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Locks up like crazy!
I purchased this figuring it was a cheap alternative to a BD guide. I got it and it worked exactly like a guide, until I caught a fall and the metal spring got popped off and list in a sea of rubber. After losing it the device still works just fine for catching, but isn't all that smooth with lowering and locks up the instant you try to pay out slack for a clip.
I'm happy the spring didn't stab anyone in the eye, but if your device can be go from decent to pain in the butt with a detachable 5 cent piece, you probably need to redesign the thing.
I'm going to give it a 2/5 because it's inexpensive and it works well when the spring is in place.
Works, but not the best
Well, she works. And for the price, it's hard to complain. Does everything the reverso and xp-guide can, and the horn is kinda handy if you're lowering a fat dude.
However- the spring doesn't do anything (is removable, though) and with or without it the device tends to jam on the rope pretty hard...which miiiiight be safer, but also is a big problem when someone's leading. throwing out slack just isn't going to happen here, and rappelling's going to be a bit slow and jerky. Also, it's a pretty big piece of metal. much larger/heavier than my old xp (which got stolen, hence my switch to this)
that's my two cents. works, but not particularly smoothly
great belay device was able to teach my brother how to load and belay within an hour of use. great tool to climb with