The price is high, but no other dogbone compares. The nylon is strong and durable, lasting longer than those skinny spectra and dyneema runners. And who cares about weight, hell it is only sport climbing. If weight is an issue, you'll probably be pink-pointing anyway. And that rubber string works great and is plenty durable. I've never had a single problem with those or the dogbone itself. I use a few of these with BD biners, but my friends' Spirit draws are awesome, as well.