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Rock Climbing > Hardware > Belay Devices
Which Belay device is best ?
There are essentially four types of belay device:

Simple stitch /rescue plate: is very lightweight and has high friction properties but because of small size is not so good at dissipating heat so not recommended for abseil use. Very popular with instructors as its possible to belay two people with some devices and also for indoor climbing.

Modern belay device: typically a shaped tube of metal with a swaged wire loop to connect to the belay point or harness (via an HMS) Usually they incorporate variable slickness (the ability to allow rope slip on purpose) depending on the direction in which they are used. Ideal for all forms of climbing and short abseils hence their popularity.

Auto/semi-automatic devices. Excellent for sport or indoor climbing where falls occur regularly or it may be necessary to hold the climber for a period of time. These are not a substitute for belayer vigilance and are not suitable for lead climbing as they arrest falls very quickly which can significantly increase shock loading on the protection.

Figure of 8 - These are NOT designed to be used as a belay device as they are too slick and the rope can easily flick over into a dangerous configuration. However they are sometimes useful in an emergency when used in conjunction with a prussik loop to abseil or to lower a stricken climber. 



Cassin Anodised Rescue plate
Cassin Anodised Rescue plate


Price:  £7.14 / EUR 8.93 Including VAT

The same high quality rescue plate as produced by Cassin for ages but now available in smart anodised Gold.

Multipurpose:
- Belay a the lead climber
- Abseil / rappel
- Simultaneously belay up to two seconds of a group independently.
(carabiner not included)
- Smooth, simple, lightweight
Zero G GSpot
Zero G GSpot


Price:  £12.25 / EUR 15.31 Including VAT

G-spot - The ideal modern slick style belay device for double or single ropes. The forged aluminium alloy design is light and tapers for increased braking power. For use with certified mountaineering and climbing ropes.

Colour may vary
C.A.M.P. SHELL Belay Device
C.A.M.P. SHELL Belay Device


Price:  £12.77 / EUR 15.96 Including VAT

Use with double rope and single rope.
Edelrid Lotse belay device
Edelrid Lotse belay device


Price:  £16.33 / EUR 20.41 Including VAT

This light belay device combines the advantages of several belay systems. You can pay rope out quickly yet still 'block' the rope well thanks to the two side notches. Falls are held dynamically and are neither hard on the climber nor difficult for the belayer to hold. Ideal for use when leaders are 'taking their time'.

Cassin Più Belay device
Cassin Più Belay device


Price:  £15.83 / EUR 19.79 Including VAT

In Italian, Più simply means more. And that’s exactly what this new belay device offers. Piu’ belays two climbers, as well as offering individual autolocking mechanism, and remains an excellent product for rappelling. Più can be used both for single and multipitch routes and can be used with single and double rope technique. The design offers the features of a stich plate and a rescue plate as well. Manufactured using drop forged aluminium alloy, the Piu’ is lightweight, simple and effective.
CAMP lotus
CAMP lotus


Price:  £13.26 / EUR 16.57 Including VAT

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Lightweight belay device designed for use with the maximum range of rope sizes. Suitable for use with single and double ropes ranging from 7.6 to 11 mm.

Reversible from an inverted V-shape on one side for high friction with smaller ropes and open V-shape with larger opening for use with larger ropes. A coated steel cable slides through the device to switch sides. Rounded teeth on the wide opening increase control and rounds the rope smoothly over the edges of the device rather than cinching them abruptly.

Weight: 100 gr.
CAMP lotus & Betclimb HMS belay set
CAMP lotus & Betclimb HMS belay set


Price:  £20.41 / EUR 25.51 Including VAT

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Very high quality and perfect belay kit for just about every situation consisting of CAMP Lotus and Betclimb anodised locking compact HMS. Suitable for use with single and double ropes ranging from 7.6 to 11 mm.

Zero G GSpot & Atom HMS set
Zero G GSpot & Atom HMS set


Price:  £18.38 / EUR 22.98 Including VAT

G-spot - The ideal modern slick style belay device for double or single ropes. The forged aluminium alloy design is light and tapers for increased braking power. For use with certified mountaineering and climbing ropes.

AND

Atom HMS Screw-gate is the classic HMS, perfect for teaming up with the G-spot, ZBD belay devices and Italian hitch. The design focuses the strength where it’s needed and the smooth-run gate design ensures easy use every
time.

Colour may vary
Simond Toucan multi-purpose belay device
Simond Toucan multi-purpose belay device


Price:  £17.35 / EUR 21.70 Including VAT

Very flexible belay device. Suitable for single, twin and double ropes from 7.5mm to 11mm. The unique arrangement of this device allows for use as a conventional single or double rope belay device, decender or ascender for a leader and also can be used to belay one or two seconds from a fixed anchor. Looks rather like a Toucan from the side, hence its name !

100g
C.A.M.P. YoYo Semi-auto belay device
C.A.M.P. YoYo Semi-auto belay device
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Price:  £21.43 / EUR 26.80 Including VAT

Belaying device design for sport climbing where short falls occur more often so an automatic device is a great advantage. A quick pull on the leader rope locks the device through a simple rocking motion.



Use on single UIAA dynamic rope from 10 to 11 mm
Requires HMS carabiner (not included)
Weight: 108 g
Maximum load: 22 kN.

Cassin TWIN auto belay / rappell / haul device
Cassin TWIN auto belay / rappell / haul device


Price:  £15.30 / EUR 19.13 Including VAT

The Cassin Twin is quite different from a slotted ("Sticht") plate or belay tube. While the climber is climbing, the belayer feeds rope through the device until the climber falls. At this time, the ropes will wedge into the V-slots, arresting the fall. To release the ropes, loop the tag ends over the races on the side and pull down.

Anodised
150g
for 8.0 - 9.0mm ropes
Edelrid Eddy belay device
Edelrid Eddy belay device


Price:  £76.58 / EUR 95.74 Including VAT

Eddy is the perfect belaying device for sport climbing for either novice or the experienced climber. The Eddy doesn't need much explanation and in simplicity is safety. Easy to thread, the rope follows logically the rope flow. A controlled descent with an emergency break system eliminates the "panic pull" syndrome which can lead to serious accidents. The Eddy provides maximum safety whether top roping or lead climbing with easy paying out of rope to the leader. Can be used for single ropes with diameters from 9 to 11.4 mm.

Anodised versus Polished
Anodised products look great but we sometimes get asked if there are any technical advantages. The answer is "yes" but there is a cost associated with the additional materials and time used in anodising components.

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