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    Add some angle to your dangle.

    Like many standard belay devices, the DMM Pivot is made from tough and lightweight aluminum, with two friction options to help you fine tune your lowering. Unlike other devices, the Pivot sports a pivoting hinge that provides some extra leverage and smooth action when you need to lower your second off the belay ledge, making for easy, consistent, and reliable lowering whether you're taking a friend out for a climb or leading clients up their first multi-pitch.

    • Aluminum
    • High-friction and low-friction modes
    • Pivoting auto-blocking guide mode
    • Item #DMM000M

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    What do you think about this product?

    Have questions about this product?

    Read the reviews: BOMBER.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've done a lot of multi-pitch trad. It's my preferred way to climb. Often I lead on two lines and then simul belay my siblings or friends from the top once I clear a pitch. Let me tell you something about every other guide device: when they lock from a fall you have to put considerable effort into freeing a rope. There are even a videos out there about the extra cord and pulley you have to make to even get the lines loose on other devices. That's why there's that odd little hole opposite the "ear" or the guide mode anchor hole. All that frustration is now totally unnecessary with the Pivot. Just "pivot" or tilt it.

    Gradually lowering someone on a BD ATC guide or equivalent: hahahaha. Official guidance says you should have a third hand hitch for safety because lowering someone on another kind of device (the BD or Petzl) can be dangerous. The difference in ease and control between the those with a fixed ear and the Pivot is significant.

    If you're new the game, then save yourself the hassle and frustration and trust what other experienced climbers are saying. And no, I have never had this thing slip on me, neither when using it in guide mode to ascend a line, nor when belaying others from above who have fallen. This is one piece of gear I've never regretted or thought about replacing with another model.

    Works Great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I really like the option that the Pivot provides for lowering the second, an option not provided by other auto-blocking guide mode style devices. The typical quality I have come to expect of DMM, thoughtful engineering and design and exceptionally well produced metal, are clearly evident in the Pivot.

    Revolutionary in lowering the second.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I didn't buy this here, but thought I'd put a review up. I actually bought it from my local gear shop, where the manager of the climbing department actually tried to dissuade me from buying it. The jokes on them, backcountry gets the review for that rotten effort.

    I bought this as I wanted guide mode belay device that is easy to lower the second. Normally I use a Climbing Technology Alpine Up which is hands down the easiest to lower a second in guide mode. But I couldn't at the time afford another one, so this was my solution.

    The Pivot is a really nice piece of gear DMM has made. It basically operates like any other ATC with friction grooves until you have to lower the second. Then it is far better and easier to lower the second in guide mode then any other guide device except the Alpine Up which is even easier to operate. Notice in the picture from the Pivot manual that they don't even recommend a backup, just make sure you wear belay gloves. It's that easy to control. Unlike the Black Diamond ATC guide and others like it where it is pretty much an open and closed effect such that you absolutely need a backup on the brake strand.

    The only fault I can put against this device is that DMM does not tell you at all what carabiner fits in the nose of the device to use as a lever. It's not mentioned anywhere on their product page or the manual. Thankfully if you look through the reviews here, Amir Najam and William L. have given some recommendations of what they have tried.

    Revolutionary in lowering the second.

    What else can you ask for?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    It's an ATC/Reverso... but with the added benefit of the pivoting hole for lowering in guide mode. While it's true I will (hopefully) never use the lowering feature in guide mode, it is a cool improvement, which warrants buying this over an ATC or Reverso.

    Love the Pivot

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The main feature of the pivot is the pivoting piece for the guide mode. This piece works very similar to all the other guide mode belay devices. However when you are in need of lowering your second this piece really shines above all the other belay devices. If you have ever had to lower your second you know how much of a pain it is. This device makes that lowering go a lot smoother with the ability to swing the device up to lower a lot easier.

    Not autoblocking with fat biners?

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I recently purchased this device and a Grivel Mega K6G (the HMS twin gate carabiner). The first time I used them together, the Pivot would not autoblock when belaying a second from above. This happened on multiple pitches and was not an isolated incident. I tried the Pivot with my old worn BD gridlock carabiner, and also tried the Grivel carabiner with my BD guide ATC (brought them along in case there were issues with new devices). Those combinations worked fine, which leads me to believe one may have to be careful using the Pivot with a fat round bar stock carabiner such as the Grivel K6G. Otherwise, the device seems well made as one would expect. I just want to put my experience out there as a word of caution.

    Great twist on the guide belay device

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Nothing revolutionary here, but the innovation of a hinged guide mod makes a big difference if you need to lower someone. This was the big drawback of guide mode on the ATC Guide, reverso, etc. Lowering is quite difficult. This device however makes that easy. I can do it with my bare hands (and some effort). Would recommend this for anyone who does alpine or multipitch.

    Best in class

      My comparison of devices in this same category I have had experience with: Reverso 3 & 4 - very good, the only downside is the wall between two slots is too thinn. In result when catching multiple falls and crashing against HMS, is getting sharp on the edges and then is wearing off the rope. Shame. Next ATC GUIDE - my favourite for a while until I started to use thinner ropes 8mm half ropes, and 9.1mm triple rated) when I realised that Guide has too shallow grooves and not enough holding power to catch falls with ease and confidence. Otherwise very good device. Mega JUL - I didn't like it. Awkward rappelling, not intuitive set up for self locking mode when belaying 2nd on multipitches pust me away of this device quite fast. And then Pivot ticked off for me all the boxes. Great rope control regardless of diameter, well made and light, and the easiest to pay slack when neede in "auto lock mode" on top belays. Recommended!

      Perfect Belay Device

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Obviously, not a whole lot to improve on as a tube style belay device and rappel device. This works well on a wide variety of diameters, is smooth and sleek and relatively light. However, this is hands down the best device for belaying a second I've ever used. Lowers smoothly and controlled without rigging up cord or jerking your follower. As advertised. Worth every penny.

      The only problem I've had is with a relatively fat rope, I could not use it to ascend a rope after rappelling past a belay station. It worked fine with a relatively new 9.5 but I couldn't get it to pull through at all when ascending a fat 10.1, for what that's worth.

      Awesome Device for Multi Pitch

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've used the Petzl Reverso4, BD Guide, Mega Jul and a bunch more. Hands down, this is the belay device I reach for when heading out to do some multipitch. There is no reason for the other devices.

      Pivot Feature:
      I was really curious about this feature and wondering how well it'd work. After a just two pitches of belaying from the top I was sold on how awesome and smooth the device was. This feature comes is awesome when you need to lower your second.

      Lowering a Second:
      I've had a few other devices that jam pretty good and make it tough to lower a second. You can still lower on those devices but it's no where near as smooth as with this device.

      Rope Diameters:
      I've used my Mammut Genesis 8.5 half ropes in this and everything was incredibly smooth. I've also used a Petzl Volta 9.2 rope and have everything be incredibly smooth.

      On my 8.5mm half ropes, a Sterling Hollow Block is a must have when rappelling. The device is pretty smooth for rappelling. Maybe a little too smooth.

      I'd get this device before I looked at a Petzl Reverso4 or a BD ATC Guide.

      If you have questions about this belay device or any other gear, shoot me an email!

      Jared D.
      Expert Gearhead

      My megajul recently took a dive off the second pitch of a climb (the plastic bits shattered) and so needs replacing. Was wondering how this guy stacks up against the jul? If you were to have a single device? I'm generally climbing with ropes anywehere from 8-10.1. Mainly doing multipitch trad with a good amount of sport cragging sprinkled in.

      I didn't have a ton of issues with the jul, but did find some ropes a bit tough to run through it (especially in guide mode, it'd kill my arm). I didn't much enjoy having to completely reconfigure the biners when switching from lead belay to guide mode either.

      The best belay device I've used

      Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about this belay device or any other climbing gear!

      Jared D.

      Expert Gearhead



      The best belay device I've used

      Jared, I have a quest for you. Though, if you decide to take it, I must warn you of the repetitiveness and boredom of sticking many carabiners into the Pivot. You may not be the same after completing this.

      I want to know which of the DMM locking carabiners fits into the hole at the front to create a hand lever to lower the second. It must fit and slide through close to the spine of the carabiner, but not move past the corner onto the spine. Please post what you've discovered here for others to find. DMM's product page and user manual says absolutely nothing about this, and they are slow as molasses to respond to inquiries. Thank you.

      Here's the answer: Only the DMM Sentinel locker, Petzl Spirit locker, and C.A.M.P. Photon locker fit into the hole, let alone make it to the spine without passing it. I tried about 15 locking and non locking 'biners, including just about DMM's whole line, at the shop yesterday and that was all that worked. Bummer that the Positron locker that everyone has doesn't work!

      In response to Tradaholic's question regarding carabiners that fit well to lower a climber who is weighting the rope with a DMM Pivot. I consider the Petzl Attache (both the older round stock and especially the newer 3D SL) to be a perfect fit. The nose of the carabiner goes through hole on the Pivot with plenty space for the gate to close, and then it stops securely without jamming. The Attache can be oriented in two positions, one giving more leverage while interfering slightly more with the ropes while belaying. I've found the Attache to work even better on the Mammut Bionic Alpine and that more carabiners fit the hole in the Bionic fairly well, including the CAMP Nano 22.

      The pivot is very nice.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      For the most part no different than a BD ATC, until it comes to lowering when using in guide mode. Releases 10 times easier, making it 10 times smoother letting someone down. Also much smoother than an ATC when using it to rap down.