Review by: moeman, 2004-08-30
This is currently the only belay device I use-- there's no reason to use anything else. It feeds easily while belaying the leader and locks off solidly. Rapelling with it is very smooth- no bouncing here. It is lightweight, yet very solid and durable. The walls of the device are very thick, so it will take a long time for them to wear through. The rope bearing surface is wide and rounded, making it easy on your rope, unlike an ATC and other which create a sharp bend. In my opinion, it is better than the other auot-block devices on the market. It is much simpler to set up (as an autoblock) than a B-52, and it does not have the notorius "sharp edge" that the reverso has. Quite simply, a solid, versatile device that excels at everything from belaying the leader, bringing up the second in autoblock mode, to rapelling smoothly. Perhaps the best all-around belay device on the market.
Note: In order for this device to operate smoothly, you will need to use a round-stock biner, such as an Attache. I have tried using it with an OP Jake, and have found that it makes the GTC bind and lock up more frequently, and makes it nearly impossible to pull through a thicker rope in autoblock mode. Just use an Attache and these problems are solved.