We think a great belay device is one that lets you focus on your climbing partner, it doesn’t get noticed, doesn’t snag or get in the way and gives you confidence; the Mammut Element Light is one of those bits of gear that just works without any hassle.
With a lightweight construction (58g) the Element Light is suitable for double, half and single ropes ranging from 7.5mm to 10.5mm in diameter, so most bases covered there. We’ve used this belay in a range of situations, from indoor gym climbing to multi-pitch climbs in the alps and it’s performed well in all situations.
When lead climbing, the Element Light pays out rope without too much friction, and locks confidently in a fall. The V-shaped grooves seem to do a good job in controlling friction in both arrests and decent requiring little physical effort from the belayer.
With a wide range of tube style belays on the market, it’s always a good idea to test them out so see what you prefer, over the years I’ve tried out a range of devices (such as the DMM Bug, Petzl Verso, Black Diamond ATC, Edelrid Jul etc.) and the Mammut Element Light has been my favourite and go-to device, with a low RRP and nice set of features if you’r in two minds about which belay device to go for, give this one a go, you won’t be disappointed!