Used it for years with no problems
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.