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A single rope geometry assisted belay device with enhanced braking, the ATC Pilot introduces a system that provides an added level of security to your belay, while allowing for smooth rope payout. READ MORE
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A single rope geometry assisted belay device with enhanced braking, the ATC Pilot introduces a system that provides an added level of security to your belay, while allowing for smooth rope payout. Learn More


The lightweight Black Diamond ATC Pilot represents an advance in technology for the world of assisted braking devices. Providing an added level of security to your belay, the ATC Pilot threads similarly to other tubular belay devices and accommodates ropes from 8.7-10.5mm. The durable steel braking surface has no moving parts, and the smooth and secure control allows for gradual lowering. With an easy rope payout, the ATC Pilot makes single-pitch projecting burns less tiring for the belayer and more secure for the climber.

  • Accommodates ropes from 8.7-10.5
  • Provides an added level of security to single pitch belays
  • Smooth rope payout
  • Controlled lowering
  • Steel construction
  • Ergonomic, non-slip surface
  • Single rope use

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Weight :   92 g (3.25 oz)
ATC Pilot is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Bought the ATC Pilot specifically for sport climbs in the gym. I've been using it exclusively in the gym for about 5-6 months now, and the more I use it, the more I love it. It is not possible to compare it directly to a GriGri, but it seems like a great compromise between that and a regular tube-style belay device. Feeding slack is smooth, and the assisted breaking works great.
Date published: 2018-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth, Simple, Excellent! Some guy stole my backpack with my gym climbing stuff out of my car. I'm hoping he saw the climbing stuff, had an epiphany, got clean and is sending like crazy. However, I lost my primary gym/sport device in the deal and was left wanting another, because I'm lazy and didn't want to resort to using an ATC. Well, solid little deal on the little package with this and the gridlock carabiner and I'm pumped. The device is simple, intuitive and smooth. It's light and makes a compact package with the gridlock. It holds great, catches well, pays out rope super fast and easy. Love the ergonomics, obviously a lot of thought went in to it. It's been popular, and cool to watch how quickly people adapt to it. It's all you need for a gym setup or single pitch sport.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I used a Gri Gri for a while, but when I finally got my hands on a black diamond pilot, I knew this was what I always wanted. I never liked devices with extra mechanics and levers and things of that nature. To me, simplicity is best. I never liked switching from a standard ATC, but a few my partners were insistent all belayers should have assisted braking in this day and age. Once I tried a new partners BD Pilot, I instantly went home and ordered one. Love the simplicity, love still having the assisted brake, and love having my "atc" back again.
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing device I recently got this and with just a few climbs under my belt with it, the device has been amazing. It's easier to pull through than a grigri and still has the benefit of assisted braking, all while being very easy to let out rope safely. I also use it top roping with my wife. I feel much safer climbing with her using this rather than a tube style ATC while belaying me as it is much easier for her to use and catch me.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Фантастика! Фантастика! Просто и со вкусом. Просто и понятно. Легко
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Dont have to hold down hard on the rope when the climber is hanging. It catches automatically when they fall. So much less effort for the belayer. must use a carabiner made with a nice thick round material. The thin ones dont work and then its no more use than a regular ATC.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use and safe!! I bought for of these for high school class learning lead belay. Best device ever...the kids learned how to use it quickly and the level of safety went up right away. They all commented how easy it was to transition from feeding rope to taking rope in. Simple but genius design.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Palm Pilot I like how the design helps me quickly feed rope out for desperate clips yet keeps my brake hand on at all times.
Date published: 2018-04-15
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