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Mammut Smart Belay Device Review

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Published on Feb 15, 2010

Mammut Smart belay device for belaying and rappelling. Full review at http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Belay-D... The Mammut Smart is the lowest price and the lightest auto-locking belay device on the market. It's recommended by the manufacturer for use with cords smaller than those for a GriGri or Cinch (see more below). It's low profile and simple design works especially well for toproping. We also liked it for belaying the leader, but many testers repeatedly short-roped us during clips.
The Smart is a good value for an auto-locking belay device. The $30 price is less than 1/3 the cost of a Petzl GriGri and 1/2 the cost of the Trango Cinch. Mammut Smart Belay Device Its also 1/5 the weight of those two devices. Te Smart takes some getting used to though, and we found many people had a hard time feeding rope fast to a leader. However, once we got the hang of it, it worked fine on ropes down to 8.9mm and up to 10.5mm a range the Trango Cinch http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Belay-D... and Petzl GriGri http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Belay-D... are officially not recommended for. Like any device, the Smart can be mastered for smooth belaying/rappelling, but it takes a bit more work to get used to than some of the other products reviewed. The Cinch and GriGri still handle better, but the Smart is a great value option and we love the lightweight package. Check out our complete belay device review to see how this compared to others. http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Belay-D...

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