Below you will find a wide selection of different belays and pulleys used for climbing
Brakes, Rope Clamps and Hoists / Pulley for climbing
If you want to climb rope climbing, a brake is an essential tool and safety equipment. If you are really going on an adventure, you may also need to use a rope clamp or pulley. It is important that you find what you need, but it can be difficult to find out when the selection is so large. Here are some things we think are importent to know so you can make the right decision.
Brakes are used to secure a climbing partner and for rappelling, and they can be very different and have different uses. In this category you will find a wide range of brakes used in climbing and rappelling. Figure-8's, ATC tube brakes aka "pig snout" to name a few. As with all other safety equipment, it is important that you choose the equipment that you are instructed to use or get thorough instruction before using the brake.
ATC tube brakes are by far the most widely used type of brake because of their simple but effective way of being used and because they can be used for almost anything. Whether you need to climb a route in the climbing gym, at the crag, climb several rope lengths or rappelling, an ATC tube brake is a good choice. They can handle many rope diameters, often also double ropes, and can be purchased both without and with grooves that increase friction and braking ability. ATC tube brakes do not weigh that much, and are also the cheapest type of brake you will find.
Assisting belay device most often refer to mechanically assisted brakes such as the Petzls grigri. It is a brake where, the resistance the rope provides on the brake when it runs through causes the brake to squeeze and thereby stop the rope. Assisting brakes have both advantages and disadvantages, they reduce the risk of accidents caused by "human error", and they release ropes in a controlled and comfortable way. On the other hand, they cannot be used with all rope diameters and only one rope at a time, they are heavier than an ATC and should not be used in a cold and icy environment. Assistive brakes thus work best for sport climbing in the climbing gym or at the crag.
REMEMBER, an assisting belay device is NOT an automatic belay device! They are not a reason to relax security.
Figure-8's are, as the name suggests, a figure-8 shaped piece of metal. Figure-8's are primarily used for rappelling, which it is also very good at. Its shape provides a pleasant rappelling experience, and its large surface area makes the figure-8's good for radiating off heat that can otherwise be built up if you rappel a long distance.
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