This horny little welsh number is attempt #52 from climbing companies to fix the cross-loading “problem”. [I use quotes because who honestly gives a crap about cross-loading. It’s too easily fixed and only pedantically dangerous] DMM have realised that cross-loading is mainly an issue for instructors and courses where you “teach perfect” and designed this. The horn will prevent auto-locking devices like gri-gri’s or click-ups e.t.c from being able to move around the carabiner, but standard belay plates will be able to move freely. It means that when I am teaching and I have and hyper-active child hauling on a gri-gri like a crack-head quasimodo, I don’t have to worry about the carabiner cross-loading. But then when I am doing normal climbing, I can use the Rhino like a normal HMS without worrying about the faff that the likes of a belaymaster entails.
It’s no Rhydon, Chris. That guys Horn Drill is a One Hit K.O.
I like it because it’s shiny.
On a more serious note, it’s handy for new harnesses with the thin belay loop as well as older harnesses with a slightly wider belay loop. It sits nicely on them.
It seems like a good idea, especially for the courses.
Certainly agree that it is a lot less faffy than the Belay Master. It’s lighter than a BM by a good bit and 30g heavier than the ridiculously small DMM Phantom. It’s an absolute monster rated to 27kN (second only to the Zodiac at 32kN, unless someone cares to point out something else that’s a beast of a carabiner).