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Average Rating = 4.86/5 Average Rating : 4.86 out of 5
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Manufacturer: Petzl

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This multi-purpose belay/rappel device is lightweight and easy to use. The asymmetric V-shaped grooved friction channels regulate the amount of braking friction on the rope according to its diameter and condition.

  • Ultra-light design:
    • minimalist construction
    • hot-forged aluminum
    • 72 g
  • A single device for all rope types:
    • effective braking on half and twin ropes = 7,5 mm
    • effective braking on single ropes = 8,9 mm
    • can belay the leader, one or two seconding climbers and can be used for rappelling
    • independent and simultaneous belaying of one or two seconding climbers in Reverso mode
    • quick change-overs from Reverso mode to belaying the leader when climbing multi-pitch routes
  • V-shaped friction channels:
    • increased friction on thin ropes
    • friction is adapted for larger diameter ropes
    • increased holding power in Reverso mode
  • Asymmetrically grooved sidewalls:
    • increased braking power during a leader or top rope fall or while rappelling
    • rope smoothly slides through device when taking up slack
  • Carabiner hole to release device when loaded in Reverso mode: allows the loaded device in Reverso mode to be easily and gradually released with only a carabiner
  • Rope friendly:
    • will not kink the ropes regardless of the mode used
    • separates the two strands of rope when belaying and rappelling
  • Intuitive:
    • Reverso mode attachment point is easy to identify
    • 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.
Technical specifications

For use on single ropes (= 8,9 mm), half and twin ropes (= 7,5 mm)
Weight: 72 g
Hot forged aluminum body
Available in 3 colors:
- green, D17 G
- blue, D17 B
- titanium, D17 T
3-year guarantee

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overall a winner 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: godfather2, 2011-01-13

The reverso3 is pretty simple to use, especially since this is the 3rd rendition of it. I appreciate the varying diameter of ropes that the reverso can accomodate. the teeth on my atc have barely worn over a year or so of climbing so I can't complain.

The only downside is the notchiness when lowering a climber from top-belay. I just can't seem to get it smooth enough. for this i've simply resorted to using a grigri.

simply put, it's a great device that's simple to use and worth the $

reverso3 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: poedoe, 2010-03-22

Ok auto locking belay device, we've seen it before (the original reverso, bd guide, trango b52), so what sets this apart? The big thing is that large circle on the bag of the device where one would clip a biner to in order to use the autolocking mode. More specifically the orientation of the hole: it allows the device to hang more naturally at the belay so stuff doesn't get as twisted.

this is the choice belay device- 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: stevendo, 2008-12-07

because of the mixed reviews i bought the reverso3 and the atc-guide at the same time so my boyfriend and i would both have an atc and then we could compare them and see which was best for us- we're both beginners and climb at the local gym so we haven't been able to use all of their features, but they both belay very well- particularly when using the friction side-

i do prefer the reverso3 over the atc-guide because the reverso3 will take the thicker ropes that my gym hasn't changed yet-

it is not important to note but the reverso3 is considerably lightly than the atc-guide- when we are able to purchase our own ropes and go outdoors i can leave a more thorough commentary on the reverso3-

Great Product 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: Papolap19, 2008-08-29

This is probably one of the quickest and easiest to use products i own. The design is great and it's very light weight. It locks off well for rappelling or lowering and functions great as a lead belay. It also hangs very well on a top anchor for a locking belay when climbing multi-pitch. My climbing partner and I both own them. I have not used it on double ropes, but friends tell me it works great on skinny ropes as well. Out of all the belay devices i've used and owned, this has by far been the best. And it comes in cool colors!! Definitely recommended to climbers of all levels.

Smooth and Easy 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: retro, 2008-08-28

One of the best belay devices on the market today. It feeds out rope smoothly and easily and locks quickly to catch that unnexpected fall. When bringing up a second or two, the ropes feed easily with little to no binding allowing you to concetrate on your partners progress. on autolock mode, the rope cinches tighly and quickly. Using a carabiner, one can slip the oprn gate into the device to allow one to lower with ease (something that the BD ATC fell a bit short on). The device can be a little less smooth on rappel, but I opt to turn the Reverso 3 around so the teeth are away from my brake hand (*not something the company recommends) and I have had no problems with binding or seizing on the way down. Overall, a great device for the money. The Reverso 3's ligthweight design and solid performance has earned a permanent place on my rack!

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