Review by: jstp, 2004-06-06
Dunno about anyone else but i have had the bug for several seasons now. It sees a lof of intense use and has yet to develop any sharp edges. I have also used ATCs (and HB Sheriffs, and reversos, and gri-gris, and belay plates, eights etc.) and none of the tube style deviced have matched the Bug for durrability or performance.
The anodizing appears slightly thicker than on most tube devices, and is soft anodized, making wear nice and smooth with no chips or edges. If this device is cheaper than an ATC or other comparable device i have never noticed, all tubes seem about the same price. The bug also disipates heat better than at ATC thanks to subtle cooling fins and a larger mass in the body (but the grams don't add to much for you the speed oriented). This little bit of extra mass also gains anoter big advantage on rapel or catching big falls - the rope bearing radius is almost three times what an ATC has (i'm just eyballing both, so don't get to upset if i'm off) and that translates to much smoother rappels and belays. The increased radius also means that the Bug lasts longer than thin walled tube devices (like the ATC) which get pretty sharp edges after a while.
The only thing i do not like about my bug is that after years of heavy service they can be a harder to find than the ATC if you do not have a large shop nearby.