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Petzl Reverso 4 Belay and Rappel Device

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    50 Reviews


    Meet the new standard.

    Not only does the Petzl Reverso 4 Belay and Rappel Device give you serious stopping power when you're holding massive whippers, but it also functions as an auto-locking device when you're belaying the following climber directly off the anchor. This allows you to re-rack, tie your shoes, sip some water, and take a few photos without risking your climbing partner's life. Belaying two followers at once? No problem. Rappelling 15 pitches? The deep grooves give you plenty of control. Petzl also added a secondary clip-in point to help you release a locked rope if you need to lower a follower who has fallen.

    • Can be used to belay the leader or one or two following climbers; can be used for rappelling
    • Functions as a self-locking device when belaying off the anchor
    • Trimmed-down design shaves weight well below the previous versions
    • Deep V-notches add plenty of friction and increase control for long rappels
    • Secondary clip-in point to help in releasing a locked rope
    • Works on single ropes down to 8.9mm
    • Effective braking on half and twin ropes of 7.5mm or more
    • Item #PTZ0317

    Tech Specs

    Auto Locking
    Rope Diameter
    8.9 - 11 mm
    Claimed Weight
    59 g
    Recommended Use
    rock climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    First and only device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my all-time favorite belay device. It is light, easy to carry, easy to use and does exactly what I need it to do when I use it. It also wears well, the rope hasn't worn down the V's teeth yet and I think that is helpful when I catch my partner or rap. I would recommend this device for anyone climbing anything. Good for sport, multi, rapping and trad.

    Great ATC for Multipitch

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The reverso is simple but effective. the guide mode of the reverso works great. I have used this belay device until has no teeth and I have never seen the guide mode fail. The lower function works well but this is the hardest function to use on all of the guide mode belay devices. Still love it and use it all the time.

    Great Belay Device

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    High quality piece of gear from Petzl. Takes years of abuse and still works just fine (to be fair there is not much to it).

    Perfect lead belay ATC device.

      This ATC is perfect if you need an ATC with locking capabilities for self rescue or for belaying the second climber. It's lightweight and the quality you would expect from Petzl . I would definitely recommend this ATC.

      A Guide's Versatile Secret Weapon

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      When purchasing a plaquette style belay device, one usually looks for the simple ability of the device to lock itself while the belayer takes rad pictures of the follower or preps for the next pitch. While this is certainly true, the Reverso offers even more for an instructor such as myself. As an AMGA SPI and Apprentice Rock Guide, I spend much of my time bringing my guests up to the top and lowering them back for another pitch multiple times during a booking. Most of us tend to think of the Gri Gri for this purpose, but often, I am using it to keep myself secure at the top of the climb. Other plaquette style devices are difficult to release for short distances or are not as secure with smaller diameter ropes like I use. The large, secondary clip-in point is large enough to accommodate the nose of most carabiners, giving you an easy lever by which to lower your guests or partner short distances much more quickly than relying on slings and redirects. The way the design allows it to sit parallel against the rock at a belay as apposed to perpendicular, makes belaying two people simultaneously on two single ropes much easier and makes managing my rope piles simpler which helps my transitions to the next pitch be much more efficient.
      Whether on the steep cliffs in Yosemite or managing the top site at a single pitch location on the east coast, the Reverso is the most versatile guiding tool I have used to give my clients a comprehensive day of seamless rock work.

      Best Non Assist Belay device!

        SO I'm a huge advocate of the Gri gri. BUT! if I had to go with a non assist belay device it would be the Reverso. It's lightweight, easy to use and will stop a fall on a dime. The Price point is hard to beat especially for the quality you are getting. Petzl realy knows their stuff when it comes to engineering some of the best climbing equipment.

        New heights

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Stoked to finally have my own ATC, and I couldn't be happier with the Reverso! I'm only about 3 months into sport climbing now, and I've been using a lot of different devices I've borrowed from friends. This has been my favorite, and it's been the most user friendly. You'll definitely enjoy its benefits and features whether you're a novice or expert. And its teeth give it great stopping power with any size rope.

        Couldn't be happier.

        New heights

        Guide mode.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Most of the climbing I have used the Reverso for is big multi-pitch routes. The guide mode is the absolute best! Hands free mode is very convenient. It is very lite so you do not notice that little bit of extra weight. It is very durable even for its thin design. The down fall to guide mode is that it is hard to feel if your climber is climbing or not. Over all a must on any trad rack.

        Guide mode.

        Sweet device

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I purchased the reverso 4 so that I could take my climbing to new heights, literally. With the reverso you can belay up to two ropes from the top of a route very easily, it allows you to venture up multi pitch climbs with confidence. I climb on a 10.2mm rope and found that it did have a little trouble feeding easily but nothing you couldn't deal with if you're experienced. Repelling on this device is awesome! I love how lightweight it is, Petzl nailed the design on this one!

        Awesome Device

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I absolutely love this belay. It feeds rope really really well. I normally climb on a 9.8 rope and it feeds awesome. Not to slow, but not to fast. Its just right. I normally take this guy to the climbing gym and it feeds relatively well with the thicker gym ropes. I have no complaints!

        Does it work well with one mammut twilight 7.7 half rope in one slot? Note that I dont put 2 ropes in two slots in the classic double setup.

        Best Answer


        On double ropes this belay device can take ropes as small as 7.5mm in diameter.

        Shoot me an email anytime you have questions!

        Jared D.

        Expert Gearhead



        will it work with an 11 millimeter rope

        will it work with an 11 millimeter rope