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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
2/5cm Assorted Colors D Shape Spring-loaded Gate Aluminum Carabiner for Home, Rv, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Traveling...
12KN Aluminium Wiregate Carabiners (Set of 2) - Rated 2697 LBS each - Lightweight Carabiner Clips for Hammock
Mad Rock Super Tech Screw Carabiner (Black)
Nite Ize S-Biner Ahhh Carabiner Clip Bottle Opener, Black
2-DAY FLASH SALE - Rallt 10 kN Aluminum Wire Gate Carabiners (Set of 2) - 2,248-pound Rating for Hammocks, Camping,...
Aluminum Alloy D Ring Shape Buckle, Super-handy Spring Snap Key Chain Clip Hook Screw Lock Buckle, Idea for Outdoor...
Indoor Steel Carabiner
Retail: $14.95 Sale: $11.21
Black Diamond Oval Carabiner
Neutrino Carabiner
Retail: $6.95 Sale: $5.56
Black Diamond Light D Carabiner
Positron Carabiner
Omega Pacific Standard D Carabiner
Nitron Carabiner
Retail: $11.95 Sale: $9.56
Omega Pacific ISO Locking Standard D Screwgate Carabiner
Orbit Carabiner
Retail: $7.95 Sale: $5.57
Black Diamond OvalWire Wiregate Carabiner
Orbit Lock Carabiner (Screwgate)
Retail: $10.95 Sale: $6.97
Omega Pacific 7/16 Mod D Screw-Lok Carabiner - Steel
HMS Lock Carabiner (Screwgate)
Retail: $14.95 Sale: $11.96
Black Diamond Neutrino Wiregate Carabiner
Photon Wiregate Carabiner
Retail: $7.95 Sale: $6.36
C.A.M.P. USA Photon Wire Straight Gate Carabiner
HMS Picto Lock Carabiner (Screwgate)
Retail: $13.95 Sale: $9.77
Petzl Ange S Wiregate Carabiner
Photon Carabiner
Retail: $9.95 Sale: $7.96
Petzl OK Oval Screwgate Locking Carabiner
HMS Belay Lock Carabiner
Retail: $24.95 Sale: $19.96
Petzl Ange L Wiregate Carabiner
Guide XL Lock Carabiner
Retail: $16.95 Sale: $13.56
Petzl Spirit Bent Gate Carabiner
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