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Pros: Lightest biner on the market.
Cons: A little small, high friction.
Best Uses: Trad climbing, alpine climbing.
This is the lightest quickdraw made. The small size is best suited for alpine or traditional climbing but also makes a great biner for clipping small hangers or links on anchors. This biner is also available in a six pack and the CAMP Nano 23 is also sold individually.
It is not ideal for making clips on sport routes. When compared to the Metolius FS Mini Quickdraw, it is a little less expensive and a little easier to handle. For most applications, we would rather use a bigger biner that is a little heavier, like the Wild Country Astro, Trango Superfly, and Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw. That said, if you are obsessed on having the lightest gear, nothing beats the Nano 23.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This is the lightest quickdraw out there. Even though it is really small, the spine is pretty easy to grab (it is less slippery than the Metolius FS Mini Quickdraw). One minor like is the fact that the small size makes it ideal for clipping into tight-fitting chain links and tiny bolt hanger holes. As with all carabiners with the wire-gate design, the gate is less likely to get frozen shut on alpine routes.
Because this carabiner is so small, it is not the easiest to handle, especially when wearing gloves. It is also not that smooth for the rope to run through (there is more friction when leading). It does not hold many knots or gear. As with all biners with the wire-gate design, the notch gets caught up on the bolt hanger when cleaning steep routes.
Alpine, big wall or traditional climbing where weight and size are of the highest concern. Not the best for sport climbing since it is too small to easily clip.
If you can get these for $7, they are a good value and one of the cheapest small biners available.
— Chris McNamara
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Most recent review: April 3, 2011
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