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Wild Country Neon Keylock Screwgate Carabiner Review


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  • Currently 4.3/5
Overall avg rating 4.3 of 5 based on 6 reviews. Most recent review: April 3, 2013
Price:   $12 List
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
Manufacturer:   Wild Country

Overview

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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Discontinued - January 2016
The Wild Country Neon Keylock Screwgate Carabiner has been discontinued. Wild Country recommends checking out the EOS Keylock. Keep reading to find out more.


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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Chris McNamara
Founder and Editor-in-Chief
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The Wild Country EOS Keylock vs. The Wild Country Neon Keylock


Wild Country has confirmed that the Neon Keylock has been discontinued; in turn, they recommend checking out the EOS Keylock, which retails for $15.

Check out the side-by-side comparison below, with the EOS Keylock pictured on the left and the Neon Keylock shown on the right.
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Hands-On Review


Likes


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).

Dislikes


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.

Best Application


An all-around good, lightweight locking biner that can be used for just about everything but maybe a bit small for a belay biner.

Value


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.

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  • A good all-around locking biner at a good price
  • A pear-shaped locking carabiner
  • $11
Chris McNamara and Chris Summit

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Most recent review: April 3, 2013
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100% of 5 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
5 Total Ratings
5 star: 60%  (3)
4 star: 20%  (1)
3 star: 20%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
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   Sep 8, 2010 - 09:15pm
bearbreeder · Climber
light and small … nose is thin profile to it works great for putting into bolts or chains

could be bigger … but thats what the WC ION is for

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 3, 2013 - 10:50pm
Rankin · Climber · Greensboro, North Carolina
I've had one of these and wanted a couple more, but alas, they're no where to be found. Luckily, I found the Camp Photon Screwgate in my local shop. They're just as light, if not lighter, and cheaper.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 2, 2013 - 10:33am
Kat · Climber · Denver, CO
I really like this biner. Very light-weight and screws closed smoothly. However, I would not recommend this biner for any sort of top ropping. I only used a set of these one summer (and I mostly lead) and already the corner is worn down and could possible cut or fray my rope. I will be retiring and looking for another more sturdy set.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Feb 14, 2012 - 02:52am
cheesemaster · Climber · Seattle, WA
Very light, very small. Haven't found a chain link it didn't fit in.

Great to have. Can make an anchor short on space seem a slight bit bigger. Which is usually just enough.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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sberna · Climber · Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I will receive soon a few DMM Phantom screwgate biners: it is the same price as the Neon and it should weigtht a little less…

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