Ratings Overview - Carabiner

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Wild Country Helium Carabiner

 Wild Country Helium Carabiner
The Wild Country Helium carabiner has received a lot of hype since its release over a decade ago, and, due to its exorbitant price here in the US, a lot of grumbles. Is this carabiner really worth...  read more >
$14

Editors' Choice Award
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Ease of unclipping - 10 of 10
10
Ease of clipping - 9 of 10
9
Ease of handling - 10 of 10
10
How many ropes fit - 10 of 10
10
Rope pull smoothness - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 7 of 10
7

 Petzl Spirit Straight Gate
The Petzl Spirit is the original keylocking carabiner - often copied but never duplicated. Thanks to its notch-free design it is a dream to unclip on steep terrain, and it's one of the best...  read more >
$10

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Ease of unclipping - 10 of 10
10
Ease of clipping - 10 of 10
10
Ease of handling - 8 of 10
8
How many ropes fit - 5 of 10
5
Rope pull smoothness - 9 of 10
9
Portability - 6 of 10
6
Wild Country Nitro Carabiner

 Wild Country Nitro
The Wild Country Nitro provides a lot of value for an all-around carabiner. It scored near the top in many of our tests but is often 50% cheaper than the carabiners that scored higher. The one area...  read more >
$9

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Ease of unclipping - 4 of 10
4
Ease of clipping - 9 of 10
9
Ease of handling - 9 of 10
9
How many ropes fit - 8 of 10
8
Rope pull smoothness - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 7 of 10
7

 Black Diamond LiveWire
The Black Diamond HotWire and Black Diamond Livewire were some of first carabiners with the once revolutionary "wiregate" design. At first glance, the wiregate looks weak and fragile but after...  read more >
$12

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Ease of unclipping - 8 of 10
8
Ease of clipping - 9 of 10
9
Ease of handling - 8 of 10
8
How many ropes fit - 9 of 10
9
Rope pull smoothness - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 4 of 10
4

 Petzl Djinn Straight Gate
The new Petzl Djinn straight gate carabiner is designed to be "rugged for crag climbing." They are one of the heavier models that we tested for this updated review, and while they work great on a...  read more >
$9

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Ease of unclipping - 9 of 10
9
Ease of clipping - 8 of 10
8
Ease of handling - 6 of 10
6
How many ropes fit - 10 of 10
10
Rope pull smoothness - 10 of 10
10
Portability - 3 of 10
3

 Black Diamond Oz Carabiner
The Black Diamond Oz won our Top Pick for Lightweight Carabiner. It's not the absolute lightest model on the market - that distinction goes to the CAMP Nano 22 Carabiner and the Metolius FS Mini -...  read more >
$9

Top Pick Award
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Ease of unclipping - 7 of 10
7
Ease of clipping - 7 of 10
7
Ease of handling - 6 of 10
6
How many ropes fit - 6 of 10
6
Rope pull smoothness - 7 of 10
7
Portability - 9 of 10
9
Black Diamond Hotwire Carabiner

 Black Diamond HotWire
Product Recall: February 2016 In February of 2016, Black Diamond released a recall of specific Hotwire carabiners; the recall concerns products with manufacturing codes between 4350 and 6018. To...  read more >
$8

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Ease of unclipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of clipping - 8 of 10
8
Ease of handling - 7 of 10
7
How many ropes fit - 10 of 10
10
Rope pull smoothness - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 6 of 10
6
Wild Country Astro

 Wild Country Astro
The Wild Country Astro is a great lightweight carabiner, especially for the price. Our Best Buy award winner, the Mad Rock UltraLight Bent Gate cost less but it is a little heavier and did not score...  read more >
$8

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Ease of unclipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of clipping - 7 of 10
7
Ease of handling - 8 of 10
8
How many ropes fit - 6 of 10
6
Rope pull smoothness - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 9 of 10
9

 CAMP Photon Wire Straight Gate
The CAMP Photon Wire Straight Gate is one of the lightest full size carabiners on the market. This product was designed with light and fast ascents in the mountains in mind. In fact, this is the...  read more >
$8

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Ease of unclipping - 6 of 10
6
Ease of clipping - 4 of 10
4
Ease of handling - 4 of 10
4
How many ropes fit - 10 of 10
10
Rope pull smoothness - 9 of 10
9
Portability - 8 of 10
8
Black Diamond Positron Carabiner

 Black Diamond Positron
Product Recall: February 2016 Positron straight gate 210153 / 210261 and bent gate 210154 were recalled by Black Diamond in February of 2016. If you believe that you might own any of these products...  read more >
$9

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Ease of unclipping - 9 of 10
9
Ease of clipping - 6 of 10
6
Ease of handling - 8 of 10
8
How many ropes fit - 8 of 10
8
Rope pull smoothness - 8 of 10
8
Portability - 2 of 10
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Black Diamond Ovalwire

 Black Diamond Oval Wire
The Black Diamond Oval Wire is the wire gate version of the classic Black Diamond Oval. It is a little lighter than the oval and stronger. It is great for racking gear because so much gear fits on...  read more >
$8

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Ease of unclipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of clipping - 8 of 10
8
Ease of handling - 8 of 10
8
How many ropes fit - 8 of 10
8
Rope pull smoothness - 10 of 10
10
Portability - 3 of 10
3

 Mad Rock UltraLight Bent Gate
The Mad Rock UltraLight bent gate carabiner is our Best Buy award winner. The price on this product just can't be beat. You'll save several dollars per unit over most other carabiners, and it's less...  read more >
$6

Best Buy Award
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Ease of unclipping - 5 of 10
5
Ease of clipping - 8 of 10
8
Ease of handling - 6 of 10
6
How many ropes fit - 6 of 10
6
Rope pull smoothness - 6 of 10
6
Portability - 7 of 10
7

 CAMP Orbit
The CAMP Orbit bent gate carabiner is best suited for the rope end of a quickdraw. The keylock design is great for cleaning steep sport routes, as there is no notch to snag on your rope. This...  read more >
$8

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Ease of unclipping - 8 of 10
8
Ease of clipping - 7 of 10
7
Ease of handling - 7 of 10
7
How many ropes fit - 7 of 10
7
Rope pull smoothness - 7 of 10
7
Portability - 3 of 10
3
Black Diamond Neutrino Carabiner

 Black Diamond Neutrino
A decade ago, the Black Diamond Neutrino was the first really small and light carabiner to gain popularity. It was dramatically lighter and smaller than anything else seen on Yosemite's big walls. I...  read more >
$7

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Ease of unclipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of clipping - 7 of 10
7
Ease of handling - 7 of 10
7
How many ropes fit - 5 of 10
5
Rope pull smoothness - 7 of 10
7
Portability - 6 of 10
6
Black Diamond Oval Carabiner

 Black Diamond Oval
The Black Diamond Oval is the classic carabiner design and Black Diamond has been making them for as long as anyone. The oval design is tried and true and it's just kinda cool to have a few of these...  read more >
$7

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Ease of unclipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of clipping - 5 of 10
5
Ease of handling - 5 of 10
5
How many ropes fit - 8 of 10
8
Rope pull smoothness - 10 of 10
10
Portability - 1 of 10
1
CAMP Nano 22

 CAMP Nano 22 Carabiner
The first time you lay eyes on the CAMP Nano 22, you might think it's a nut-tool only carabiner. But don't let the small size deceive you! It is indeed full-strength and one of the lightest biners...  read more >
$7

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Ease of unclipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of clipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of handling - 6 of 10
6
How many ropes fit - 2 of 10
2
Rope pull smoothness - 5 of 10
5
Portability - 10 of 10
10
Metolius FS Mini II

 Metolius FS Mini 2
The Metolius FS Mini 2 carabiner is one of the lightest and smallest climbing-strength carabiners on the market. At first, we thought it was a keychain biner -- it is that small. It is much smaller...  read more >
$8

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Ease of unclipping - 1 of 10
1
Ease of clipping - 3 of 10
3
Ease of handling - 5 of 10
5
How many ropes fit - 1 of 10
1
Rope pull smoothness - 4 of 10
4
Portability - 10 of 10
10
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