Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay / Rappel Device.
Get ready for great climbing with this Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay / Rappel Device. This device is one of the best accessories that you can take with you on all your climbing adventures, thanks to its superior performance. This device features a high-friction mode that gives you 3 times more holding power and stopping power than regular-friction mode, ensuring the force you require when lowering your friend or being lowered yourself. Its hot-forged construction makes it very tough and durable so that it lasts for many years to come. It has machined windows so that it is very light. And it has intended ropes that measure from 7.7 mm. to 11 mm, to avoid from getting caught between your ropes. So that there are no accidents and you remain safe. Plus, it comes in various great colors. It is time to enjoy all your climbing outings with this Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay / Rappel Device.
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The new Black Diamond ATC-XP belay device offers the same great hold and stopping power as the original version, only it's now 30% lighter.
|Fits Rope Diameters:||7.7mm - 11mm, single/double|
|Fits rope sizes:||7.7mm - 11mm, single/double|
|Suitable for belaying:||Yes|
|Suitable for rappelling:||Yes|
|Weight:||2.3 oz / 64 g|
|Weight (Grams):||64 g|
|Black Diamond ATC Belay Device||$12.74 - $17.95|
|Black Diamond ATC-XP||$19.95|
|Black Diamond ATC-Guide Belay Device||$22.49 - $29.95|
|Black Diamond ATC-Sport Belay Device||$16.95 - $17.95|
Wether you prefer ATCs or grigri's this is still a must, especially if you ever need to rappel after a climb. In my opinion I also think if you don't know how to use an ATC you shouldn't be using grigri to begin with because this teaches the basics and doesn't give people a chance to get sloppy with their belay technique. grigris are nice for belaying someone working on a project but for easy warmups and gimmes the ATC-XP is easy to work with, smooth and accommodates all size ropes.
As far as the actual ATC-XP, it's an ATC, not much to say. I like the colors and it works like an ATC-XP should. I've never heard of one of these failing unless it was human error.
This specific ATC is nice for sport or Toprope as opposed to the ATC guide which can be used for directionals on multipitch and the normal ATC which is good for nothing as it wears down and gets sharp rather quickly.
I typically use a Grigri for belay; but, always have an ATC for back-up or for setting up multiple routes. I always use an ATC to clean since it does so well for abseiling.
An ATC is an inexpensive piece of gear that everyone should have. The XP version does what the original does with a friction mode. The friction mode does work noticeably better at holding.
Classic quality product. everyone should have an ATC -in which case you should now consider the ATC-XP. If you multi-pitch, then look at the ATC-Guide.
The BD Gridlock biner is a great match for an ATC. Crossloading is something I usually only noticed while belaying a lead climber with an ATC. The Gridlock eliminates crossloading. ATC-XP + Gridlock = :)
I don't multi-pitch, so this makes for the perfect simple belay device. It has the nice addition of teeth on one side to provide extra friction, so you don't have to work as hard to hold the rope (and ultimately the climber) in place. Great for toproping and leading single-pitch.
However, this is not the best multi-pitch ATC, go for the guide, and I personally prefer to use a GriGri when belaying because it's just simpler and I like how it feels. However, this is much cheaper and lightweight, so it makes for a great belay device for all climbers.
Black Diamond made a real solid belay device with the ATC-XP. You have good friction control when rappelling and lowering, smooth paying out rope. It works great on ropes thinner then 10mm. It is a little heavier the the ATC for the fact it's beefier and also has teeth.The friction slots offer three times greater hold and stopping power, according to BD. And it won Editor's Choice on OutdoorGearLab. The color options are also pretty rad. I just find this to be superior to most other belay devices along with being easy on the wallet.
My fiance and I have relied on this device for a long time. Now, I love the Gri Gri from Petzl, but if you're looking for the best ATC Guide on the market, this is my go to. We just bought one for my fiance and she is ecstatic about it. It's lightweight, durable, and wonderfully comfortable to use. I like the grooved side for thinner ropes. It catches everything.
Thanks Black Diamond!
I have used this ATC plenty of times and one bit of advice I can pass down to anyone who is going to buy this is when you are rap'n off an anchor don't use the high friction side... It will make your life much harder. Especially if you are repelling from a good distance. Over all no complaints, I would pick up one of these for any beginner.
would recomend buying thereverso or the ATC instead. youll save money if you have to buy it afterwards for multipitch climbing
it is also sometimes hard to feed rope fast with it. dont know why.