A smart middle ground
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I always hated lead belaying with a gri-gri. I've used the Smart several times in the gym and it seems like a good compromise between having a device that autolocks (though I wouldn't trust it to lock as I do a grigri) with the ease of use of an ATC (though not AS easy since the rope sometimes slips off the central groove and gets caught).
I'm interested in how it behaves when belaying someone from the top during multi-pitch climbs. Anyone used this device in that situation?