ATC-XP Belay/Rappel Device
|Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay/Rappel Device - The ATC-XP Belay/Rappel Device by Black Diamond is the perfect climbing companion whether you are on mountaineering routes or in snow and ice conditions. Now 30% lighter than the original thanks to updated construction and machined windows through the body, the ATC-XP is a durable, versatile belay device that features multiple friction modes to handle nearly any situation or rope diameter. Offering two use modes makes it doubly handy on the cliff, the high-friction mode offers 3 times greater hold and stopping power than regular-friction mode and the durable cable holds its shape and resists getting caught up between ropes. When you want great hold and stopping power while you are chasing your dreams, you want the Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay/Rappel Device.
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Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay/Rappel Device - Accepts ropes from 7.7 to 11mm
2.3 oz (64 grams)
When I first got this ATC, I went straight to the high friction side figuring that it would keep me safer and prevent any slips while rappelling and belaying. The thought that those extra grippers were backing up my inexperienced hands was great. In reality, I could barely rappel with the extra friction and provided some pretty bumpy belays as I tried to feed rope over the bumps. Switching to the standard side fixed both of those problems and now I love using it. I think my troubles came more from inexperience than product design, and now that I am used to it, I am happy with my ATC.
Last time I bought an ATC, there was just the original. It served me very well for many years. After using the XP, I am certain it will do just as well. The material is slick and solid, managing rope effortlessly. Though I thought the negative space in the metal was a gimmick, it offers a noticeable difference in the weight. It's extremely light. Also, those colors are straight up sexy! Great buy.
Western North Carolina
Gives smooth payout of the rope when giving slack/lowering my partner. It also grips tight on the teeth side like you would expect. Haven't tried with 8.5mm ropes, but 10mm are fine. It's pretty cool being able to see the rope feed through the device.
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