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CAMP Nano 23 Review

   
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Overall avg rating 4.2 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: July 8, 2011
Street Price:   Varies from $6 - $7 | Compare prices at 8 resellers
Pros:  Lightest biner on the market and relatively easy to handle for it's weight
Cons:  A little small, high friction, hard to handle compared to bigger carabiners
Best Uses:  Trad climbing, alpine climbing and big walls
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (3/3) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   CAMP
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ April 13, 2010  
Overview
The CAMP Nano 23 is the lightest carabiner made as of this writing. The small size is best suited for alpine or traditional climbing but also makes a great biner for clipping small hangers or links on anchors.

It is not ideal for making clips on sport routes. When compared to the Metolius FS Mini, it is a little less expensive and a little easier to handle. For most applications, we would rather use a bigger biner that is a little heavier, like the Wild Country Astro, Trango Superfly, and Black Diamond Oz. That said, if you are obsessed on having the lightest gear, nothing beats the Nano 23. It is all I have on my trad rack and mostly the only carabiner I use for big walls.

This carabiner is also available in a Nano 23 6 pack package.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
The CAMP Nano 23 is the lightest carabiner out there. Even though it is really small, the spine is pretty easy to grab (it is easier to pinch and hold than the comparable, yet slightly more expensive Metolius FS Mini). One minor like is the fact that the small size makes it ideal for clipping into tight-fitting chain links and tiny bolt hanger holes.

Dislikes
Because this carabiner is so small, it is not the easiest to handle, especially when wearing gloves. It is also not that smooth for the rope to run through (there is more friction when leading). It does not hold many knots or gear. As with all biners with the wire-gate design, the notch gets caught up on the bolt hanger when cleaning steep routes.

Best Application
Alpine, big wall or traditional climbing where weight and size are of the highest concern. Not the best for sport climbing since it is too small to easily clip. But you still might consider buying the CAMP Nano 23 Quickdraw if you are alpine climbing or just want the lightest quickdraw out there.

Value
If you can get these for $7, they are a good value and one of the cheapest small biners available. Only the Mad Rock Ultra-Light Straight is less expensive in the lightweight carabiner category.

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CAMP Nano 23 Quickdraw

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Most recent review: July 8, 2011
Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 3 reviewers recommend it
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4 Total Ratings
5 star: 25%  (1)
4 star: 75%  (3)
3 star: 0%  (0)
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   Jul 8, 2011 - 11:19pm
WML · Climber · Edge of the Electric Ocean Beneath Red Rock
Ultra lightweight, great racking biner, small, and can frequently be found for rather cheap.

Only drawback for these is if you are clipping directly into the cam, and um, you're kind of pumped, it can be quite the challenge. Other than that, these things rock!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Sep 3, 2010 - 06:46pm
Studly · Climber · WA
My favorite biner. Easy to handle and super lightweight. They clip easy to bolts and other gear. I shaved pounds off my rack using these.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Jun 2, 2010 - 06:26pm
Matt Leonard · Climber · San Francisco, CA
I bought a set of these last year for racking all my cams. I'm way happy with them - they are incredibly light, and their small size minimized some bulk on my harness gear slings. I have hands on the larger size - and I've never found these difficult to open or handle. Granted - I'm not using them for frantic clips on a sport route - but at least for racking they work great. (and I wouldn't shy away from using them for other purposes either). The bright gold finish has held up very well. And I've seen these on sale recently - as low as $5 at a few places.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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