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By Legion
Aug 19, 2014
Any predictions how the Matik would perform on roped solo leads, compared to the GriGri versions or Edelrid Eddy? Seems like it could overcome the shortcomings of the existing devices.

And the Grip looks like a fall causes the device to pinch the rope against the biner. Interesting, but probably too sketchy for roped solo leads?

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By shoo
Aug 19, 2014
Rock wars, Red River Gorge
Jawon wrote:
Any predictions how the Matik would perform on roped solo leads, compared to the GriGri versions or Edelrid Eddy? Seems like it could overcome the shortcomings of the existing devices. And the Grip looks like a fall causes the device to pinch the rope against the biner. Interesting, but probably too sketchy for roped solo leads?


Can't say anything about the matik, but it seems clear that the grip can not be used for any soloing purpose. It is more of a soft braking assistance, which requires a hand on the rope both to initiate and maintain braking.

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By Jon Rhoderick
Aug 19, 2014
Splitter choss has the grip at $50 MSRP

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By Legion
Aug 20, 2014
Bump for any thoughts on how the Matik would perform as a device for roped solo leading. Based on this photo from the web...

No sharp-ish edges like the GriGri.
Smaller and lighter than the Eddy.
I'm not sure this is the version to be released but there are videos showing a folding arm, which is "interesting".
And I guess we won't know how the rope feeds til someone has one in hand, but it seems worth a serious consideration.

To whoever gets their hand on this, a review would be much appreciated. Maybe this is already floating around in europe?

Camp Matik belay device
Camp Matik belay device

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By wilcox510
Nov 9, 2014
So how do you lower a climber with the DMM Grip? Seems like the normal position your would keep your brake hand in for lowering someone with an ATC would just cause the to go into "assisted hold mode" or whatever you want to call it.

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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 9, 2014
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
I have bought or tried every belay device made in the last 35 years known to man....like some,,sold off a few, and am finally saying I DON'T need to get or try one more. They all work pretty much the same,,even the brake assist ones still feed rope through, around a carabiner, and back up to a braking hand. I'm done buying belay devices. I can always just wrap that rope around my phat' ass and do a mountaineers hip belay as a last resort.

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