Belay devices and descenders

Belay Devices

Nowadays, having a belay device for climbing is common practice. In comparison to a hitch belay system, these are much more comfortable to handle and gentler to the rope. Many belay devices can be used as descenders as well.

A wide range of belay devices, starting from tubers to figure eight descenders or even auto-locking devices, can be found in our shop.

For climbers on a single strand

Semi-automatic belay

Auto-lockings are belay devices with a blocking support. After a fall or when sitting on the rope, auto-lockings blocks the rope and relieves the climbing partner, who can therefore apply less tension when holding the rope. Even if you are using belay devices, you should always keep the hold of the rope in one hand.

During long projecting especially, auto-locking belay device provide much more comfort. Classic examples of auto-lockings are Grigri2 by Petzl or Matik by Camp.

Auto tuber

Auto tubers are a subcategory of semi automatic belay devices. They also have a blocking support but it rather relys on the right position of the braking hand.

Consequently, auto-tubers usually find their place between classic tubers and auto-locking devices. However, according to the DAV definition, they belong to the category of auto-locking devices and thus, they are recommended belay devices.

The following count as auto belays: Smart, Click Up, Ergo, Mega Jul. You can find an extensive range of DAV recommended-items in our storehouse.

The tuber - versatile and excellent to use

The category of Tubers is very popular as well. Typical examples are the Black Diamond ATC or the Reverso by Petzl. Their popularity can be traced back to their excellent handling and especially, to their versatility. Tuber show their advantages on multipitch routes and whenever a dynamic belay is recommended.

Thanks to two rope channels, most tubers can also be applied as descenders. Depending on their design they can even be used with half or twin ropes. The design of Tubers allows them to be very lightweight. These characteristics made them extremely interesting for alpine climbers. Even versions with additional eyelets are available, which make it possible to belay other climbers as well.

Belay Devices

For climbing specialists and lovers: The figure eight descender

Once upon a time it used to be the belay device in climbing - the figure eight descender. Even today, numerous of alpinists swear by these types of belay devices. They can be used with single, half and twin ropes. Figure eights are usually ring, V- or square shaped. The latter ones help the rope to go through smoothly and provide a higher braking force.

Figure eight descender are available by numerous manufacturers e.g.AustriAlpin, Mammut or Black Diamond.

Belay devices for thin ropes

Nowadays, many ropes with very small diameters are available. While relying on experience, you should also keep the selection of a corresponding belay device in mind. A specification of suitable rope diameters can be found in the product description.

Spoilt for Choice

Now and then, finding the right belay device can proof to be a difficult undertaking. To take personal experience and the intended purpose into consideration is extremely essential. Our customer service team is standing by for questions and advice. You can contact them via chat, hotline or email.

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