Compact belay device with assisted braking for lead climbing or top rope. All metal construction with cam and friction components in stainless steel for great durability. The rope exits following the device’s axis to avoid twisting. The BIRDIE can be used with all dynamic single ropes from 8.5mm to 11mm.
All steel construction
Compatible with ropes from 8.5mm to 10.5mm
Weight: 210g 7.4 oz
Color: Green, Orange, or Blue based on availability (can specify in notes, no guarantee)
This is an alternative to the elusive MadRock Safeguard. It is slightly heavier, but cheaper, and can function as a rappel/abseil device.
NOTE: Beal Birdie functions smoothly as a rappel device, but if you plan to climb or hang from it we recommend the use of a tied prusik to back it up. The Birdie is similar to the Lifeguard or GriGri+, so it is possible for it to slide down your rope when unweighted. But when rappelling, there is no difference between it and the Madrock Safeguard.