Review by: helios, 2006-03-03
Disclosure: I received a free device for testing this product to replace a recently lost ATC.
This device is a bit more on the 'catch' side of belay devices, and less on the 'feed' side. I have used this device for top rope and sport lead belaying and although I was at first frustrated by its eagerness to grip the rope, I admit that it has grown on me. Ropes smaller than 10.5mm will allow a more trouble free feeding.
As for the comment by dr_monkey (below) about it going from lock-off to Feeeeeed! very abrubtly, I would also agree. Although I have worked around this for lowering by lifting the device with my non-brake hand. I suspect this might pose a larger problem on rappel, and adding another biner might help with that (I haven't tested rappel yet).
Edited: I ended up buying an ATC to replace this POS. Finally got too fed up with feeding rope with it. That should tell you all you need to know about whether to buy this, or the original ATC.