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The Bug


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: The Bug

Manufacturer: DMM

Your Opinion: 
 - 4 Votes


Page By: Ari

Created/Edited: Feb 21, 2002 / Feb 21, 2002

Object ID: 144

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A modern lightweight hybrid descent & belay device. It has a ribbed profile for maximum heat dissipation and heavily radiused edges to reduce rope wear. Suitable for single ropes, double ropes, twins. The attachment cable is very robust, rigid and sufficiently long to prevent it from jamming between the rope and the Belay Karabiner.



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AriUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

The Bug is a bit beefier than Black Diamond ATC. Therefore it heats slightly less when used for descend. Also, I feel that the slots are a bit smaller which gives improved friction, especially for skinny double/twin rope use. This very same fact makes it less than ideally suited for use with very thick single ropes (10.5mm still works reasonably well though).
Posted Feb 21, 2002 10:51 pm

Andy KennedyUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

This has been my belay device of choice for the last three years and ive still yet to find a better piece of gear.

Easy to use with single ropes, double ropes and twins the Bug seems to handle it all. Whether you’re belaying or abseiling, the massively radiused edges are easy on your ropes. The ribbed profile improves your grip when you are loading the rope and helps to dissipate heat on those long rappels.

Posted Apr 23, 2003 9:34 am

PeterBaylissA good belay device

Voted 5/5

It’s a simple design (with a few refinements) and works. I have used it for over 2 years now and had no problems; it feeds nicely, is kind on ropes yet still holds a fall well.
Like all belay device is does get hot on long abseils.
I would personally find it a bit too slick for ropes narrower than 8.5 mm to belay a leader with but then DMM say “The Bug is a classic belay device, happiest handling ropes from 9 to 11mm”.
I have used a fat 11mm+ rope with it and although it was a little difficult to push blight though the device once in it worked and feed fine.

I highly recommend it.
Posted Jan 7, 2008 6:18 am

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