Belay Devices

A belay device is essential but the array on the market can be bewildering. Here are a few notes to help.

If you have any intentions of climbing outside on 'trad' climbs, a belay plate with two slots is recommended as you will probably want to use double ropes at some time, and even if you don't, you will almost certainly have to abseil down double ropes. The safest designs are those that have grooves of some sort that grip the rope such as the BD ATC-XP, Petzl Verso etc, as they have greater braking effect than other plates.

Most Belay Devices can also safely be used to abseil with in most situations (be aware that they heat up more quickly than a large figure of eight descender) and few climbers these days would bother carrying a separate Figure of Eight for abseiling. Use of a Prusik Loop or a Shunt to safeguard yourself while descending is highly recommended.

For sport climbing there is a good selection of belay plates designed to make holding falls and holding or lowering off a dangling climber safer, which they do by greatly increasing the friction. Some having moving parts and others manage almost as well without. They almost all only work on single ropes so are not much use for trad climbing, and one would need to carry a separate abseil device on multipitch routes. However, for anyone who goes sport climbing regularly, it is well worth having one sport belay device per team.

Please check out our section on Abseil Knots for some important and potentially life saving information.

Ocun Condor Screwgate Belay Karabiner
Ocun Condor Screwgate Belay Karabiner
£15.99
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DMM Ceros Screwgate Belay Karabiner
DMM Ceros Screwgate Belay Karabiner
£16.19
£17.99
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DMM Ceros Kwiklock Belay Karabiner
DMM Ceros Kwiklock Belay Karabiner
£19.79
£21.99
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DMM Ceros Locksafe Belay Karabiner
DMM Ceros Locksafe Belay Karabiner
£20.69
£22.99
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Black Diamond Gridlock Belay Karabiner
Black Diamond Gridlock Belay Karabiner
£17.99
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Black Diamond Magnetron Gridlock Belay Karabiner
Black Diamond Magnetron Gridlock Belay Karabiner
£27.99
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Edelrid Bulletproof HMS Belay Screwgate
Edelrid Bulletproof HMS Belay Screwgate Karabiner
£19.80
£22.00
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Edelrid HMS Strike Slider FG Belay Karabiner
Edelrid HMS Strike Slider FG Belay Karabiner
£21.00
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Edelrid HMS Strike Safelock Belay Karabiner
Edelrid HMS Strike Safelock Belay Karabiner
£24.99
1 In Stock
Grivel Clepsydra Twin Gate Small K10G
Grivel Clepsydra Twin Gate Small K10G Karabiner
£16.99
1 In Stock
Grivel Clepsydra Twin Gate Large K10G
Grivel Clepsydra Twin Gate Large K10G Karabiner
£18.50
1 In Stock
DMM Belay Master 2 HMS Screwgate Karabiner
DMM Belay Master 2 HMS Screwgate Karabiner
£17.99
£19.99
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DMM Rhino Screwgate
DMM Rhino Screwgate Karabiner
£13.49
£14.99
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Petzl Freino Twist Lock Karabiner
Petzl Freino Twist Lock Karabiner
£37.00
1 In Stock
Grivel Vlad Belay Station
Grivel Vlad Belay Station Karabiner
£32.00
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Edelrid Ohm
Edelrid Ohm
£99.00
£110.00
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Beal Dynaclip
Beal Dynaclip
From £17.00
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Beal Dynaconnexion 40cm-80cm
Beal Dynaconnexion 40cm-80cm
£22.00
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Petzl Connect Adjust
Petzl Connect Adjust
£39.00
2 In Stock
Petzl Dual Connect Adjust
Petzl Dual Connect Adjust
£48.50
2 In Stock
Edelrid Adjustable Belay Station Sling 110cm
Edelrid Adjustable Belay Station Sling 110cm
£26.99
1 In Stock
Black Diamond Link Personal Anchor System
Black Diamond Link Personal Anchor System
£40.00
2 In Stock
Metolius PAS 22
Metolius PAS 22
£42.00
1 In Stock
Grivel Grivel Daisy Chain
Grivel Grivel Daisy Chain
£37.99
2 In Stock

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