Wild Country Variable Controller
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A versatile modern device that utilises an asymmetric wedge shape to give two distinct options for both belaying or abseiling - one 'slick' for fast rope manipulation the other 'forgiving' for greater braking potential in the event of a fall. Weight: 63 gms. Designed for use with single or double 8.0 mm - 11.0 mm ropes.
Wild Country Variable Controller Reviews
Reviewed by Andy (Somewhere) on 2006-02-26:
General comments: Easy to use, two friction modes are set just right. I tend to use the slick mode as it gives a better dynamic belay.
Pros: Easy to belay with and use for adseiling
Cons: Scratches easily
Reviewed by Alex C (Cambridge) on 2006-03-08:
General comments: Good, simple belay device. I didn't notice all that much difference between the two settings, but if you belay a very heavy climber then maybe you will. I burned through the plastic on mine while abseiling and had to retire it as there was wire exposed.
Pros: Simple, easy to use as it's essentially a standard belay plate.
Cons: Plastic on the wire seemed to melt and tear easily, but it was a couple of years old and maybe I was abusing it a bit.
Reviewed by Andy Quin (North East) on 2009-04-14:
General comments: I bought this as my first ever belay device, primarily for sport/indoor climbing. Its fairly robust and not especially heavy however, as with he above review, I found the plastic coat of the wire soon wore away and became quite rough/sharp. I never really noticed much difference between settings but I was never really aiming for a dynamic belay. The device also tends to get VERY hot when lowering off. My main gripe, and that of the people I've belayed for, is that the rope can snag fairly easily unless the live and dead ends are practically parallel, meaning you're occasionally fighting to take in quickly and when letting off the climber can have a bumpy descent. I've since bought a much simpler "standard" belay that I will happily use for pretty much everything and much prefer it.
Pros: Nothing especially. Its a pretty red colour.
Cons: "jerky" belays, very hot and the plastic wore away fairly quickly.