You can't beat this as far as simplicity. It's an ATC and it gets the job done enough said. It doesn't have the stopping power of the ATC-XP, Guide, or Reverso3 or any ATC style device with ridges. That being said it is nice for rappelling. Not as smooth as an 8 but definitely smoother than any ridged ATC type device. It never hurts to have one of these around.