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Wild Country Astro Review

Wild Country Astro
Price:   $8 List | $7.95 at Amazon
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Pros:  Very light yet easy to handle, easy to grip, hooded nose
Cons:  Gets hung up when cleaning on steep routes, doesn't hold a lot of knots and slings
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Manufacturer:   Wild Country

Our Verdict

The Wild Country Astro is a great lightweight carabiner, especially for the price. Our Best Buy award winner, the Mad Rock UltraLight Bent Gate cost less but it is a little heavier and did not score quite as high. In our old review, the Black Diamond Oz Carabiner was similar in score to the Wild Country Astro, but in our updated review, the Oz took home our Top Pick award, thanks mostly in part to its new wire notch hood that keeps the nose from snagging. If you aren't in need of a snag-free carabiner, the Astro is still a good choice, but not quite as affordable as the Mad Rock biner.

If you are obsessed on weight, get the lighter yet smaller CAMP Nano 22 Carabiner. The Nano did not score as high because it is much smaller, harder to handle and not as versatile. But it is some grams lighter which the weight-obsessed will notice.

If you have deep pockets, consider the Wild Country Helium Carabiner which is not that much heavier and scored higher.



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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
Monday
April 19, 2010

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The Wild Country Astro is just a great size and weight. It is not the lightest, but is pretty darn light. Unlike the mega light biners like the Metolius FS Mini, this biner is easy to hold both because it is a reasonable size and has an I-beam spine that is easy to grip. The hooded nose helps to protect the carabiner from getting opened by getting rubbed across the rock. It was on of the easiest to clip of all the small and light carabiners.

Dislikes


There were no major dislikes other than the standard two things:
  • this wiregate design with the notch where the gate closes gets hung up when cleaning from steep sport climbs. That said, almost every wiregate biner - except for the Wild Country Helium and Black Diamond Livewire and Oz - has this problem
  • Because it is pretty small, it did not do great in our 3 figure eight test or multiple slings (it did about the same as the comparable Oz).

Best Application


On-sight climbing, trad climbing where light weight and size matter

Value


If you like the Wild Country Astro, but want a product that is easier to handle and lighter for the same price, consider the CAMP Photon Wire Straight Gate. As mentioned above, the Mad Rock UltraLight also gives you a lot of bang for your buck!

Other Versions


Wild Country Helium Carabiner
Wild Country Helium Carabiner
  • Cost - $13.50
  • Received a lot of hype since its release over a decade ago
  • Won our Editors' Choice award
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