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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.

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,...

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...

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.

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....

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.

TOOGOO(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 The size of the cup is long * wide 8CM*7CM The size of...

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.

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.

Nite Ize S-Biner Plastic Size-10 Double Gated Carabiner

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Made of strong, lightweight, durable plastic, it holds, secures, and connects the big stuff, the awkward stuff, and the heavy stuff. Excellent for organizing those space hogs in your garage (bikes, heavy tools, sporting equipment, garden hoses, extension cords). Also perfect for hanging heavier camping...

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!

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.

Banana Saver with Carabiner, Yellow

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The Banana Saver eliminates the problem of packing a banana "on the go". This USA made product is designed to protect individual bananas from getting bruised until time of consumption. Its small size will appeal to sport's enthusiasts where space is a premium. Perfect for backpackers,...

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...

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...

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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