The Mammut Smart Belay is a great little belay device. The main thing I want to focus on in the price to performance ratio of this device. I picked mine up from Moosejaw for only 24 bucks on sale. For 24 bucks, the performance is amazing. Some pros and cons:Pros:CheapAuto-lockingLightEasy to useCons:Not very versatile Giving rope can be trickyOverall I would say this is a great belay device for a beginner or gym climber. Great for those partners that ask for long takes and fall often. It will always catch a fall even if the belayer is experienced or not paying attention. It lacks a lot of features, but if you want more u should check out the big brother product the Mammut smart alpine. This is by far the cheapest auto locking belay device out there, I highly recommend it.
The smart belay is a perfect step up from just a basic belay. Its much cheaper than a gri gri and not much more expensive than a basic belay. It is easy to learn how to work and runs smoothly. The only not amazing part about it is that it takes a little bit to get used to when you are letting someone rappel down, but other than that it is perfect!
This guy is great. Although this version lacks the ability to belay from the top, if you're doing single pitch climbs of any-type, this is a no brainer for a choice. The locking feature is great and really makes belaying feel more secure. Also, in order to assist in lowering at a stable rate, the handle is perfect. I absolutely love using this device and if I did not already have a belay device with belay-from-the-top capabilities, this would be my choice.
My daughter loves this jacket. It is perfect for a light cool night or a activity that needs a little protection, but not too much bulk. It looks great, fits well and it is, well... a North Face product.