Being new to the climbing scene, I needed something that was easy to use and wouldn't break the bank. This combo served both purposes admirably. The BD-esque ATC/biner combo is pretty much the standard for recreational climbers. Owning one allowed me to not only be familiar with my own setup but by learning on this combo I have been able to belay for friends, family, neighbors and strangers who more often that not own a similar belay device. Saying that, I would strongly encourage new climbers to invest in one. Only small gripe is that it is a bit of a slow rappel with burly gym ropes if you weigh less than 140lbs.