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Wild Country

Wild Country Variable Controller

21 reviews   |  
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The Wild Country Variable Controller or VC is a super popular, climbing belay device.

Standing the test of time this cost effective belay plate has been around for some time, with only minor changes to the slot widths. The defining feature of the VC is its wedge shape which enables you to use it in two different orientations, with one providing more friction and the other being slicker. This means that you can adjust the braking effects depending on whether you are belaying or abseiling and on different climbing rope diameters.

The Variable Controller is best suited for ropes from 8.5mm to 11mm in diameter, so if you tend to climb on super skinny ropes then an alternative belay device would be recommended.


  • Guide Mode: No
  • Lock Mechanism: Manual
  • Number of Ropes: One or Two
  • Carabiner Included: No
  • Handles Ropes from 8.5 to 11mm 
  • Weight: 70g
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4.6 Based on 21 reviews
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Matthew T.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Works well

Simple and straightforward, well made for price

United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good for the price!

An excellent device for the money. Versatile as to rope size and easy to use for beginners. The only criticism is that it can be a little jerky on lower with certain ropes, especially older/fatter/stiffer ropes. A minor issue compared to the price/performance point.

Michael C.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wild country variable controller

Excellent device for the money you couldn’t possibly get anything better!!

Tayla K.
United Kingdom
Climbing shoes

My 5.10 Gambit lace climbing shoes reduces from £110 to £38 are brilliant. So comfortable and perfect as a first climbing shoe. I had to exchange the size (finally settling with 2 sizes up from my regular shoe size - I am normally a 4 and own a size 6) but Rock + Run were very helpful and speedy with the exchange process. Thanks!

Norman P.
United Kingdom
Variable controller

Nice product, fairly priced, quickly delivered.