Review by: socialclimber, 2005-08-24
I've made this thing jump through hoops trying to find something wrong with it's performance and I can't find a thing. It was bought because my HB Sherif wasn't dealing with skinny ropes or large partners well.
I had just retired my belay carabiner, a full size HMS type, and bought a much smaller one to replace it. The SBGII works fine with the small HMS but would be easier to load and unload from a full size one. The solid stem on the belay device takes a bit of getting used to.
I was a little disapointed with the finish of my SBGII. There were a couple of little tits left over from manufacturing, on the inside of the tubes that picked at my rope the first time I used it. They were filed off easily enough though and the over all performance warrents a 5 'biner rating.