User Review: Mammut Smart
Price Paid: $29.95
For my first purchase of a belay device, I wanted something versatile, but user-friendly. Having only used the Petzl GriGri in the past, I needed something light weight and affordable, functional for both top-rope and leading, but intuitive for a novice. After discussing the options with some friends at my local REI, I was excited and most interested in the SMART. When my Dividend came out, it was mine.
The first time using it at my local climbing gym, I noticed that there was a learning curve, but it was very steep. The first thing I noticed is that when the device is new, it has the tendency to lock when feeding and taking-in rope, however - IT IS NOT AN AUTO-LOCKING BELAY. There are comments out there that it has this feature, but I feel it cannot be depended upon to do so.
As our climbing session went on, (whether wearing-in the device or getting used to its functionality) I found it fed very well and rappelled very smoothly at varying speeds. It held securely when I needed to and arrested falls very easily though dynamically with little pressure needing to be applied.
-Feeds differently from other belay devices (directly in front of the belayer rather than to the side), but is easy to get used-to
-Stops falls quickly but dynamically, requiring little pressure on the rope to arrest a fall
-Rappels very smoothly at varying speeds
-Easy to learn - could be used by a brand-new climber or expert alike
Overall, I look forward to years of use out of this device!