Grigri, Toucan, Karo… there are many different kinds of belay device. Here are our tips on choosing the right model for you.

You should choose your belay device based on the intend use.


Some belay devices are versatile, some are designed only for single rope climbing and top roping.

Multi-pitch routes and alpinism

You need to take a belay device that can be used with a double rope. To belay a second from above on multi-pitch route you need a device with a loop to clip it on a stance. These devices are more versatile but also heavier and more expensive.

Single rope belaying/Top roping

All belay devices can be used for single rope belaying or top roping. Petzl's Grigri is a specialised device with assisted braking.

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