An essential belay/rappel package, the Black Diamond Big Air XP Package features a new ATC-XP and a Mini Pearabiner screwgate carabiner.
The ATC-XP is variable friction belay/rappel devices designed specifically for belaying and rappelling during climbing and mountaineering. The ATC has a high-friction mode (HFM) and a regular-friction mode (RFM), giving one the ability to select the appropriate level of friction for the specific belay or rappel situation. In the HFM, the ATC-XP and have two to three times the friction of the device when used in the RFM. Use the ATC-XP in the HFM when you want more holding power—typically when using small diameter ropes, when rappelling a single line or when belaying a climber working a route. Use the ATC-XP in the RFM when you don’t need the extra holding power.
The Black Diamond ATC-XP comes in a nice anodised blue colour which is the same colour that Black Diamond used for the Transfer 3 Shovel.
See review of Black Diamond Transfer 3 here
- ATC-XP belay device has high-friction grooves that offer 3 times greater hold and stopping power than regular friction mode
- Machined window through the body makes the device 30% lighter than the original version; ATC-XP weighs 64g
- Mini Pearabiner screwgate carabiner has a large rope-bearing surface and a keylock nose that won’t snag on slings and bolt hangers
|Suitable For Belaying||Yes|
|Suitable For Rappelling||Yes|
|Fits Rope Sizes||7.7mm – 11mm, single/double|
Stay tuned on Olympus Mountaineering, because in the coming months I will post a full product review of the Black Diamond ATC-XP based on extensive use on climbing activities.
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