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Pro Guide Pro Guide Lite Pro Lite
Pro Guide Pro Guide Lite Pro Lite
 
VC Pro VC Pro II
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 similar in design and performance to several other "guide ATCs," such as the Black Diamond ATC-Guide, BlueWater Ranger and LACD Evo Alpine.


Pro Guide Lite
(#1827)

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Technical Details

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

The Wild Country Pro Guide Lite 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 39 mm. long, 100 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.


Pro Lite
(#1893)

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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)

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Technical Details

I 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

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 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)

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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.