BLACK DIAMOND EQUIP­MENT ATC PI­LOT

Climbing - - GEAR TESTED -

Climbers have long loved the ATC, but for all its ver­sa­til­ity it lacked the se­cu­rity of a be­lay as­sist. En­ter the ATC Pi­lot, with its “ge­om­e­try as­sisted brak­ing,” mean­ing an as­sist that comes from the de­vice’s struc­ture, not mov­ing parts. Weigh­ing only 3 ounces, this steel de­vice ac­com­mo­dates a sin­gle rope from 8.7mm to 10.5mm. It was a stead­fast com­pan­ion out crag­ging and in the gym, es­pe­cially for toprop­ing and project be­lays. Low­er­ing was easy—you sim­ply pull up on the er­gonomic horn; mean­while, once you nail the hand po­si­tion for pay­ing out slack, lead be­lay­ing was smooth. For tube-style-de­vice afi­ciona­dos look­ing for a safety leg up, the pur­pose-built ATC Pi­lot can’t be beat. $45, black­di­a­mon­d­e­quip­ment.com

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