Have never tried one tho I own one. Think I'm base plate for the duration. Bet base plate breaks more easily as in palming to a rock - I've broken more than my share...one just 3 hours old @$80 but cost consideration won't do it.
I broke a TC once too. It can happen. Tried to run across a wet wooden tent platform at Sebago years ago (20?). I went sliding across with a good thump. Next time I looked all I had were the strap and a bit of the plastic pointer.
So far no problem (beats breaking/ dislocating a pip or mc joint). Started using a TC for sprints as less distracting for rough compass than a BP (not that I'm distracting of course). Anyhow driveling on and need some sleep. Ciao.