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Pros: Light, low friction when belaying from anchor, compact, easy to handle
Cons: Expensive, gate barrel can loosen
Best Uses: Any type of climbing: alpine, mountaineering, tradition, sport and, big wall
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 Attache to be a little smoother for belaying a second in auto-block mode. However, the Attache 3D is better in just about every other category. It excels on alpine climbs where every ounce counts but can be used for any climbing application. While it is not as light as an ultralight biner like the Wild Country Neon, it is much more versatile and excelled in just about every test, becoming the runaway top scorer. At $20 it is also one of the most expensive carabiners (you can buy two Metolius Element carabiners for the same cost as one of these). If we had unlimited funds we would load up on these. But if you are on a budget, it makes more sense to use a few of these as belay biners and maybe a Black Diamond Rocklock for anchors and then a few Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate carabiners for everyday use.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
What is not to like about this locking carabiner? It scored well in every test. It is light yet big enough to hold many knots of climbing rope. It is compact yet still easy to handle due to the featured spine. The key-lock gate is one of the smoothest to operate and has a special design to prevent over-tightening and locking up. It is incredibly smooth to belay with (the regular Petzl Attache only beats it by a hair).
There are not many dislikes with Petzl Attache 3D other than the price. We did notice that every once in a while the gate barrel/locking sleeve untwisted itself a little while belaying. Not a big deal because it never happened enough for the gate to become unlocked or open.
This is an all around great locking biner for everything. If you don't have a budget, you can buy a bunch of these and they work for just about everything.
This is one of the most expensive carabiners on the market. But because it scored so high, we feel it's a good value if it becomes your belay carabiner that you use for everything. If you want to load up on other carabiners, I would get some less expensive ones unless you have very deep pockets.
The Petzl Attache, $16, is ideal as a belay carabiner, especially for multi-pitch climbs if you want to belay off the anchor. It is also light enough, compact enough, and a enough of a value to use as a locking biner in anchors and wherever lockers are needed. For alpine climbing we would go with something lighter.
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: June 3, 2014
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