The Beal Birdie is an assisted braking belay device with the cam and friction parts in stainless steel to increase durability. This device works much the same as a GriGri, assisting braking should the climber fall, and utilising a similar kind of handle to lower the climber. The axis ensures the rope doesn't twist when going in or coming out of the device.
|ROPE COMPATIBILITY||8.5 - 10.5 mm|
• No twisting of the rope
• Compact and ergonomic for a good grip
6 product reviews
It can be a bit fiddly at first but once you get the hang of it it's intuitive and smooth, really gives you confidence! And for the price you cant go wrong
I think this thing will last alot longer the aluminium grigri.
Works just as easily, if not more so for giving and taking slack. Only downside i think is for lowering, the rope tends to slide off from the notches at the front, annoying but will not affect safety. Maybe in v2 they can make the notches larger.
My first impressions of the birdie was that it jammed up a lot and was really fiddly,
This was because I was using it like an atc. But after trying it with the GriGri technique I actually prefer it to the grigri as it a lot smoother and when u do want to give slack easily he option is there where as the grigri doesn’t give out slack smoothly in the atc style Luke the birdie does
Overall if you are looking for a picking belay device the birdie is definitely worth the money
I purchased a few of these devices for my family and I've used one roughly 10 times. The only device I've used to compare it to is the ATC pilot and the pilot seems like a better product, for now. The birdie is a little heavy and feeding rope isn't as easy as the pilot. Also, lowering someone is not that smooth - my wife was having a lot of difficulty lowering me.
The construction of these seems really good though and it's possible after a few more uses I"ll end up liking it better and maybe even more than the pilot.
The Birdie feels solid and smooth, yet its still easy to hold on to. Locks quick and the release also works well. Only downside is that the rope tends to dance around quite much when lowering your partner, the "thumb-trick" - as mentioned in the epic-tv video review feels rather akward.