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The Best Locking Carabiners

 The Best Locking Carabiners
What is the best locking carabiner for rock climbing? We compared 15 of the best locking carabiners in a variety of tests to find out. We judged each carabiner on the following six categories: lightne...


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Jul 03, 2010
The Best Quickdraw for Climbing

 The Best Quickdraw for Climbing
What is the best quickdraw for rock climbing? We compared 13 of the best in a variety of tests to find out. We judged each quickdraw in the following five categories: ease of clipping, ease of unclipp...


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Jan 26, 2011
The Best Carabiners for Climbing

 The Best Carabiners for Climbing
What is the best carabiner for rock climbing? We compared 15 of the best carabiners in a variety of tests to find out. Each one was judged on the following six categories: ease of unclipping, ease of ...


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Jun 11, 2010
Locking Carabiner Buying Advice For Climbing: 6 Things to Look For - Click for details
 Locking Carabiner Buying Advice For Climbing: 6 Things to Look For
Locking carabiners have evolved a lot in the last decade. They are lighter and are designed for more specialized tasks. There are few one-size-fits-al...

by Chris McNamara
Aug 17, 2010
How to Choose an Intro-to-Climbing Package - Click for details
 How to Choose an Intro-to-Climbing Package
When buying an intro-to-climbing package you need to answer one question: are you just dabbling in climbing or do you think this is something you real...

by Chris McNamara
Apr 05, 2011
Petzl Attache 3D

 Petzl Attache 3D
The Petzl Attache 3D locking carabiner from Petzl is a new version of the classic Petzl Attache carabiner that is 37 percent lighter and about 37 percent more expensive than the original. We found the...


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Jan 19, 2010
Wild Country Helium

 Wild Country Helium
This carabiner is one of the most innovative on the market. It has a hooded nose that brings the best of both worlds: the light design of a wire gate and the ease of removing from bolt hangers (someth...


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Apr 13, 2010
Black Diamond Rocklock

 Black Diamond Rocklock
The Black Diamond Rocklock is Black Diamond's largest belay and rappel locking carabiner and it's an overall great deal. It was the highest rated $10 carabiner and scored only behind the Petzl Attache...


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Apr 09, 2010
CAMP Nano 23

 CAMP Nano 23
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...


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Apr 13, 2010
Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw

 Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw
The Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw is a lightweight small to medium sized, multiple use, wire-gate quickdraw.

This is one of our favorite lightweight quickdraws. There is no easier and simpler wa...


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May 16, 2010
Petzl Attache

 Petzl Attache
The Petzl Attache used to be hands down the best compact belay carabiner but now it has some tough competition. The Metolius Element is cheaper and slightly lighter and smaller. We like the Attache mo...


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Feb 09, 2010
Black Diamond Oz

 Black Diamond Oz
The New Black Diamond Oz is upgraded with a snag free HoodWire nose and it is two grams lighter than the old Black Diamond Oz weighing in at 28 grams.

Below is a review of the old version of ...


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Mar 22, 2010
Wild Country Neon Keylock Screwgate Carabiner

 Wild Country Neon Keylock Screwgate Carabiner
The Wild Country Neon is one of the lightest locking carabiners made and is also light for non- locking carabiners. The I-beam construction and no-snag key-lock gate add to its easy of use and handlin...


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Apr 09, 2010
Mad Rock Ultra-Light Straight

 Mad Rock Ultra-Light Straight
The Mad Rock Ultra-Light Straight is the best deal for a lightweight carabiner we found. Its hard to find any cheaper carabiner, let alone a really light one. Its forged I-beam construction makes it ...


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Apr 19, 2010
Black Diamond Hotwire Quickdraw

 Black Diamond Hotwire Quickdraw
This was the first quickdraw we know of made with the revolutionary "wiregate" design. While once it was the only one, there are now many to choose from. Still, this remains a solid quickdraw at a goo...


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Jan 25, 2011
Wild Country Nitro

 Wild Country Nitro
The Wild Country Nitro is one of the best values in a sport climbing
carabiner. It scored near the top in all our tests but is often 50% cheaper than the carabiners that scored higher. It has a n...


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Apr 13, 2010
Metolius FS Mini

 Metolius FS Mini
The Metolius FS Mini carabiner is one of the lightest and smallest climbing-strength carabiners on the market. When I first saw this at the Trade Show I thought it was a keychain biner it is that sma...


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Feb 15, 2010
Mad Rock Super Tech Keylock Screw

 Mad Rock Super Tech Keylock Screw
The Mad Rock Super Tech Keylock Screw is the best value for lightweight carabiners. It scored only a little lower than the Wild Country Neon but costs much less. If we were loaded, we would go with th...


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May 12, 2010
Petzl Spirit

 Petzl Spirit
The Petzl Spirit is maybe the oldest and most popular sport climbing carabiner. More than a decade ago, Petzl's innovative keylock design of the gate was the first to eliminate the problem of the not...


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Apr 13, 2010
Mad Rock Ultra Tech HMS

 Mad Rock Ultra Tech HMS
The Mad Rock Ultra Tech HMS Screw Gate (aka Madlock HMS Carabiner) is specifically designed to be used with a belay device like the Mad Rock Mad Lock. It can also be used as a multi-function (anchor o...


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May 12, 2010
DMM Boa

 DMM Boa
The DMM Boa is our favorite large locking carabiner. It is easy to handle, burly and holds a lot of ropes and slings. It is easy to clip to a harness and very strong. It's also a great all-around lock...


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Apr 09, 2010
Black Diamond Neutrino

 Black Diamond Neutrino
A decade ago, the Black Diamond Neutrino was the first really small and light carabiner to gain popularity. It was dramatically lighter and smaller than anything else seen on Yosemite's big walls. I w...


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Mar 09, 2010
Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate

 Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate
Product Discontinued
The Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate was a solid workhorse locking carabiner at a great price but it has been discontinued by Black Diamond. We now recommend the Black Diam...


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Apr 09, 2010
Wild Country Astro

 Wild Country Astro
The Wild Country Astro is one of the best lightweight carabiners out there, especially for the price. Only the Mad Rock Ultra-Light Straight cost less but it is a little heavier and did not score quit...


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Apr 21, 2010
Petzl Am'D

 Petzl Am'D
The Petzl Am'D is a versatile biner that stands out because it is a little bigger than most HMS belay biners but smaller than a typical monster locker. It has a great weight-to-versatility ratio, mean...


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Apr 16, 2010
Metolius Element

 Metolius Element
The Metolius Element is an affordable, medium-sized locking carabiner that excels at trad climbing belaying. There is a lot of competition among pear-shaped carabiners. While the Element didn't score ...


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Jan 14, 2010
Black Diamond Mini Pearabiner

 Black Diamond Mini Pearabiner
This compact locking carabiner from Black Diamond is light, versatile and affordable. It has a no-snag key-lock and screw-lock gate design and large rope-bearing surface for smooth belays and rappels....


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Jun 09, 2010
Petzl William

 Petzl William
The big size and shape of this locking carabiner make it good for using as a master point at an anchor. You can manage multiple ropes and slings Petzl William and organize the belay station. That said...


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Apr 09, 2010
Trango SuperFly

 Trango SuperFly
When this biner first came out it was my favorite. I instantly bought a bunch, put them on my rack and was psyched. That was five years ago. Now the
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Mar 03, 2010
Black Diamond Positron

 Black Diamond Positron
The Black Diamond Positron] is a good medium-sized carabiner for sport, trad or top rope routes. The stand out feature being the easy to unclip keylock design.

The Petzl Spirit is its main c...


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Apr 13, 2010
Metolius FS Mini Quickdraw

 Metolius FS Mini Quickdraw
The Metolius FS Mini Quickdraw is one of the lightest and smallest climbing-strength quickdraws on the market. When I first saw this at the Trade Show I thought the Metolius FS Mini was a keychain bin...


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Apr 15, 2010
Omega Pacific Doval

 Omega Pacific Doval
The Doval is a new take on the old-school oval design that incorporates lightweight with practicality. It is 40 percent lighter than most ovals out there due to the wire gate. Yes you can still use it...


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May 21, 2010
Black Diamond Quicksilver Quickdraw

 Black Diamond Quicksilver Quickdraw
Discontinued Product
Black Diamond has discontinued the Quicksilver carabiner and the Quicksilver Quickdraw. We recommend you check out the Positron Quickdraw(pictured below) instead. The Positron...


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Aug 29, 2010
Black Diamond Hotwire

 Black Diamond Hotwire
This was the first carabiner we know of made with the revolutionary "wiregate" design. At first, they scared people. Today wire-gate carabiners are among the most popular because they are light, stron...


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Apr 06, 2010
Black Diamond Oval

 Black Diamond Oval
The Black Diamond Oval is the classic carabiner design and Black Diamond has been making them for as long as anyone. The oval design is tried and true and it's just kinda cool to have a few of these o...


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May 18, 2010
Petzl OK

 Petzl OK
The Petzl OK oval locking carabiner was designed specifically to be used with pulleys, but it is also a very good all purpose carabiner for anchor setups. Because of the oval shape, when using a pulle...


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Jul 22, 2010
Trango SuperFly Screwlock

 Trango SuperFly Screwlock
The Superfly Screwlock is the lightest locking biner on the market. Other than its limitations (listed below) it excels at most applications at a fraction of the weight of most locking biners. Its mai...


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Jan 19, 2010
Omega Pacific Jake

 Omega Pacific Jake
Omega Pacific's Jake is a solid belay, rappel and top rope carabiner. It is not perfect for multi-pitch or mountaineering if weight is a factor. For that we would go with something like the Petzl Atta...


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Apr 09, 2010
Black Diamond Oval Wire

 Black Diamond Oval Wire
The Oval Wire is the wire gate version of the classic Black Diamond Oval. It is a little lighter than the oval and stronger. It is great for racking gear because so much gear fits on it.

The ...


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May 23, 2010
Wild Country Synergy

 Wild Country Synergy
The Wild Country Synergy is a good all-around locking biner at a good price. The closest competitor is the Mad Rock Ultra Tech HMS, which is very similar in size and design. The Mad Rock is $1 less a...


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Apr 09, 2010
Black Diamond Quicksilver

 Black Diamond Quicksilver
This biner has been discontinued. Check out our complete Carabiner Review to see what is the best.

Strong and versatile at an affordable price, Black Diamond Quicksilver is one of the most pop...


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Apr 13, 2010
Petzl Spirit Bent Gate

 Petzl Spirit Bent Gate
The Petzl Spirit is maybe the oldest and most popular sport climbing carabiner in the world. More than a decade ago, Petzl's innovative keylock design of the gate was the first to eliminate the probl...


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Apr 13, 2010
Mad Rock Ultra-Light Bent

 Mad Rock Ultra-Light Bent
The Mad Rock Ultra-Light Bent is probably the best value on a bent gate wiregate
carabiner and, at only $6, one of the best deals in carabiners period. It is $1 less than the Wild Country Astro a...


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May 19, 2010
Black Diamond LiveWire

 Black Diamond LiveWire
The Black Diamond Hotwire and Black Diamond Livewire were some of first carabiners with the once revolutionary "wiregate" design. At first glance the wiregate looks weak and fragile but after reading ...


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Apr 13, 2010
Petzl Ange S

 Petzl Ange S
The Ange is the most striking wiregate carabiners we have seen. Instead of a loop of metal that every other wiregate uses, the Ange uses a single straight piece: the gate looks like a toothpick that s...


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Jul 24, 2012
CAMP Photon Wire Straight

 CAMP Photon Wire Straight
We will have a full review up soon. For now, please check out the video review above....


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Nov 02, 2012
Black Diamond Positron Screwgate

 Black Diamond Positron Screwgate
The Black Diamond Positron offers a great value in a locking carabiner. It was not around when we did our last locking carabiner review. If it had been, it would have likely been a candidate for the B...


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Jul 23, 2011
Black Diamond VaporLock

 Black Diamond VaporLock
The Black Diamond Vaporlock is an awesome locking carabiner for belaying and rappelling. It is light, provides good friction, and has a keylock gate. It is ideal for belaying and rappelling where you ...


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Sep 20, 2010
CAMP Photon Screw Gate

 CAMP Photon Screw Gate
This is likely to be our Top Pick winner for best lightweight locking carabiner. It only weighs 42 grams!

It's other superlight competitors are hard to find. The Wild Country Neon Keylock Scre...


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May 27, 2013
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