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Score Product Price Our Take
78
$160
Editors' Choice Award
Versatile assisted braking device with well-designed safety features.
76
$110
Editors' Choice Award
By far the most popular belay device in the world is also one of the very best.
73
$100
Top Pick Award
With a little practice this device quickly became one we enjoy using as much as the GriGri, with few if any downsides…
73
$30
Top Pick Award
Simple, durable, and our Top Pick for multi pitch climbs.
72
$30
Ideal for alpine environments where the ropes are slim and the ounces count.
71
$200
Highly rated for anti-panic lowers and dynamic catches.
70
$22
Smooth rope handling and a simple design all packed in to a mere two ounces.
69
$22
Best Buy Award
Low price pairs well with the basic tube style design and reliability.
64
$90
A good option for longer routes where you want something more compact than a GriGri.
60
$80
Perhaps a bit too complicated for its purpose: smooth and simple functionality.
59
$40
Lightweight and cost effective while leaving us with intrigue for its evolution.
58
$140
Where weight is not a consideration, the Eddy is best.
58
$45
Best Buy Award
A great value which provides more security than a "tuber."
58
$45
A great option for gyms to place on their toprope setups and for single pitch craggers looking for a cheaper option.
56
$50
Ideal for experienced climbers who are quick to respond to rope management subtleties.