Reverso 4 Belay Device

Petzl Reverso 4 Belay Device Reviews

The Petzl Reverso 4 is an ultra-light (59 g) multi-purpose belay/rappel device that regulates the amount of braking friction on the rope according to its diameter and condition. The ultra-light Petzl Reverso 4 is 25% lighter than the previous version. V-shaped friction channels with asymmetrical lateral grooves adapt the friction to the type of rope for better control. ARC technology: braking control for twin, half and single dynamic ropes. Reverso mode for belaying one or two seconds with assisted braking. Carabiner hole allows the loaded device in Reverso mode to be easily and gradually released with only a carabiner. Carabiner hole allows the loaded device in Reverso mode to be easily and gradually released with only a carabiner. Rope friendly, allows for smooth belaying and rope handling. Will not kink the ropes regardless of the mode used. Keeper cable keeps the device from moving up the rope when belaying and reduces chances of losing the device. Usage diagrams (standard belay and Reverso modes) engraved on device. Use with symmetrical locking carabiners to maximize efficiency.

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Smooth and high quality guide style belay device

Petzl is my go to for belay devices and carabiners, and many other things. There attention to detail is superior. This belay device is obviously used for multi pitch climbing, and is similar to the Black Diamond ATC Guide. The difference is that the top guide loop is facing front to back as opposed to side to side. This is personal preference on what works for you. In my opinion the Petzl Verso and Reverso are smoother feeding than the BD ATC. Again, personal preference for what works best with you and your climbing gear needs.

In my personal opinion the reverso when on belay makes feeding rope to your climber a breeze in comparison to the grigri. Rappelling with the reverso is also relatively simple and unlike the grigri you can use your atc to double rope rappel allowing equal force to be placed on both strands of rope. I defiantly suggest purchasing a prusik to double as a third hand though so that if necessary you can release the breakline and stay where you are. If you opt out on the prusik always ask for a fireman’s belay when on rap.
Although I love the protection and comfort the grigri offers with its auto lock, the grigri doubles in weight in comparison to an atc. Weight plays a huge factor in multipitching so being able to cut where you can defiantly matters. If your just starting out I would suggest the grigri over the reverso. As stated above the grigri makes belaying a lot more safer and relaxing as the auto lock does the work for you when catching a fall.

Petzl reverso ATC

The reverso was the first debut I bought and there's a good reason why I keep replacing it..
I've even tried going the gri gri route and although it's a great device I airways gravitate back to the reverso, plus it's cheaper to replace when you drop it...
The feature I like the most it the big loop on the one side the makes top down belaying a breeze...

Plus, plus it has narrower channels so you get a bit more speed control when repelling...

Like u said there's a good reason why I keep going with the reverso and why I keep 2 on me at all times...

Cheers,
Happy climbing!!

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