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These devices are a gated connecting device used in rock climbing to attach a rope to a fixed anchor, tie in to protection points and the Belay Device. They are which are either non-locking or locking, and hinged with a spring to snap shut when released. They are lightweight, most commonly made with aluminum, and specifically designed to be operated with one hand. They are built to withstand a high shock force, and yet are light enough for climbers to carry between 6 to 30 without being hindered by the weight or bulk. The sizes range from big 3.7 ounce--to the mini 1.2 ounce aluminum carabiner. There are three basic types:

Snap Gate Aluminum Carabiner

Oval CarabinerOval. The semi-circle at each end distributes the load while allowing the rope or another carabiner to shift with movement. Typically these are the least expensive, lightest in weight to include the mini size. The tradeoff is they are not as strong and a little more difficult to clip than other styles, but are is ideal for clipping gear and rack items to the climbing harness.

D Symmetrical Carabiner"D" - Symmetrical. The "D-shape" causes the connecting runners or rope to shift toward the spine side (away from the gate). The spine side of the aluminum carabiner is stronger than the gate. This type will take more shock and weight force than the standard oval. They are easier to clip into runners and anchors points than the oval. This type works well for lead and top rope clipping.

D Asymmetrical Carabiner"D" - Asymmetrical. The asymmetrical function provides space for a larger gate opening. This facilitates clipping and reduces weight a little. The asymmetrical has a larger gate opening than the symmetrical, but has less space inside the carabiner. It is also a good choice for lead and top rope clipping for experienced climbers.

Type of Gates, Gate Options

Also see locking carabiners.

Figure 9 Carabiner with Black Gates

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The innovative, patented Figure 9 Carabiner from Nite Ize tightens, tensions, and secures ropes without knots. It is a hassle-free alternative to untying difficult knots and using ropes that quickly lose tension. The folks at Nite Ize made it even easier to use by adding a carabiner clip that attaches...

Figure 9 Carabiner

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The innovative, patented Figure 9 Carabiner from Nite Ize tightens, tensions, and secures ropes without knots. It is a hassle-free alternative to untying difficult knots and using ropes that quickly lose tension. The folks at Nite Ize made it even easier to use by adding a carabiner clip that attaches...

S-Biner Microlock Carabiner

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The Nite Ize S-Biner MicroLock is the perfect size to hold and organize keys to rings or for organizing other smaller items. And now, with its added twist lever, it also locks perfectly, preventing any unintended or accidental openings. Made of high quality stainless steel, the S-Biner MicroLock features...

Stansport Oversized Carry Handle Carabiner, Black

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Stansport Oversized Carry Handle Carabiner is made of aluminum with a spring loaded gate. The soft, rubber cushion-grip makes it comfortable to carry. The jumbo size allows you to carry multiple items at one time from packages, sports gear and even walking multiple dogs at once by attaching the leashes....

uxcell® 2 Pcs Portable Hiking Camping Spring Clip Aluminum Round Carabiner Hook Black

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Feature: Circle Shape, Aluminium Material, Black Carabiner Hook. Spring loaded gate design makes it easy to open and lock securely. Widely used for fishing, camping, hiking, etc. NOTE: Not for climbing or safety equipment.

Slidelock Carabiner

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The Nite Ize Slidelock Carabiner is the classic utility carabiner. The folks at Nite Ize took a hard look at this ubiquitous device and saw two good opportunities to make it more efficient. They designed an innovative slide-to-lock feature that securely locks the gate with a simple push and slide movement,...

Black Diamond Oval Carabiner

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A favorite on gear racks for years, the Black Diamond Oval carabiner is a fine all-around choice.

Scuba Choice Boat Marine Clip Stainless Steel Safety Spring Hook Carabiner, 3 1/8-Inch

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Scuba Choice is a retail and wholesale online company for scuba diving accessories. All of our products are provided directly from manufacturers. Customers can save up to 50% off the retailing price. The Scuba Choice team is dedicated to satisfy every customer's needs with better quality for less...

Black Diamond OvalWire Wiregate Carabiner

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This low-profile, lightweight 'biner is perfect for the aid climber looking for a strong, inexpensive high-tech oval.

Klix (TM) 6 in1 Multi Function Hiking Survival Rock Climbing Gear Knife Carabiner Tool

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Features: 100% brand new and high quality 6 in1 Multi Function Hiking Survival Rock Climbing Gear Knife Carabiner Tool Applicable to a variety activities, such as camping, hiking, hunting, mountaineering, riding, rocking and others Easy and convenient to carry with a hole for threading The Multi-Function-Folding...

Omega Pacific Standard D Carabiner

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The ISO Cold Forging process provides an extraordinary strength to weight ratio, making this versatile 'biner a lightweight addition to your rack.

Grizzly Grip Utility Carabiners

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Grizzly Grip Utility Carabiners are a handy way to keep track of keys and other small items around the house or even the camp grounds. The classic D-shaped aluminum body will open and close smoothly as the spring-loaded gate makes it easy to attach important items to a pack or belt. Available in a pack...

CAMTOA Multifunctional Pulley system Para-biner Carabiner Stainless-Steel Opener

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Decriptions: 1.Size: 90mm*38mm*7mm/3.5"L*1.5"W*0.3"H, thick and hard.Weight: 88g 2.Material: High Tensile Stainless Steel 3.Offers 5 wrench openings 15/16", 9/16", 1/2", 7/16", 3/8", 5/16", 1/4" (bit driver). 4.Integrated carabiner pulley system specifically...

Keeper (06300) 12-Piece Bungee Assortment

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Keeper Bungee Cords are made from the highest quality materials for long-lasting dependability no matter what the application. All Keeper bungee cords are designed to withstand UV rays and weather damage with durable outer jackets in bright, visible colors. Inside, premium rubber ensures top quality...

Black Diamond Rocklock TwistLock Carabiner Twist Lock (Colors May Vary)

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Black Diamond largest belay and rappel locker, the Black Diamond rock lock carabiner features a keylock nose and is munter hitch compatible. It can be operated with one hand.

Black Diamond Rocklock Twistlock Carabiner

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Black Diamond's largest locking Twistlock 'biner is designed with a keylock nose that won't snag on bolts or gear.

Metolius Personal Anchor System without Carabiner

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After gaining the chains and pumping out, the last thing you feel like doing is fiddling around with excessive slings, daisies, or quickdraws. The Metolius Personal Anchor System streamlines your anchor-setting process for increased convenience and safety.

Sea To Summit Carabiner Tie Downs

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Some traditional tie downs are a hassle with their single loops, so Sea To Summit decided to make the Carabiner Tie Downs with their two-point anchoring system. This unique security lets you load your kayak onto your car quickly, and it's so convenient that you'll feel like being on the water...

Paracord Grenade Emergency Kit HIGH QUALITY 550 Parachute Cord Has an Attached Whistle for Signaling The Carabiner Upgraded With a Military Grade Snap Hook Filled With 18 Tools Including Fishing Gear

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With the Gorilla Egg you can now ALWAYS BE PREPARED It's High Quality, Risk Free with our lifetime MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, and could one day SAVE YOUR LIFE. - All Gorilla Eggs are constructed with 9 feet of strong and durable 550 Paracord and include an attached -Emergency Whistle Great For Signaling...

CLIMB X Rock Star Climbing Shoe with FREE Mammut Carabiner ($10 Value)

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Based on the Rock-It series, the Rock Star utilizes the same design, but features a lace-up for a more precise and secure fit. The Rock Star is Climb X's premier lace-up rock climbing shoe model, ideal for competition, cracks and for folks whose climbing is on the sharp end of the spectrum. A no-nonsense,...
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