The Click Up is an assisted belay device for use with single ropes 8.9mm to 10.5mm from Climbing Technologies, Italy.
My Click Up has been used for lead and top rope belaying indoors and top rope belaying outdoors. It’s been used with a variety of ropes from well used centre ropes to brand new Beal Diablo unicore 10.2mm.
|Best Uses||Sport Climbing, Indoor Climbing.|
|Pros||Great holding power (better than Mammut smart) Simple design (no real moving parts part from the plastic 'click up' spring). Usable even if you put the rope in the wrong way around. Paying out/taking in is similar to a regular atc/bug device. Being left or right handed makes no difference. Progressive 'feel' to the lowering action. Easier for lighter people to lower heavy partners than the gri gri. Worked well on new and old ropes.|
|Cons||Set up not obvious at 1st glance. Doesn't stow neatly on the harness.|
I’ve used almost every belay device that’s been on the market over the years and am always interested in new and different ideas and was keen to see what Climbing Technology had done with the design principle used on devices like Wild Country’s SRC, Mammut’s Smart and Camps YoYo. All these devices, including the Click Up are assisted devices with no moving parts (the Click Up does have a small plastic spring), and relies on the movement of the karabiner to pinch/clamp the rope against the body of the device (a principle not far removed from the original guide plates). Since these devices don’t rely on a moving cam to capture the rope and a lever mechanism to release it (Petzl GriGri, Faders Sum, Edelrid Eddy, Trango Cinch) they tend to be lighter and more compact.
On 1st use set up took a while to get used to due to the square shape but once used a few times it becomes easy. Taking in is smooth even when it’s ‘clicked up’ and paying out quickly to a leader is very similar to a regular device until it ‘clicks up’, and with practice releasing and paying out is straight forward and quick enough to not hinder the leader. I’ve previously favoured the Mammut Smart but found on certain ropes that it wouldn’t hold fast (better for reducing impact forces thoough) the Click Ups holding power is far better even with a shiney new 10.2mm rope. Lowering is really nice as it’s release is progressive and you get good feedback through the device (unlike Wild Country’s SRC). My wife struggles to lower me with a Petzl GriGri or Mammut Smart due to our weight difference but had no trouble using the Click Up. I gave it to some novice friends and with very little instruction they were able to use it easily thanks to its simplicity. One slight niggle is that because it’s required/advised that it’s used with a karabiner with a retaining clip to prevent it rotating on the krab it doesn’t stow properly/neatly onto your harness.
For sport climbing/top roping I really like the Click Ups simplicity, holding power and feel and it’s my ‘go to’ device now over the Petzl GriGri, Mammut Smart and Edelrid Eddy.