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Carabiners
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Type of Use 
 
3.0
Frequency of Use 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Ease of Use 
 
5.0
Safety 
 
5.0
Strength 
 
5.0

It's the shape that counts.

I never use this type of carabiner for life support. I use it as a utility carabiner to hang gear off my saddle. I only use models that use a key lock design (or similar) as the rounded nose at the gate opening does not grab clothing, rope, or skin as the sharp latch pin designs do.



There are about 5 manufacturers that have this rounded nose design. I color code my carabiners using all of the manufacturers who make this carabiner design so I can easily identify my gear. Some of the manufacturers change colors every year or so. I'll always get the new color and add the carabiner to my collection. For me the old rock climbing saying holds true- you can never have enough carabiners. I love hearing them clank against each other and I love seeing each one a different color. It really helps in organizing my gear while aloft.



The shape makes for easy clip-ins. Your hand easily finds the gate opening by touch alone. But the gate also easily opens when a twig makes contact. That is why I never use it as a primary life support carabiner.

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