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Black Diamond - ATC XP - Belay device tested

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Mike's profile picture
| Stockton on Tees

Great device

This was my first belay device (although I have used a number of others; Grivel, DMM, ClimbX) and it is brilliant. Compared to others on the market the feeding out rope is, I found, the best. I currently use the DMM Pivot (as it has a guide mode, which is the only reason I have stopped using my ATC XP). Compared to the pivot, the ATC XP has a larger retention loop which seems to allow for reduced locking when giving rope (by locking I should state this is not an auto-locking device). When catching a fall the device grips the rope well whilst providing a smooth catch. Using the high-friction grooves allows for controlled lowering. Used in an abseil situation both high friction and low friction modes provide a smooth abseil. For a simple belay device I can definitely recommend this.

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    Easy to use
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anthony's profile picture
| Birmingham

I would buy again

This is the first belay device I've bought and I'm really pleased with it. It feels pretty solid and I've found it really smooth with no sticking, so my belaying confidence has really improved. Great price too!

If your buying from UK don't worry service is grate and delivery prompt A++

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Ian's profile picture
| Balerno

Solid, well-built, reliable

Does exactly what it says on the tin

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Brett's profile picture
| Hampshire

Very versatile belay device

The XP has both high friction and normal mode (turn upside down) as well as being able to accept two ropes. Its also very light and not bulky at all. I would definitely recommend. The price and finish is also very good.

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| Neubrandenburg

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| marxzell

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    Lightweight
    Finish
    Easy to use
Patrick's profile picture
| Welschellen/Enneberg

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| Sankt Augustin

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    Easy to use
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| Osnabrück

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    Finish
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