The Black Diamond ATC Belay Device stands as one of the most ubiquitous belay devices across the planet, so much so that the acronym ATC has spilled over as a synonym for other similar belay devices. Why is it called the ATC? It truly is an Air Traffic Controller. This device is simple, reliable, nearly unbreakable and has been around in the climbing game front awful lot longer than most other belay devices. Many engineers hold the opinion that perfection is finally attained when something has been stripped to its most basic functions and all of the frills removed, the Black Diamond ATC Belay Device is exactly that.
Smooth handling geometry permits ropes between 7.7 mm and 11 mm and comes in many a color. I guess the next question is-do you know many climbers without an ATC? Chances are slim, they hold a place on everybody's gear loop.
Minimalist, easy-to-use design is well suited for a wide variety of climbing situations
Large surface area dissipates heat while lowering or rappelling
Durable cable holds its shape and resists getting caught between ropes
Handles ropes from 7.7 mm to 11 mm
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