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|Manufacturer:||Black Diamond Equipment|
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The anodized Air Traffic Controller is light, easy to operate and won’t lock up unexpectedly. A good choice for all-round use, the ATC performs well during rappels and belays. This classic design has been subtly refined to beef up the cable at its attachment point, eliminating the possibility of it being sucked into the rope during use. Its smooth feel locks your rope off with ease and won’t kink it during rappels.
Weight: 50 g (1.8 oz)
- Good choice for all-around use
- Clean, simple design is lightweight
- Beefy, coated cable won’t get sucked into device
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Review by: dwbenn, 2011-04-03
An excellent value at the price. A good simple and solid belay device.
Great for anyone
Review by: ClimbingPirate, 2010-06-01
This device works wonders. It is perfect for both beginners and people doing bigger and badder things. It's the perfect tool to learn the ropes of belaying by not offering too much to confuse someone, yet it still has enough to keep anyone safe. I mostly use it for lead climbs, and it gives me the perfect balance of easy feed and taking. And for $20 it's pretty easy to get yourself to buy one!
What more do you need?
Review by: sevs, 2010-01-03
This ATC actually came with the BD momentum package and while it doesn't have the bells and whistles of the ATC-XP or Gri-Gri I love it. I have used it to belay and rappel and have no problems with it.
Review by: sylvanrocks, 2007-11-20
’d guess this is the most common device I see around. It’s about as simple and straight forward as they come. There is beauty in a piece of climbing equipment when there is nothing left to add or take away. Cheryl climbed with these devices for a decade or more, and she always caught my leader falls with style. I never thought they offered the smoothness of a Pyramid, but it was probably that I just never worked with them enough to figure it out. Every climber develops his or her personal favorite, and mine was the Trango. It’s a tough call to say one is actually better then the other though. I’d be happy with either, and my climbing guides prefer that I buy ATC’s for our guest to use because there is only one way to feed the rope through them. Simple and time tested... you gotta like that in your climbing gear.
To loose on smaller ropes
Review by: at-jefft, 2007-09-28
I have used this quite a few time with 11mm ropes and it seems to work fine and perform as expected. However when I use it on anything smaller it becomes quite a chore to lock off I end up having to use my muscle to hold the rope from slipping and not the belay device.(Unlike my B-52)