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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

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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...

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,...

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...

Blue Sky Gear TuffWare Thermal Biner Mug 1.0, Silver/Indigo

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The Blue Sky Gear TuffWare Thermal Biner Mug 1.0 is an insulated, stainless steel mug featuring an 8 cm carabiner handle for added functionality. The TuffWare Thermal Biner Mug 1.0 clips easily to backpacks or other camping kitchen gear. The double wall construction creates a thermal barrier that insulates...

Camping Portable Spring Clip Round Metal Carabiner Hook Black 2 Pcs

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Feature: Circle Shape, Metal 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.

Explorer Black Carabiner Compass

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Explorer Carabiner Compass. 2 5/8" overall. Black composition casing. 1 1/8" diameter compass with black face.

SODIAL(R) Stainless Steel Camping Hiking Cup Carabiner Hook Double Wall

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* SODIAL is a registered trademark. ONLY Authorized seller of SODIAL can sell under SODIAL listings.Our products will enhance your experience to unparalleled inspiration. * SODIAL(R) Stainless Steel Camping Hiking Cup Carabiner Hook Double Wall

SlideLock Carabiner

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Nite Ize believes no product is too small or basic to be improved. Exhibit A: the classic utility carabiner. 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...

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.

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.

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.

Keith Titanium Tool Fast Hang Carabiner 12 Wrench Ruler Mouth of Bicycle Steel Wire Steel Only 10.3g

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Surface:Titanium Original Colour
Place of Origin:Guangzhou China
Function:8-12 wrench,ruler,mouth of bicycle steel wire-steel.

Black Diamond Positron Screwgate Carabiner

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The unique keylock nose prevents this carabiner from snagging on pro--it's clean and easy to clip!

Keith Titanium Carabiner 12 Wrench Mouth Of Bicycle Steel Wire Steel Only 9g

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Surface:Titanium Original Color
Place of Origin:Guangzhou China
Function:12 wrench,mouth of bicycle steel wire-steel.

1.Pure titanium,lightweight and stronger than steel.

Allbingo Upgraded Grip Wide Design Resistant Ultra Heavy Duty Handles with Solid ABS Cores, Durable Carabiners, Super Strong Nylon Webbing, and Heavy Gauge Welded D-rings, Silicone Bracelet

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Product Description - The best resistance bands handles Anyone who has multiple resistance bands sets knows that most resistance bands handles are too narrow and cause the straps to scrape your hands, and too thin that you can't get a good squeeze on them. Not so with these babies. They're...

Keith Pure Titanium Lightweight Outdoor Fast Hang Carabiner Multiple Sizes Wrench Ruler

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Product Description: 1,Pure titanium,lightweigt,stronger than steel; 2,Never rust,anti-corrosion from acid and alkali; 3,High resistance to extreme low and high temperature; 4,Healthy,eco-friendly close to human body; 5,Mouth buckle designs for the barb, bite force is strong; 6,Good heat transfer performance....

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 GridLock Screwgate Carabiner

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If mutation is the next step in evolution, then the Black Diamond GridLock Screwgate Carabiner might be a glimpse at a future in which humans have super-sticky hands and live on high-alpine cliffs. With its intelligent design, this 'biner provides intuitive and proper belay orientation. And thanks...

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...

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.

Sundick 10pcs Outdoor Carabiner Key Chain Mountaineering Hook Backpack Buckle

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Brand: Sundick Type: SD-DSK8 Shape: Square,D-scan Color: Black,Gold,Sliver,Gray(D-scan) Material: High strength aluminium alloy Surface: Anodizing,Matte finnishing Size: 51.5x46x6.5(D)mm(Square),82x43x7.5(D)mm(D-scan) Weight: 12g(Square),18g(D-scan) Place of origin: China Attention: The color of square...
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