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Pro Guide Lite
Version A
Pro Guide Lite
Version B
 
Pro Lite VC Pro VC Pro II
Pro Lite VC Pro VC Pro II

Overview


Pro Guide
(#1793)

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Technical Details

I acquired my Wild Country Pro Guide from Backcountry Gear in 2012.

The Wild Country Pro Guide is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. Mine is 40 mm. long, 100 mm. wide, 90 mm. high, and weighs 89 g. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves and a plastic-covered cable keeper. The slots are 35 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 23 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is printed with "WILD COUNTRY" and the Wild Country logo. The other side has a book-with-the-intenational-danger-signal icon,"MAH," a hand-holding-a-rope illustration, "Pro Guide," and a climber illustration.

Comments

The Wild Country Pro Guide is one of the following closely-related belay tubes:

Image Device Side Eye Keeper
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version A Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version A Thin Round 4.7 mm.
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version B Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version B Open Round 4.7 mm.
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version C Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version C Open Pear 4.7 mm.
BlueWater Ranger BlueWater Ranger Round
Hole
Round 3.8 mm.
Climb X Guide Climb X Guide Solid Round 4.7 mm.
Edelweiss Guru Alpin Edelweiss Guru Alpin Solid Round 3.8 mm.
Image Device Side Eye Keeper
Fixe Descender Fixe Descender
(a.k.a. Miku V2)
Open Round 3.8 mm.
Salewa Alpine Tuber Salewa Alpine Tuber Solid Pear 4.0 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Wild Country Pro Guide Solid Round 3.8 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite Wild Country Pro Guide Lite
Version A
Open Round 3.8 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite Wild Country Pro Guide Lite
Version B
Open Pear 4.0 mm.
 

Each of these is 97±4 mm. long and 41±2 mm. wide, but their weights range from 72 to 100 g., quite a span. Their slots are all 35±1 mm. long and 14±1 mm. wide. They all have plastic-covered cable keepers, with the Black Diamond and Salewa keepers being and stiffer than others.

The Black Diamond ATC-Guide was the first of these to appear, by many years. Version A was an improved version of their Black Diamond ATC-XP. From there, the basic design evolved and similar devices appeared from others.

RiggingThese extend the ATC-XP and equivalents by adding a carabiner hole at the one side and a cord hole beneath the jaws. When belaying a second from above, a guide can clip the device to an anchor sling with a carabiner passed through the carabiner hole, belaying in an autostop mode, much like one might with a Kong Gi–gi. One can release a jammed device by passing a cord through the cord eye and pulling on the cord - possibly by looping it through a carabiner and applying body weight - but don't let go of the braking end of the rope! All in all, I like these devices

Each of these has V-slots to give additional friction for belaying or rappelling. Each side of each groove has three V-shaped slots, giving the grooves "teeth" to grip the rope more effectively. These teeth act to guide the rope deeper into the slot, in much the same manner as the teeth on the Wild Country Hand ascender work. The teeth do not have the narrow angle found on the Trango Jaws or its equivalents, so they do not create the same wedging action. For this reason, I find these less effective than the Jaws family. On the other hand, the teeth on these devices provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating. These are more massive than many belay tubes, but will still overheat on long rappels.

Some of these have a thin sidewall, a hole in the sides, or an opening in the sides and the central rib. When present, these reduce the device's weight, but also reduce the devices' surface area for rejecting heat. They weight savings is small and offset by heavier keepers on the Black Diamond devices.

I do not see any difference between the field performance of the round vs. pear-shaped eyes.

My slight preferences from this set are the Salewa Alpine Tuber and the Wild Country Pro Guide Lite, Version B These are the lightest of the group and have the stiffer keeper; however, they require closer thermal monitoring on rappel.


Pro Guide Lite, Version A
(#1827)

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Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Wild Country Pro Guide Lite, Version A from Alpine Sports in 2014.

Version A is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves, a carabiner eye, a release hole, and a plastic-covered cable keeper. Mine is 100 mm. long, 39 mm. wide, 91 mm. high, and weighs 76 g. The slots are 35 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 21 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is printed with "7.7 < Ø < 11.0" and the Wild Country logo. The other side has "PRO GUIDE LITE," a hand-holding-a-rope illustration, and "EN15151-2." The eye end has a climber icon, a book-with-the-intenational-danger-signal icon, and "OAF."

Comments

The side and rib openings make the Pro Guide Lite 13 g. lighter than the Pro Guide. The price is somewhat poorer heat dissipation.

The Wild Country Pro Guide Lite is one of the following closely-related belay tubes:

Image Device Side Eye Keeper
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version A Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version A Thin Round 4.7 mm.
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version B Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version B Open Round 4.7 mm.
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version C Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version C Open Pear 4.7 mm.
BlueWater Ranger BlueWater Ranger Round
Hole
Round 3.8 mm.
Climb X Guide Climb X Guide Solid Round 4.7 mm.
Edelweiss Guru Alpin Edelweiss Guru Alpin Solid Round 3.8 mm.
Image Device Side Eye Keeper
Fixe Descender Fixe Descender
(a.k.a. Miku V2)
Open Round 3.8 mm.
Salewa Alpine Tuber Salewa Alpine Tuber Solid Pear 4.0 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Wild Country Pro Guide Solid Round 3.8 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite Wild Country Pro Guide Lite
Version A
Open Round 3.8 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite Wild Country Pro Guide Lite
Version B
Open Pear 4.0 mm.
 

Each of these is 97±4 mm. long and 41±2 mm. wide, but their weights range from 72 to 100 g., quite a span. Their slots are all 35±1 mm. long and 14±1 mm. wide. They all have plastic-covered cable keepers, with the Black Diamond and Salewa keepers being and stiffer than others.

The Black Diamond ATC-Guide was the first of these to appear, by many years. Version A was an improved version of their Black Diamond ATC-XP. From there, the basic design evolved and similar devices appeared from others.

RiggingThese extend the ATC-XP and equivalents by adding a carabiner hole at the one side and a cord hole beneath the jaws. When belaying a second from above, a guide can clip the device to an anchor sling with a carabiner passed through the carabiner hole, belaying in an autostop mode, much like one might with a Kong Gi–gi. One can release a jammed device by passing a cord through the cord eye and pulling on the cord - possibly by looping it through a carabiner and applying body weight - but don't let go of the braking end of the rope! All in all, I like these devices

Each of these has V-slots to give additional friction for belaying or rappelling. Each side of each groove has three V-shaped slots, giving the grooves "teeth" to grip the rope more effectively. These teeth act to guide the rope deeper into the slot, in much the same manner as the teeth on the Wild Country Hand ascender work. The teeth do not have the narrow angle found on the Trango Jaws or its equivalents, so they do not create the same wedging action. For this reason, I find these less effective than the Jaws family. On the other hand, the teeth on these devices provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating. These are more massive than many belay tubes, but will still overheat on long rappels.

Some of these have a thin sidewall, a hole in the sides, or an opening in the sides and the central rib. When present, these reduce the device's weight, but also reduce the devices' surface area for rejecting heat. They weight savings is small and offset by heavier keepers on the Black Diamond devices.

I do not see any difference between the field performance of the round vs. pear-shaped eyes.

My slight preferences from this set are the Salewa Alpine Tuber and the Wild Country Pro Guide Lite, Version B These are the lightest of the group and have the stiffer keeper; however, they require closer thermal monitoring on rappel.


Pro Guide Lite, Version B
(#2889)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Wild Country Pro Guide Lite, Version B from Dasher Deals in 2021.

Version B is another notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves, a carabiner eye, a release hole, and a plastic-covered cable keeper. Mine is 102 mm. long, 38 mm. wide, 95 mm. high, and weighs 70 g. The slots are 35 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 23 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is printed with "7.7 < Ø < 11.0" and the Wild Country logo. The other side has "PRO GUIDE LITE," a hand-holding-a-rope illustration, and "EN15151-2." The eye end has a climber icon, a book-with-tan-"I" icon, and "01A0417."

Comments

Version B changes the shape of the eye.

The Wild Country Pro Guide Lite is one of the following closely-related belay tubes:

Image Device Side Eye Keeper
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version A Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version A Thin Round 4.7 mm.
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version B Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version B Open Round 4.7 mm.
Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version C Black Diamond ATC-Guide, Version C Open Pear 4.7 mm.
BlueWater Ranger BlueWater Ranger Round
Hole
Round 3.8 mm.
Climb X Guide Climb X Guide Solid Round 4.7 mm.
Edelweiss Guru Alpin Edelweiss Guru Alpin Solid Round 3.8 mm.
Image Device Side Eye Keeper
Fixe Descender Fixe Descender
(a.k.a. Miku V2)
Open Round 3.8 mm.
Salewa Alpine Tuber Salewa Alpine Tuber Solid Pear 4.0 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Wild Country Pro Guide Solid Round 3.8 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite Wild Country Pro Guide Lite
Version A
Open Round 3.8 mm.
Wild Country Pro Guide Lite Wild Country Pro Guide Lite
Version B
Open Pear 4.0 mm.
 

Each of these is 97±4 mm. long and 41±2 mm. wide, but their weights range from 72 to 100 g., quite a span. Their slots are all 35±1 mm. long and 14±1 mm. wide. They all have plastic-covered cable keepers, with the Black Diamond and Salewa keepers being and stiffer than others.

The Black Diamond ATC-Guide was the first of these to appear, by many years. Version A was an improved version of their Black Diamond ATC-XP. From there, the basic design evolved and similar devices appeared from others.

RiggingThese extend the ATC-XP and equivalents by adding a carabiner hole at the one side and a cord hole beneath the jaws. When belaying a second from above, a guide can clip the device to an anchor sling with a carabiner passed through the carabiner hole, belaying in an autostop mode, much like one might with a Kong Gi–gi. One can release a jammed device by passing a cord through the cord eye and pulling on the cord - possibly by looping it through a carabiner and applying body weight - but don't let go of the braking end of the rope! All in all, I like these devices

Each of these has V-slots to give additional friction for belaying or rappelling. Each side of each groove has three V-shaped slots, giving the grooves "teeth" to grip the rope more effectively. These teeth act to guide the rope deeper into the slot, in much the same manner as the teeth on the Wild Country Hand ascender work. The teeth do not have the narrow angle found on the Trango Jaws or its equivalents, so they do not create the same wedging action. For this reason, I find these less effective than the Jaws family. On the other hand, the teeth on these devices provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating. These are more massive than many belay tubes, but will still overheat on long rappels.

Some of these have a thin sidewall, a hole in the sides, or an opening in the sides and the central rib. When present, these reduce the device's weight, but also reduce the devices' surface area for rejecting heat. They weight savings is small and offset by heavier keepers on the Black Diamond devices.

I do not see any difference between the field performance of the round vs. pear-shaped eyes.

My slight preferences from this set are the Salewa Alpine Tuber and the Wild Country Pro Guide Lite, Version B These are the lightest of the group and have the stiffer keeper; however, they require closer thermal monitoring on rappel.


Pro Lite
(#1893)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Wild Country Pro Lite from Backcountry Gear in 2017.

The Wild Country Pro Lite is a notched belay tube. It is forged from aluminum alloy and soft anodized. It has two slots with ribbed v-grooves and a plastic-covered cable keeper. 21 mm. long, 25 mm. wide, 86 mm. high, and weighs 59 g. The slots are 35 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 24 mm. below the ends of the slots.

One side is printed with "7.7 < Ø < 11.0" and the Wild Country logo. The other side has "PRO LITE," a hand-holding-a-rope illustration, and "EN15151-2." The end has a climber icon, a book-with-an-"I," and "01A0115."

Comments

This is one of the lightest notched belay tubes. Like the heavier VC Pro, it can be rigged with the notches in use or for less friction without, as the user desires. My preference is to use them. The teeth do not have the narrow angle found on the Salewa Tubus, Singing Rock, or Trango Jaws, so they do not create the same wedging action, but at least the teeth a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating.


VC Pro
(#842)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

InstructionsI acquired my Wild Country VC Pro on eBay in 2006.

The Wild Country VC Pro is a notched belay tube. It is forged from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy and then clear anodized. Mine is 56 mm. long, 45 mm. wide, 95 mm. high, and weighs 65 g. The slots are 34 mm. long and 15 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 12 mm. below the ends of the slots.

The design is similar to the Black Diamond ATC-XP, Black Diamond ATC-Guide and Mad Rock Paradox in that it has V-grooves on the side to provide additional friction for belaying or rappelling. Each side of each groove has three V-shaped slots, giving the grooves "teeth" to grip the rope more effectively.

The keeper is flexible cable covered by plastic. The keeper is stiff enough to keep it from catching on the rope and being sucked into the device, but flexible enough to fold over easily for tight packing.

One side of the VC Pro is etched with the Wild Country Logo and "WILD COUNTRY." The other side is etched with "VC Pro." The back is etched with the batch code "FWC," the "Reading is Dangerous" icon, and "8-11Ø."

Comments

RiggingRiggingThese teeth act to guide the rope deeper into the slot, in much the same manner as the teeth on the Wild Country Hand ascender work. The VC Pro is rigged with the V-slots on the brake hand end of the rope. Alternately, the user may reverse the VC Pro to disable the V-slots. Wild Country recommends the first arrangement for 9.2 mm. ropes and smaller, while recommending the second for belaying or rappelling on single 11 mm. or double 9 mm. ropes.

The teeth do not have the narrow angle found on the Salewa Tubus, Singing Rock, or Trango Jaws, so they do not create the same wedging action. For this reason, I find the VC Pro to be less effective. On the other hand, the teeth on the VC Pro provide a larger bearing area for the rope, which helps reduce localized heating.


VC Pro II
(#892)

Front Rear Top
Front Rear Top
 
Left Right Bottom
Left Right Bottom

Technical Details

I acquired my Wild Country VC Pro II from Mountain Gear in 2008.

The Wild Country VC Pro is a notched belay tube. It is forged from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy and then soft anodized. Mine is 62 mm. long, 45 mm. wide, 96 mm. high, and weighs 81 g. The slots are 35 mm. long and 14 mm. wide. The top of the Omega oval carabiner that I use for comparing belay tubes sits 13 mm. below the ends of the slots.

The design is similar to the VC Pro in that it has V-grooves on the side to provide additional friction for belaying or rappelling. Each side of each groove has three V-shaped slots, giving the grooves "teeth" to grip the rope more effectively.

The keeper is flexible cable covered by plastic. The keeper is stiff enough to keep it from catching on the rope and being sucked into the device, but flexible enough to fold over easily for tight packing.

One side of the VC Pro is etched with a rigging diagram, the Wild Country Logo and "WILD COUNTRY." The other side is etched with "VC Pro II." The back is etched with the batch code "GKK," the "Reading is Dangerous" icon, "1/2 Ø>7.7"and "1 Ø>9."

Comments

The VC Pro II is heavier than the VC Pro, which should help with heat dissipation, although it is still light enough to get rather hot in use. Most of my comments on the VC Pro apply to the VC Pro II as well.

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