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Petzl Reverso 3 (Discontinued)

Weight77 g
Max Diameter (mm)8.9

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Petzl Reverso 3 (Discontinued)
4.4 out of 5 based on 18 user reviews.

Cred: 2509
Review by livextreme41 on Dec. 17, 2008
handles superbly. Works better with the full range of ropes than the ATC guide and does not retain as much heat on long rappells.
larger ropes can lock up when lowering and can just be hard to feed with gloved hands. If you climb with a 10mm or bigger, I would recommend the guide.
ATC guide for small diameter ropes.

Cred: 531
Review by jrmontag on Jul. 09, 2009
super smooth, excellent heat dissipation, bright colors, incredibly handy for multi-pitch belaying
larger ropes (>10 mm) are a little tougher to push into the device, but still totally do-able (i use a 10.2 with it all the time)
BD guide atc

Cred: 308
Review by ericswanson on Jan. 19, 2009
This has got to be the smoothest belay device I've ever used. Seriously good control. I tend to use larger (10 mm and up) ropes, so I can't speak for the smaller diameters. Can't wait to get out on some multipitch with this baby!
I have not found any so far.

Cred: 8
Review by hoffy on May. 27, 2009
the reverso3 functions well with half-ropes (8ish mm diam) in both "guide mode" and standard mode. it also seems to take single ropes with larger diameters (10.5ish) in standard mode.
as much as i love the reverso in auto-locking mode with half-ropes, it is an absolute bear to operate it in guide mode with one or two larger (>10mm) single ropes. taking slack is a major chore and can really only be done in 4-6 inch motions with ropes over 10mm diam. with one follwer this is annoying. with two, it can be kind of dangerous. if you never plan on using it this way, this is a non-issue. on the other hand, the bd guide atc accepts these larger diameter ropes in guide mode so it may be a better choice overall.
if you are looking for an auto-blocking device to bring up 2 seconds at the same Time on single ropes (>10mm) go with the bd guide atc.

Cred: 357
Review by eswanson on Jan. 29, 2011
Light, works for multipitch. I mostly just use it for sport routes and rappelling down to clean sport routes, but I have tried the multipitch function a couple times just for fun.
I have the green, and the anodizing seems to wear off pretty quick. Don't think it's a problem, just hoped it would stay pretty longer.

Cred: 30
Review by mfrench on Oct. 27, 2008
Smoothest belay device I have ever used. Ridiculously easy (and, again, smooth) when lowering in auto-lock mode (with the help of a biner nose for leverage). Somehow manages to do this and still have all the friction in the world. I use this in place of my old reverso, ATC and ATC-XP
I've heard that it doesn't comfortably take ropes over 10.5mm. It is rated for use with them, it's just a bear to actually get them in there.
This is the recommended alternative to everything else.

Cred: 22
Review by billb on Sep. 06, 2011
Feeds smoothly in both lead and auto lock setup
when using it in Auto lock for the second the hole that allow you to lower is designed for a spirit caribiner. this means most biners won't fit.
ATC Guide but it doesn't feed as well. Just have to wait for reverso 4...

Cred: 390
Review by Zeric1 on Mar. 28, 2009
Lightweight, feeds fairly well, multifunctional.
autolock mode works but requires a lot of effort to pull the rope.

Cred: 22
Review by Shintao on Apr. 06, 2009
Superb, very light and smooth. Works well in autolock mode.
A bit tricky to operate in autoblock mode.

Cred: 1096
Review by jeepnphreak on Dec. 21, 2010
My favorite device for ropes under 9.8mm.
BD ATC guide

Cred: 2643
Review by ndonaldj on Mar. 28, 2012
Pretty good belay device for multi pitch.
Not as good as the BD ATC Guide
Black Diamond ATC Guide

Cred: 22
Review by climber42 on Jun. 27, 2011
very smooth, good for multipitch climbs, light weight
not for super big or small diameter ropes

Cred: 12
Review by jackknife on Jan. 07, 2009
The extra loop is handy for releasing the auto-blocking feature.

Cred: 6
Review by booster III on Nov. 11, 2008
Bloquea maldito!

Cred: 60
Review by superguide on Nov. 28, 2008
I just upgraded from the older Reverso.

Cred: 3
Review by vinceleb on Oct. 22, 2011
Really it's the easiest ATC I've used and it's the very light on the biceps.
None really

Cred: 29
Review by alex m on Dec. 14, 2008

Cred: 26
Review by Kirill Zemlyanskiy on Jul. 19, 2008
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