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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.

Outmate 6 pcs Aluminum D-ring Locking Carabiner Light but Strong
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Mad Rock Super Tech Screw Carabiner (Black)
Nite Ize Size-2 S-Biner Dual Spring Gate Carabiner, Spectrum
Black Diamond Rocklock Screwgate Carabiner
Nite Ize S-Biner Dual Spring Gate Carabiners, Stainless, 3-Pack, Sizes 2, 3, 4
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Outdoor Products Carabiner Multi Pack Set
Nite Ize S-Biner Ahhh Carabiner Clip Bottle Opener, Black
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Fusion Wave Screw Gate Carabiner
2.5"/6CM Aluminum Carabiner Keychain Clip,Durable Spring-loaded Hook Pack for Home, Rv, Camping,...
SZHOWORLD 10PCS/LOT Mini SF Spring Backpack Clasps Climbing Carabiners EDC Keychain Camping...
Nite Ize S-Biner Plastic Size-4 Double-Gated Carabiner
Fusion Contigua Straight Non-Locking Gate Carabiner
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BLACK DIAMOND Positron Screwgate Carabiner
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Nite Ize S-Biner Steel MicroLock
Omega Pacific Standard Oval Carabiner - Black
3" 10 Pack Vibrant Colors D Shape Improved Durable Spring-loaded Gate Aluminum Carabiners Clips...
RHX Multi Tool Carabiners with Knife+Screwdriver+Bottle Opener for Mountain Climbin
D Ring Locking Carabiner Keychain ,NORTHERN BROTHERS Aluminum Spring Key Carabiners Clip Carrying...
uxcell 2 Pcs 3" Long Black Aluminum Spring Loaded Gate Fishing Traveling Carabiners Hooks
Omega Pacific Standard Oval Carabiner, Black
AGPtek Spring-loaded Gate Bottle Gourd Shaped Aluminum Locking Carabiner for Home, RV, Camping,...
Mad Rock Ultra Tech Twist Carabiner
Big Wall Traverse - UIAA Certified 25kn Aluminum Carabiners - Screw Lock, Straight Gate or Bent Gate
GM CLIMBING 24kN Ultra-Light Locking Carabiner Screw Gate UIAA Certified
Makhry 6pcs/set Aluminum Carabiner Screw Lock D-ring KeyChain Clip Hook Outdoor Buckle for...
D-FantiX Carabiner Clip, Aluminum Locking Carabiner Keychain D Ring Carabiner Edc Black Pack of 5
Mad Rock Super Tech Keylock Carabiner
Wocst Aluminum Carabiner D-ring Key Chain Clip Climbing Hook (10 Pcs)
Mad Rock Ultra Tech HMS Screw Carabiner (Silver)
Eagles Nest Outfitters - Aluminum Wiregate Carabiner
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