excellent, except for two things.
I love this carabiner! Thanks Black Diamond!
the only things i think it lacks are
1.) make a twist-lock version!
2.) if you dont get the belay loop into the small opening by mistake, and it "Flipps" while belaying, the rope is now running on the outside of the spine-keeper thing and can get stuck or is running over a sligntly sharp edge! Make sure the
belay loop is inside the smaller area! BD could make this spine a lot smoother just in case this happens, or make that little spine "spring loaded".
I was having issues using a normal Carabiner with an ATC Guide and GRIGRI at times; crossload. So to be a better belayer and to be SAFE, I got this product.
It's very lightweight and easy to use, but I found using a grigri the normal way could lead to crossload. To avoid this, I flipped the gridlock around so the grigri is in the narrow area.
Other than that, it is a must have but wish it was autolocked.
You Can't Just Buy One
Got this bad boy for belaying... Loved it so much, got another to attach to my personal anchor. It's great that one end of the carabiner can be designated for only one task.
It's 100% for the personal anchor and about 95% for a belay carabiner. The only issue I have with it as a belay carabiner is that getting the belay loop out of the bottom part of the biner can be a wee bit tricky.
Great light solution
Thought this was a gimick until I handled one. Over all it is smaller and lighter than the BD Rocklock. The added safety is a great bonus to traditional lockers, and much lighter than other brand's solutions.
With that said after using it for a month I will not take it alpine climbing because it adds to the potential of accidentally dropping your belay device and/or opening on your harness.
Found this just browsing around and thought i would give it a try. I am not disappointed in anyway. Its simple and easy and stays correctly orientated. Takes away the fear of cross loading. All the weight stays on the spine which i love to have for my biners. Locking this has been easy an so far no problems. Overall an amazing biner.
Best Belay Carabiner Yet
This is the best belay carabiner design I've ever used. It stays perfectly centered and is easy to use. I spend a lot of time solo climbing. Combining the Gridlock with a Petzl minitraction provides maximum security and a great feel when top roping alone.
Extra step, reap the rewards
I feel like a fool as everyone watches me fiddling around trying to setup to belay, opening, reopening the gate, over and over again to get everything where it needs to be, but in the end, my climber knows he/she's got a bomber belay.
Other manufacturers have done this in a much bulkier and heavier manner. Black diamond solves this obvious age-long problem with a bit of simple, intuitive, lightweight innovation.
Great addition to rack
I great belay/rappel biner