Belay Master Carabiner
Review by: useless, 2007-07-09
Since there are no other reviews ...
I bought this a year or so ago; it's been used for belaying in the gym and outside; lead, second, TR and rappel.
So far the only time the plastic gate misbehaved was belaying a second via a redirect: it was clipped to my rope loop, and the knot kept popping the gate open. It would still have worked to spec if I'd just flipped it over or clipped it to my belay loop instead.
In every other situation, I've appreciated it: I don't have to worry about the carabiner getting turned around and cross-loaded, and it provides visual confirmation that the screwgate is locked. The plastic gate itself seems pretty sturdy, leaves enough room to tie off the belay device without trouble, and you can pop it off entirely if you just need a plain screwgate.
Whether any of that is worth paying extra for is a purely personal call, but this is certainly a good, simple idea that works well.