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Petzl Reverso Belay Device


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We like simple gear because it’s easy to use with cold hands, in a daze of calorie-debt, or under the light of a headlamp. Petzl’s Reverso is a classic example of a simple piece of equipment that does its job and does it well. Capable of rappelling and belaying, the Reverso weighs only 57g. Deep V-shaped friction channels provide precise braking power on skinnier rope while also quickly relieving applied load when taking up slack in a belay. Get the latest iteration of a Petzl icon and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Capable of rappelling, belaying a leader, bringing up 1-2 followers (Reverso mode), or even top-roping.
  • UIAA Certification is the gold standard criteria for climbing and mountaineering gear.
  • Best used with 8.5-10.5mm single ropes, 7.1-9.2mm half ropes, or 6.9-9.2mm twin ropes.
  • Quick transition from Reverso mode to belaying the leader for swapping leads.
  • Hot forged aluminum body keeps weight down and durability up.

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Questions & Reviews

Question from Rich
Would this work on the Petzl 6mm Rad line for rappel/belay ?
Answer from Carlos M
Hi Rich,

While the Rad line is often used with a munter hitch, it can be used with the Reverso for rappelling provided that you double up the belay carabiners - this will give more friction to the system for better control over the rappel. With one carabiner, it will not provide sufficient friction for good control of the descent.
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Elliot D (used product regularly)
The Reverso is a smooth and functional belay device. Compared to the BD ATC Guide the Reverso is slightly lighter which makes me more likely to carry it on bigger missions.
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Benski (used product regularly)
Love our Reversos. Accepts a wide variety of rope sizes (just not the large 11mm statics), and has very friendly handling and carabiner holes that fit almost any carabiner. Friction grooves provide just enough extra power when needed.

If you ever need one for wider ropes, the original first generation (solid rather than cable loop) is pretty sweet.
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Centerfold (downright abused product)
Best tube style device on the market. Hands down. Better than the BD ATC. The best feature of this is generous hole to help the climber escape in a rescue scenario. Lightweight. Great friction on the rope. Works great in guide mode. Highly recommended.
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