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Street Price: $12
Pros: Lightweight, good strength to weight ratio, easy to handle
Cons: A bit too small for a belay biner and to hold multiple knots or slings
Best Uses: Trad climbing, multi pitch climbing and alpine climbing
Manufacturer: Wild Country
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 handling. It works well for just about everything a small locking biner is needed for except belaying and rappelling (it works but not as well as smooth, pear-shaped carabiners). Since we are generally obsessed on all things light, we loved this carabiner. It does not score at the top only because it is limited in some applications. But if you are looking for a light biner, this one is hard to beat. That said the Mad Rock Super Tech Keylock Screw is very similar and $4 less expensive. The Mad Rock is only a little heavier and scored slightly lower. Another solid carabiner is the Black Diamond Quicksilver Screwgate, which is not nearly as light and doesn't have the key-lock but is also $4 cheaper. The Trango Superfly Screwgate is the same weight but does not come with key-lock gate. Overall, this was our favorite light carabiner. The only light carabiner we liked a lot more is the Petzl Attache 3D but that is 25 percent heavier and $8 more expensive.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The Wild Country Neon Screwgate is tied with the Trango SuperFly Scewgate as the lightest carabiner we tested. It has a very smooth gate and convenient key-lock design that scored great in the gate hang up test. The I-beam ribbed spine makes it one of the coolest looking carabiners and easy to grip (you don't worry about it slipping out of your hand).
Because of its small size, this locking carabiner performed below average in the gate clearance test (it barely holds two ropes). It did not score very high for smoothness of the rope running through (but performed the same as all the other small carabiners). While the gate moves smoothly, it takes many turns to close.
An all-around good, lightweight locking biner that can be used for just about everything but maybe a bit small for a belay biner.
For such a small carabiner, at $12 it is pretty expensive if you want to buy a bunch of them. There are $8 carabiners that serve a similar purpose and score only a little lower.
Ion Keylock Screwgate
— Chris McNamara and Chris Summit
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