This lock is about 2 lbs lighter than the Krypto that I replaced and I like the center key versus the end key on Krypto locks. Blackburn U- locks have to have both ends in in order to engage the locking mechanism and I have only once run across a situation where I did not have enough room to get my u-lock through rear wheel and cable lock around a fixed object. Sometimes it is tight but that's a good thing, no room for leverage attacks on your lock. Blackburn sells a great rear rack the TRX-2 ultimate commuter that comes with a slot to hold all versions of Blackburn U-Locks. BTW Blackburn does have excellent customer service I learned that with an old headlight I had of theirs.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend