Give it a shot.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
My favorite belay device has, and probably always will be, a classic ATC. But I bought this for my boyfriend who is learning to belay and thought I'd try it out so I could teach him how it works. And I love it! It works similarly to an ATC but the auto-lock is awesome. Lowering is a little tricky at first, but with a little practice it will feel totally natural. Definitely would recommend this product, especially to beginner climbers/belayers.