Edelrid Mega Jul
The Edelrid Mega Jul is an award-winning assisted braking belay device. The most versatile belay and abseil device made of solid stainless steel for durability.
If you'd like to see it in action, you can see a demonstration from Edelrid in the video above.
High braking performance assists the belayer with leader falls
Small eyelet for releasing unit with a carabiner when bringing up your partner
For belaying a leader or bringing up 2 seconds, also suitable for abseiling
Rope can be paid out faster to a leader by holding device in the “open” position with the thumb
Suitable for 7.8 - 10.5 mm ropes
Robust solid stainless steel construction
2 product reviews
Possibly the best ABD in the market.
Used it for about 2 months now i can say this ABD is really easy to use. It is really good feature wise, from indoor climbing and sport climbing to multi pitches outdoor.
At this price i dare say it is the best ABD.
Pros: Affordable, multi functional, light weight, easy to use, durable
Cons: May not be the smoothest when giving slack, but then again it really depends on the amount of practice you have. For me personally the third session was all it took to somewhat master the mega jul.
My partner and I have been using the edelrid mega jul for 3 years (~245 ascents) for sport, for trad, for ice climbing, for bringing 2 followers up, for absailing and it remains the lightest autoblocking device that can handle ropes in range 7,9 - 10,5mm. We use Beal Cobra II (8.6mm) half-rope for trad and Beal Karma 9.8mm for sport. The device blocks automatically when the leader falls, which makes our belaying more relaxed.
The thing I like the most is that it has no mechanical parts that can freeze up when climbing in the winter.
On absails you _can_ use it in lead-climbing mode without a prusik, but with a lot of rope below you, it can be difficult to get a smotth descent. I prefer to use Edelrids alternative method which turns the device around and supports the absail with a french prusik. This transfer the abrasion of the rope from the hand to the prusik (so no burns), and gives a smooth descent.