Omega Pacific Jake Review
Cons: Heavy, bulky, gate gets hung up
Manufacturer: Omega Pacific
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Different Versions of the Omega Pacific Jake
The Jake is also available in the Quick Lok version, and the 3-Stage Quick Lok. Omega Pacific reports that with the 3-Stage, the shape orients the load and prevents loading the nose of the biner.Check out the side-by-side comparison below, with the Quick Lok pictured on the left, the Screw Lock (reviewed here) in the middle, and the 3-Stage shown on the right.
This carabiner stands our for its custom side-swing gate that gives you better gate clearance than some other carabiners. It also has a thick rounded design that lets the rope run very smoothly, especially when using a munter hitch. There is lots space for multiple knots or slings and the Omega scored near the top for how many ropes would fit into it.
This carabiner is a bit on the heavy and bulky size. Many carabiners of a similar size are lighter. Surprisingly, despite its gate design, it didn't score great for having five knots in it because there is not a lot of area from the bottom of the gate to the bottom of the biner. The gate notch gets hung up easily - on this it got the lowest score in our test. The screw gate version was one of the slowest to twist shut.
Good belay/rappel biner because of its smooth rope handling. The screw-lock model works well for an anchor or backup biner while the quik-lock gate is a great belay/rappel biner. This is a great locking biner for winter because it is also one of the largest pear-shaped biners, making it easier to handle with gloves.
This $16 carabiner falls in the middle of the value range. It is not cheap like a $10-12 value biner but also not in the $20 range like many of its competitors. Based on how durable it is, it has good long-term value.
— Chris McNamara and Chris Summit