Well, in terms of safety and belaying, this one’s a keeper. I bought it to see if it would eliminate the cross-loading problem I was having with my GriGri on my carabiner while belaying. The DMM Belay Master definitely did the job, and then some. First, it’s a good, solid, locking carabiner. Second, it has a heavy black plastic piece that rotates on the spine of the carabiner and does several things for safety. The plastic piece keeps your belay loop corralled at the slim end of the carabiner, and it also covers the screw lock on the carabiner by clipping over it, but only if the screw lock is indeed locked. This is a foolproof design if you’re securing your carabiner in any manner whatsoever!!! Then, of course, the belay device can’t cross-load because it’s corralled at the other end of the carabiner between the screw lock and the heavy plastic piece on the spine. Several problems solved in one!!! It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get your routine with it down, it’s a no-brainer. Because the plastic divider clips over the screw lock in its locked position, the screw lock can’t loosen up accidentally, either. Safety-wise, this is definitely going to be my go-to belay carabiner!!!
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I try to keep the content of my posts in the PG range (meaning that maybe your 13-year-old should not read it... Just kidding!) - you know, something I could get away with tastefully in the town square without getting lynched, tarred-and-feathered, or hung (and something my mother would NOT wash my mouth out with soap for). As far as what age you have to be to understand some of the subtleties of my humor in writing and/or speaking, well... That may vary. A lot.