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Belay device wear

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BenRobert · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 0

My reverso has lost much of its gripping teeth. Lowering my partner requires more grip then before. Probably time to replace? Both slots have similar wear due to rapelling.
The atc guide seems to be made of steel vs aluminum. Will it wear slower than the reverso?

Nick Drake · · Newcastle, WA · Joined Jan 2015 · Points: 483

Guide is also aluminum, just thicker than the reverso. I wore a reverso out in one season of climbing (to the teeth being worn off, dirty ropes). ATC guide is still great after more pitches this year, but I also cleaned my rope more often.

BenRobert · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 0

Hmm, I guessed it was steel due to he weight difference, but you're probably right.

grog m aka Greg McKee · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 70

Time to spend 20$ and buy the guide.

curt86iroc · · Golden, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 63

if you're asking the question, you already know the answer. a small price to pay...

Noah Yetter · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 105

this guy has steel teeth…

Linnaeus · · NZ · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 0

No question the ATC guide lasts longer than the Reverso series. However, I find the Reverso has more control with skinny ropes. I use the ATC guide for cragging, fat single ropes, and most of my climbing. I use a Reverso 4 with doubles or twins.

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