Originally Posted By: Adrian

When belaying second off the harness with redirect, the ATC configured is in the same mode of lead belay (not in guide mode), the brake hand position is the hip position, no?


Yes, but WITHOUT a redirect, the brake position for belaying a second from the top, off your harness, is up by your chest. The sudden change in positions and the forces involved would make it pretty difficult to catch your second if the redirect failed, which is why it should be bomber. As stated above, it's essentially a top rope anchor, and the consequences of failure could be dire.