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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.
- Auto-locking belay device
- Anti-Panic system
- Assisted braking
- Double-hinged lever
- Wide carabiner hole
- Note: basic belaying techniques still apply to all auto-locking devices
- Item #CMP002Z
- Q & A
Good in depth video on the features, use, and design!
Awesome Belay Device
Photo Credit: Andy Wickstrom of DesignEgg
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.