in that context, with the appropriately large grain of salt.
    The Matik is much heavier and more “industrial” feeling than the GriGri, because all but one the parts of the Matik are metal; not so for the GriGri which is half plastic. And the various parts of the Matik don’t flop around loosely like the equivalent parts of the GriGri, which in comparison almost feels like it’s falling apart.
    The Matik lowering lever is all metal and feels indestructible, whereas I can’t escape the feeling the plastic lever on the GriGri might break off in the middle of belaying. As for anti-panic, if for some reason you feel like you’re losing control, when you jerk back on the Matik lever, your climber is going to STOP, period. Anti panic seems to be almost an afterthought on the GriGri, and not a primary, integral safety feature of the lowering process. The difference might be because the Matik’s cousins, the Druid and Druid Pro, are primary rescue self-lowering devices, where catch-and-hold-ability is paramount.
    As mentioned in a comprehensive comparison elsewhere on the Internet, the Matik doesn’t thrive on thicker, over 10mm ropes. This issue may come into play at Gyms, where they use thicker ropes. The dropoff in smooth performance is negligible, but it’s there. If you climb exclusively in Gyms, as many people do; you might want to ask your venue what size ropes they are using, then buy what you consider the most suitable device. You should also ask if, for insurance reasons, the Gym will require you to use either an ATC or a GriGri. They may not let you use a Matik.
    It’s really too bad the Matik is so expensive. But in terms of hardware and functionality I think it’s worth every extra dollar. If the Matik and the GriGri were the same price, I could easily see the Matik quickly increasing its share of the market at the expense of the GriGri. It’s a BEAST, just plain a better device, IMO. Is your life worth an extra $50? Mine is to me. When you’re up in the air and your life is in the hands of your belayer, you want a device that’s utterly and completely fail-safe.

    Cumbersome and Unwieldy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The Matik may seem like a good belay device on the surface but do not be fooled. When setting up you have to put a bight of rope through the device and loop it around another part. When belaying on top rope the assisted breaking does not engage quick enough, and when belaying on lead it seems to catch too quickly to even use. When lowering the "safety" panic feature kicks in way too quickly and it would be faster to just climb down. I would not recommend this product at all.

    Sort of an odd review, for the following reasons: 1. With any braking device, like a GriGri, you have to have to "put a bight of rope through the device and loop it around another part". If fact, this operation is virtually identical between the Matik and the GriGri. 2. One of the "features" of the Matik is its "dynamic catch", providing a little "give" during the initial stages of a fall, as opposed to an instant, shocking catch such as is found on a GriGri. Personally, I am just waiting for Backcountry to put this on sale at a 25% discount before I pounce on it.

    Awesome Belay Device

    Photo Credit: Andy Wickstrom of DesignEgg



    If you have any questions at all, let me know and I'm more than happy to help you pick up the right belay device.



    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead

    801.736.4336

    jdowns@backcountry.com

    Awesome  Belay Device

    Better Than Expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The good folks from CAMP USA put on the CAMP USA Adventure Week for a few the Expert Gearheads here at Backcountry and holy heck was it one jam packed week of nothing but testing gear.

    I was pretty excited to test out this belay device. I’ve used a bunch of tubular style belay devices and Gri-gri’s and wanted to give this one a go. I was incredibly impressed and want to add it to my gear arsenal.

    Threading the Rope:
    The exterior housing does not slide at all so you just slide the cam out and insert the rope and loop it around the cam. Then slide the cam back in and attach your locking biner.

    Rope Diameters:
    When I used this device is was on ropes that were either 10.1mm or 10.2mm and I had no issues with it. I wish I could have testing it out on the thinner ropes but the sweet spot for this device is the smaller ropes around 8.6-9.6 mm (Range is 8.6mm – 10.2mm) as compared to the range on the Gri-Gri2 which is 8.9-11.0mm.

    Anti-Panic Function:
    This is a really cool feature on this device. I’ve seen people get lowered way too fast on Gri-Gri’s so naturally I wanted to see how this function worked. It was really great feeling the device engage as the climber was lowered too fast.

    Critical Components:
    These are the parts that the rope comes in contact with (high wear areas) and are all made of Stainless Steel).

    Paying Out Rope:
    Given that we were using a rope that was on the thicker end for this device, it was a tad hard giving rope to the leader but it was not overly hard.

    All-In-All:
    I’d be far more comfortable handing this device to a new belayer and trusting them than giving them a Gri-Gri.

    If you have any questions at all, let me know and I'm more than happy to talk belay devices or any other climbing gear.

    Jared D.
    Expert Gearhead
    801.736.4336
    jdowns@backcountry.com

    Geoff,

    I have not. When I used this it was on a week long trip with the folks from CAMP USA. Unfortunately I didn't get to keep the device.

    Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

    Jared D.
    Expert Gearhead
    801.736.4336
    jdowns@backcountry.com