Before you go on your next climb, make sure you have the right gear and learn about the best ATC devices. An ATC (or Air Traffic Control device) is a type of passive camming device used for rock climbing. Black diamond pioneered the ATC device. The following best ATC devices will help you belay and rappel the mountain safely.
- Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device. The ATC-XP was voted "best belay device" by Climber's magazine in 2009. The ATC-XP is suitable for all types of rock climbing, especially lead climbing. The ATC XP features two modes for belaying and rapelling. This belay device is compatible with with 7.7mm to 11mm ropes. The ATC XP is also easy to control. Note: This is not an auto-lock device.
- Blackdiamond ATC Belay Device. This simple ATC belay device is lightweight and weighs 1.8 ounces. It comes in five different colors. This ATC is easy to use for beginning climbers and is simple to feed through your rope. The ATC belay device gives you what you need, nothing more, nothing less.
- Black Diamond ATC Guide. The Guide is the most versatile ATC device for climbing. It handles ropes from 7.7 to 11 mm. This ATC device features a "guide mode" which will allow you to bring up one to two climbers. If you are a beginner, the ATC Guide is probably unnecessary, but if you plan to lead, the ATC guide is the best ATC device for you.
- Black Diamond Super 8 Belay/Rappel device. This ATC Device is made of 7075-T6 aluminum alloy. The Super 8 is designed to be strong and lightweight at the same time. The Super 8 makes climbing smooth by eliminating excess material. The Super 8 is also compatible with any rope size.