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Review by snorkers (1)

YO-YO (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 2.33/5 Average Rating : 2.33/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Belay Devices & Descenders

Used it for years with no problems 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: snorkers, 2008-10-21

Bought one in 2000 when I was sport climbing a lot on Portland, UK. It takes some practice to get the hang of using it smoothly, especially for belaying a leader. Its main advantage is that it always locks and there is no chance of screwing up the system and dumping your partner (unlike a gri-gri) - I've used it on every trip to the wall that I've made in the last 8 years. It is great for top-roping with a partner who takes a lot of rests, but with practice is also good for belaying a leader, as should they fall immediately after you have paid out slack for a clip, there's no danger of the rope ripping through your hands due to the momentum of the falling leader (as would happen with a non-locking device). The point made about trapping your fingers would appear to be valid on first use of the device - but again, once you overcome initial unfamiliarity, there's no problem.