When comparing Camp Matik vs Edelrid Mega Jul, the Slant community recommends Edelrid Mega Jul for most people. In the question“What are the best belay devices?” Edelrid Mega Jul is ranked 5th while Camp Matik is ranked 17th.
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Easier to pay out slack left-handed than a GriGri
Pro Easy to pay out rope
The camming system of the Matik is designed to allow a small amount of rope to slip.
Pro Dynamic catching action
"unlike other mechanical assisted locking models, it boasts a gradual camming action that produces a dynamic catch and can reportedly reduce impact forces by as much as 40%." "This isn't particularly relevant if you are squared away with modern dynamic soft catch techniques as a lead belayer, but it is extremely relevant when you are belaying directly off an anchor. "
The Matik's friction surfaces are all made of cast stainless steel.
Pro Guide mode / Belay off anchor
Pro Active assisted braking
Pro Anti-panic handle
The lowering mechanism includes an anti-panic system that automatically stops the rope if the belayer pulls the handle too hard or loses control.
Pro Passive assisted braking
Pro Auto-locks even if brake end of rope is not held
In case belayer is disabled, etc.
Pro Three rappelling modes
Can be used in 2 orientations, for rappelling with or without brake assist, and can add a carabiner for lever action, making it similar to a GriGri.
Con More sensitive to rope type
"It doesn't like stiff ropes or fat ropes for this application, nor was it designed as such. I had the best luck with malleable Sterling ropes such as the Nano and Helix, and it also performed extremely well on the Mammut 8.7 and 9.2 ropes. Anything 9.8 and above, and performance starts to suffer significantly, as it's pretty hard to get rope to feed through the device smoothly."
Con Not quite as smooth as a GriGri
Con No double rope rappel
Con Behavior is highly dependent on rope diameter and type
"stiff ropes feed very poorly. 9.7 and above ropes feed poorly for lead belay. Soft and supple skinny ropes don't lock as abruptly. Half ropes in the 8-8.5 range DO NOT LOCK FULLY with the proper edelrid strike biner" https://www.reddit.com/r/climbing/comments/6aoipn/nonjerky_method_for_rapping_with_mega_jul_in/dhh1vvx/
Con Guide mode with thin ropes can flip and disable auto-blocking
Video demonstration with stories of it happening in the comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=385cP_FYNEs