Page Type Gear Review
Object Title REVERSO 3
Manufacturer PETZL
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Page Type Aug 1, 2008 / Aug 1, 2008
Object ID 5493
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Product Description

Per the Petzl Website:

This multi-purpose belay/rappel device is lightweight and easy to use. The asymmetric V-shaped grooved friction channels regulate the amount of braking friction on the rope according to its diameter and condition.

Ultra-light design:
*minimalist construction
*hot-forged aluminum
*72 g

A single device for all rope types:
*effective braking on half and twin ropes ¡Ý 7,5 mm
*effective braking on single ropes ¡Ý 8,9 mm
*can belay the leader, one or two seconding climbers and can be used for rappelling
*independent and simultaneous belaying of one or two seconding climbers in Reverso mode
*quick change-overs from Reverso mode to belaying the leader when climbing multi-pitch routes

V-shaped friction channels:
*increased friction on thin ropes
*friction is adapted for larger diameter ropes
*increased holding power in Reverso mode

Asymmetrically grooved sidewalls:
*increased braking power during a leader or top rope fall or while *rappelling
*rope smoothly slides through device when taking up slack

Carabiner hole to release device when loaded in Reverso mode:
*allows the loaded device in Reverso mode to be easily and gradually released with only a carabiner

Rope friendly:
*will not kink the ropes regardless of the mode used
*separates the two strands of rope when belaying and rappelling

*Reverso mode attachment point is easy to identify
*keeper cable keeps the device from moving up the rope when belaying and reduces chances of losing the device
*usage diagrams (standard belay and Reverso modes) engraved on device.

Technical specifications:

*For use on single ropes (¡Ý 8,9 mm), half and twin ropes (¡Ý 7,5 mm)
*Weight: 77 g
*Hot forged aluminum body

Available in 3 colors:
- green, D17 G
- blue, D17 B
- titanium, D17 T

3-year guarantee

Personal Experience

So much nicer than the original Reverso and Reversino. The ability to utilize one device for the wider range of rope diameter's makes this the deal to get. Very effective in the Reverso mode and easy to release the pressure to free the rope and allow for continued use.

Overall, I love it and highly recommend it. Less bulkier than the BD ATC GUIDE and 30 grams lighter!



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hendrickvp - May 6, 2009 6:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Great divce - some limitations
The reverso 3 truely fixes many of the problems encountered with the previous models. However, when using the device as a plaquet in either a top manage site or multi-pitch, it is considerably harder to break the device to lower. This is primarily due to the orientation the loop is in for the plaquet attachment point.
Other than the limitation of breaking the device, it has numerous advantages, and other positive aspects.

Alika - Mar 9, 2010 12:21 pm - Voted 5/5

Excellent Device
Really find this device easy to use and found it a bit easier to use than the ATC guide. It is simpler to handle, lighter and less bulky. Lowering in plaquet mode can be a pain but its not so bad if you just use the carabiner hole. A nice trick to lower if you just need a little lowering is to wiggle the carabiner you have through the rope.

Brian C - Dec 14, 2010 8:59 pm - Voted 3/5

Love it
I wish the material was a bit more rugged. It does show wear if banged against rock. It feels amazing to use on belay and rappel.

WML - Dec 31, 2011 7:37 pm - Hasn't voted

new school ATC Guide much better
Had a Reverso 3, wore it out VERY quickly. The new ATC Guide (hollowed out side design) is much more durable and almost as light. The Reverso 3 feeds rope well while belaying, raps fine, etc. if you don't mind replacing the device very frequently if you use it heavily.

stepho - Jun 29, 2012 9:17 pm - Voted 5/5

works well
feels similar to atc guide and is similar in weight and seems plenty durable.

Brian C - Aug 5, 2013 11:52 pm - Voted 3/5

Mine didn't end up holding up to wear too well. It started devolving deep groves and became very difficult to feed rope though. I went back to using the BD ATC Guide.

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