I broke my friend's ATC, and am trying to find a replacement, but I don't quite know what to look for.

It was a somewhat unique unit, at least among those I've seen; it was a standard "basket" ATC with a screw-lock carabiner, but it had a plastic clip that secured the cable from the ATC to the slotted side of the 'biner, presumably so there was no possibility of losing one or the other. The plastic wasn't structural/weight-bearing.

Either way, it broke, it's my fault, and I can't for the life of me figure out what to ask Google to find the term for such a device, or a manufacturer that sells them.

Does anyone know what the term for a belay device with a plastic clip that secures the ATC to the carabiner is? More to the point: who manufactures them?


  • Why don't you ask your friend?
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 17, 2015 at 15:39
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    Could you possibly provide us with a doodle of what it is you're trying to describe?
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 17, 2015 at 21:01
  • @ShemSeger that was going to be my next step :)
    – Zac B
    Mar 27, 2015 at 11:18
  • This, my friend, is why I always carry two belay devices.
    – Joshua
    Apr 27, 2016 at 17:45
  • "I broke my friend's ATC" .... How? It's a solid piece of metal. :|
    – endolith
    May 14, 2018 at 21:46

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Is this what you're referring to?

This is a Petzl UNIREVERSO:

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  • As far as I can tell you can only buy this as a complete system. You may have to contact a Petzl dealer to see if you can order the plastic connection piece individually.
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 17, 2015 at 21:16
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    Can someone explain what this achieves because I don't get it? the DMM stops cross loading, this doesn't seem to do a lot apart form hold your belay plate and carabiner together? It seems a bit gimmicky to me.
    – user2766
    Mar 19, 2015 at 10:51
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    @Liam It holds your ATC away from your carabiner, which prevents it from locking when you're just feeding rope through it. It makes belaying a lot smoother.
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 19, 2015 at 15:51
  • Cool, ta for the info!
    – user2766
    Mar 19, 2015 at 16:13
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    @Liam It essentially mimics the same function as a spring on a belay plate.
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 19, 2015 at 17:16

Hmmm... could it be that you mean the DMM Belay master?

The main functions of the plastic clip are to ensure that the carabiner gate is screwed shut before it can be closed, and to prevent cross-loading of the carabiner.

  • Sounds like a belay master to me
    – user2766
    Mar 17, 2015 at 13:53
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    I don't think so, the OP says the peice was on the ATC, not the biner.
    – ShemSeger
    Mar 17, 2015 at 20:58
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    @ShemSeger I also overlooked that at first sight. Seems the question is not about the Belay Master.
    – Wills
    Mar 17, 2015 at 21:31

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