Black Diamond Air Traffic Controller
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The ATC represents a superb balance between strength and ease of use. Drop-forged from aircraft-quality aluminum alloy (7075 - T6). Its complex geometry allows it to feed rope smoothly and hold falls with ease. The extensive surface area dissipates heat easily and best of all if used properly the ATC doesn't kink your rope. Weight: 50 gms (1.8 oz). Strength: 24 kN. Designed for single or double 8.5 mm - 11 mm ropes.
Black Diamond Air Traffic Controller Reviews
Reviewed by matt (manchester) on 2006-11-05:
General comments: I have used an ATC for years and would not consider any other device for general belay use. Its performance matches the above product description perfectly, handling beautifully in all conditions. This device does not have variable friction control like other devicesÖ benefiting alternatively from a smooth design that is extremely easy and effortless to use both paying in and out. I have used this with single and double ropes upto 8.4mm. Itís a lot lighter than most devices on the market.
Pros: Simple clean design, very very smooth
Cons: Non that I have encountered
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Chris responded : I have used an ATC for years and also find it performs first time, every time. No tangled ropes or kinks. Smooth belays and abseils. 10 out of 10!!.
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Reviewed by Jamie (Surrey) on 2008-02-01:
General comments: I regularly use my climbing partners instead of my belay and i have found it an all rounder, i like it better than my belay and am going to buy one, it looks cool too! Comment on this review...
Pros: light, low friction for rappelles (probably not spelt right) and suits me as a heavier and bulkier person.
Cons: Cant think of any
Reviewed by Gord (Scotland) on 2008-02-10:
General comments: probably the most commonly used belay device. Comment on this review...
Pros: great bit of kit, simple and easy to use.
Reviewed by Phil Amos (Edinburgh) on 2010-12-29:
General comments: I progressed from ye olde sticht plate (complete with spring to help it bounce further down the mountain when you dropped it) via a Lowe Tuber to a Wild Country Variable Controller, which I have used for years. I got a Wild Country VC Pro cheap from the front cover of a climbing mag a few years ago, didnít like it and consigned it to my Ďsac lid pocket as an emergency spare.
A few years ago I started climbing at the wall with a new group of people, and noticed their lower-offs were always silky smooth even with old ropes, whereas mine were always a bit jerky and awkward. After a few months we happened to leave the belay plate clipped in to the rope, I used my mates BD ATC and the lower-off was suddenly perfectly smooth and easy to control. Bingo! Having now got my own itís a doddle to use, no faffing over which side to use (the WC Variable Controller has a thin side and a fat side, the thin side providing in theory a sharper radius to hold a fall more easily, but in reality just locking off every time you try to pull slack through), chunky enough for big gloves in the winter, and nothing to snag when fully racked up.
In short, the perfect belay device for my needs!Comment on this review...
Pros: All of it - simple, effective, hassle-free.
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