Figure8We feature the ‘best of all’ belay devices and descenders from Petzl, Edelweis, CMI, Kong, CMC Rescue, and ABC. These are the products we use and recommend to our clients. 

Belay Devices and Descenders are essentially friction brakes. They are indispensable for controlling the rope, whether one is descending, stopping a fall, or protecting a move.  Devices can be used on single ropes (one strand for rappelling or belaying), as well as on double ropes (two strands for rappelling or belaying). 

"A belay device should be simple and easy to use. The rope should run smoothly through the device so your attention is always on the climber, not on tangled or twisted rope. There are dozens of belay devices on the market. Some are simple friction devices, like stitch plates, tubes, or figure 8's that have no moving parts. An alternative is an automatic belay device that works on a camming principle. Stitch (or belay) plates are flat pieces of metal with holes for one or two bights of rope. Usually the openings are two different sizes. Plates are easy to use, but they aren't smooth rope handlers. Tubes are a modern reincarnation of the traditional belay plate. They have two equal sized holes, so you can switch from single to double rope belays with ease."

By Nancy Prichard

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  1. Petzl Stop Descender Device
    Originally designed for single rope descents in caving, the Stop has become a standard tool for the rope access worker. The Stop is designed to automatically "stop" the descent when the red handle is not depressed. Learn More
  2. CMI Rescue Rack Rappelling Rack Descender
    We chose stainless steel over aluminum because of its "wearever" qualities. In order to compensate for the reduced friction inherent in stainless bars, we increased the radius of the friction surface to a full 1/2". Learn More
  3. Sport Rack - Rappelling Descender
    CMI Sport Racks are formed from 5/16" diameter stainless steel and are fitted with oversize stainless steel bars. We chose stainless steel over aluminum because of its "wearever" qualities. Learn More
  4. Mini Rack Rappelling Descender
    The handy alternative for shorter drops or lighter loads. To reduce weight, the rack is drawn from 5/16" stainless steel, and the solid bars are formed from anodized aluminum. Learn More
  5. Hyper Rack Rappelling Descender Rack
    Our HyperBars, a solid anodized aluminum bar with a single lock-off pin, allow for easier and safer lock offs. The HyperRack includes a single HyperBar. Learn More
  6. Hyper Rack Extreme Rappelling Descender
    The handy alternative for shorter drops or lighter loads. To reduce weight, the rack is drawn from 5/16" stainless steel, and the solid bars are formed from anodized aluminum. Learn More
  7. Petzl Simple Descender
    Petzl Simple Descender, The hand holding the free end of the rope is used to control or stop the descent. In narrow pitches, the Simple Descender has the advantage of being able to follow along the rope on its own, without manipulation. It is for use with ropes from 9 to 12 mm. Learn More
  8. Petzl Rack Brake Bar Descender
    Petzl Rack Brake Bar Descender, The design and configuration of the bars makes it easy to set up and insert the rope. Compact and lightweight, the device allows the user to adjust the amount of friction during the descent to adapt to changing conditions Learn More
  9. Cypher ARC Rappel and Belay Device
    Special Price $16.50 Regular Price $17.99
    GREAT ECONOMICAL BELAY DEVICE. If you are looking for a good ATC style belay device, this is it: Cypher ARC Rappel and Belay Device. Crafted from high-density aircraft-grade aluminum, the ARC is engineered to keep your rope running smoothly through the device for quick payouts and long rappels. Learn More
  10. KONG HYDROBOT Rappel/Belay Devices
    Hydrobot is a new tool conceived for Hydrobot is a new tool conceived for modern canyoning; can be used both with one or two ropes and it allows an easy changement of the braking under load. Learn More
  11. Petzl Pirana Descender
    The PIRANA descender offers multiple braking options and can be installed on the rope without removing it from the harness. Designed for use with canyoning descent techniques. Learn More
    As low as $429.00
    This innovative, all-in-one Pulley/Auto belay for fall protection is lightweight and easy to use. Auto belay pulley Locks in either direction (right or left) while climbing up or down. Learn More
  13. Head Rush TRUBLUE Auto Belay
    As low as $2,195.00
    An auto belay is an automatic belay device that eliminates the need for a human belayer. In the case of the Head Rush TRUBLUE Auto Belay, it uses Head Rush's patented self-regulating braking system, which is enabled by non-contacting magnetic braking technology. Learn More
  14. Belay 8- Mini Rescue 8
    As low as $17.00
    The Ballet 8 is one of the smallest and strongest mini 8's available. Equipped with Ears, it will serve as a rescue 8, personal escape device, or a regular rappel 8. Learn More
  15. Robertson Rope Belay Spool
    As low as $114.00
    This manual rescue belay can be used as a self belay or with a belayer. The side plates and drum are made from heat treated 6061 T6 Aluminum while the two stainless steel pins keep the rope seperated as it is reaved around the drum. Drum is Aircraft Hard Anodized for extended wear which cost more but makes for a superior product. Learn More
  16. Petzl RIG - Compact self-braking descender
    As low as $239.94
    Compact self-braking descender, Lock off and work with minimum gear to tangle. The Petzl Rig is a proven performer for the zip line and ropes course construction industry. Learn More
  17. Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest Device
    As low as $287.94
    Petzl ASAP Fall Arrest Device, In normal use, the device moves freely along the rope without any manual intervention and accompanies the user in all his movements. Learn More
  18. Petzl Paw Rigging Plate
    As low as $35.94
    Petzl Paw Rigging Plate, Coming in three sizes for different set ups the PAW provides strong and lightweight organization for your rope set up. Learn More
  19. Head Rush QUICKFlight Free Fall

    The Head Rush quickFLIGHT Free Fall Device gives riders the sensation of a “free fall” while comfortably lowering them to the ground.

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  20. Petzl Twin Pulley
    High-strength double pulley designed for rescue professionals to set up progress capture systems of high mechanical advantage. Learn More
  21. Edelrid Micro Jul
    A compact, ultra-light belay and abseil device for half ropes and twin ropes. The only suitable device for use with the Flycatcher 6.9 mm. Learn More
  22. Edelrid Jul2
    Innovative belay device with high braking performance for single ropes. The optimized Mega Jul geometry ensures easy and secure belaying even with thicker ropes. Learn More
  23. Edelrid Eddy Belay
    Easy-to-operate semi-automatic belay device with assisted braking and maximum safety for sport and indoor climbing. Learn More
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