Review by: sixleggedinsect, 2005-12-31
i would prefer not rating the jaws on the 1 to 5 scale because it would get a 2 for some purposes, and a fat 5 for others. i love it for some things. hate it for others and im not alone. if you are looking for an all-round do everything belay device, consider the normal tube devices like the trango pyramid, bd atc, etc. i get a more predictable feed from them, at least the way i belay. with the jaws, i get some additional specific functionality- like ability to retain sanity on single rope raps on new ropes and twin ropes and whatnot, and to hold enormous behemoths working routes without slippage, etc. however, for normal raps with normal ropes, or for plain jane belaying, it is either too frictiony in friction-mode, or a little catchy in non-friction mode. an excellent device for its intended purpose, and with some partners on some climbs i woudlnt be without it.