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Petzl Reverso Belay Device

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Petzl Reverso Belay Device
4.3 out of 5 based on 41 user reviews.

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Review by NeeDlzdos on Nov. 07, 2007
I have used mine for 2 years on hundreds of pitches. Works great for belaying 2 seconds simultaneously or using the autoblock feature to belay the second. Works fine for the rope sizes recomended (and even a bit smaller). In general, I don't have any major complaints and would buy another one.
Seems to have worn faster than other belay devices I've used, but that might be due to new areas I'm frequenting leading to a gritty rope. Lowering a second from autoblock mode is a pain, but I only use that when I'm positive my second won't need slack.
I like the BD guide as well.

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Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
A multipitch climber's best friend. The reverso can be used as an emergency ascender and auto-blocking belay device.
It sounds like a cow bell.
Black Diamond has the ATC Guide which is the competition to this model. Petzl has the Reversino for small diameter ropes.

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Review by Keese on Nov. 05, 2007
The first of the autoblocking belay devices.
Lowering a second in auto block mode with the Reverso is much more complicated than its competitors. Also one needs the smaller model to deal with smaller sized ropes. Making this not your choice when it comes to an all sport belay device.
ATC Guide. GiGi. B52

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Review by SnowMonkey on Jan. 22, 2008
Smooth paying out, easy locking off. Works very nicely with your average rope. Can do some clever tricks with auto locking.
A bit fussy about rope size. Jams with very fat ropes (11mm +). Petzl recommend the Reversino for ice lines and small 1/2 ropes because the Reverso is too slick.

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Review by genghis on Aug. 12, 2012
Nice for the autoblock function and if you need serious friction.
Sharp edges make it kinda all or nothing for friction. The BD is much more gradual in it's delivery of rope, less noisy, and far more flexible with regard to rope size.
BD XP Guide. Bought this before the XP-G came out to have for the autoblock, but as soon as BD came out with their version I went for that one for the same functions, but less damaging to the rope and because it is better at all the roles.

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Review by marks on Jan. 16, 2008
Multipitch climbers friend. Autoblocking takes a little practice but after you know what your doing it's a great feature.

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Review by crosscountry445 on Oct. 26, 2007
Fantastic for multipitch with a 3-man party. Auto-lock setup makes it great for belaying that second who just won't give up on the Carolina-Country-Snacks-Pork-Cracklins-with-Rinds-Attached.
Don't load it backwards, or you'll cut through your rope.
ATC Guide or Reversino.
If you got this review and were looking for pork rind reviews, go here:

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Review by Dusty on May. 13, 2008
Many features packed into a small package, pictures on side of unit to help you set it up, autoblock feature great for top belay, easy on rope
Noisy on gear rack, don't use all features enough to remember how to set them up

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Review by jonnymtman on Mar. 10, 2009
strong, easy to use, self locking is great option
hard on rope, lots of rope fuzz stripped off during rappel, BD guide and reverso 3 are significantly better options.
BD guide

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Review by rondo.bauer on Mar. 03, 2008
High friction belay device that auto-blocks and lets me belay from the anchor.
Maybe too high friction.

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Review by fb_14818194 on Jan. 16, 2008
love this, no complaints
have heard it wears fast if used for primary belay device

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Review by sleepytom on Jan. 19, 2008
autolocking, can belay two followers, double rope rappel
unloading a locked device

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Review by fb_5800777 on Jan. 20, 2008
auto-blocking mode, two slots, good breaking power
wears fast

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Review by stevencook on Jan. 20, 2008
great device that is versatile and handy

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Review by fb_21804477 on Jan. 20, 2008
auto-locking feature is a must for multi pitch climbing great

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Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
good on stiff ropes

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Review by fb_1263399981 on Jun. 15, 2008
(Older model, no ridges) Smooth belay, and rapel.
Picky about rope thickness

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Review by fb_11322771 on Jan. 20, 2008
Great for multipitch

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Review by fb_670099023 on Jan. 21, 2008
Ive got vr. 1. hasent failed me yet

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Review by fb_593913223 on Jan. 23, 2008
If you need one step up from a tube style, here ya go.

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Review by fb_47800198 on Feb. 09, 2008
I love it
one that I have come across yet

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Review by diebetes on May. 07, 2008
Seconding mode.
Get the new one!

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Review by fb_595211468 on May. 30, 2008
Pretty easy and straight forward to use. Solid construction.

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Review by lumineferusother on Jun. 25, 2008
The greatest belay/rappel device created...

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Review by Kirill Zemlyanskiy on Jul. 19, 2008
pretty light
gets sharp. occasionally locks on lead belays

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Review by fb_43200129 on Feb. 26, 2008
multi-pitch friendly

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Review by fb_600342173 on Mar. 08, 2008
A must have for multi-pitch climbs

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Review by fb_1119510125 on Mar. 12, 2008
works great, much better than your basic ATC

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Review by fb_740791199 on Apr. 15, 2008
all time favorite.

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Review by fb_587152591 on Apr. 15, 2008
it works
not my fav device
Kong chouy

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Review by fb_590200209 on May. 20, 2008
Great for belaying a Second.

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Review by fb_24403612 on May. 28, 2008
Great belay/rap device

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Review by Antonio De Luca on Jun. 30, 2008
great for long routes

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Review by la sportiva on Jul. 27, 2008
easy to use diagrams

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Review by fb_866120310 on Apr. 04, 2008
a classic

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Review by Chalk Bag on Aug. 06, 2008

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Review by fb_562035226 on Jan. 18, 2008
works awesome

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Review by fb_637910379 on Jan. 27, 2008

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Review by brs1986 on Feb. 05, 2008
most versatile

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Review by fb_79302166 on Feb. 06, 2008

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Review by shoesbasecamp on Feb. 15, 2008
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