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#1 Superman

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:56 PM

So this thread got me thinking: http://itstactical.c...r/?hl=carabiner

 

What carabiners does everyone use?  What brands are top quality and what features do you like/not like?  I'm about to stock up on some and only have the super cheap ones at the moment.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:24 PM

http://www.omegapac....id=139&secid=45

 

Those are the ones I have. I can't remember where I got them from, but I think I was issued a bunch for some reason or another.

 

Mind you, I don't climb or do anything that requires the use of a carabiner. I just have them and have a few on a few random bags here and there.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:50 PM

So this thread got me thinking: http://itstactical.c...r/?hl=carabiner

 

What carabiners does everyone use?  What brands are top quality and what features do you like/not like?  I'm about to stock up on some and only have the super cheap ones at the moment.

 

As far as life safety carabiners go, I personally very strongly advocate an auto-locking tri-action carabiner. My personal favorite is the DMM locksafe series, such as their aluminum zodiac carabiner. 


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 08:03 PM

The kind of carabiner would depend a bit on your intended use. If you're climbing and weight is a concern the aluminum wire gate carabiners are nice. I use a mix of oval and d-shaped aluminum carabiners. For my belay device I use an auto-locking carabiner and for anchors I use screw-lock carabiners. If you're doing high angle rescue stuff and weight is less of a concern you could go with steel carabiners. They're much more expensive and significantly heavier, but they're nearly twice as strong as aluminum. 


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 11:00 AM

I guess the first question is what you're using them for. My high angle rescue bag is going to look a heap different than a rec climber's gear. All of my stuff is NFPA G-rated for rescue. And weighs a ton compared to climbing equipment, or even backcountry L-rated gear. As long as they are stamped with the rating and are applicable for your intended task, I don't know if you could really chose a bad carabiner. I have mainly Omega and CMC Rescue brands.
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Posted 20 April 2014 - 11:58 AM

I like the Omega Jake a lot, when I bought them they had the biggest gate opening on the market (they may still, but I haven't been keeping up with that stuff).


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#7 DStevenson

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 12:53 PM

Here is my personal favorite and the only place I buy them from anymore.

It's a premium Carabiner but its one of those spoiled things I guess.

The Petzl Triact-Lock.. best I've used.

 

 

http://www.rei.com/p...cking-carabiner


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 04:45 PM

Everyone has their favorite! LOL I always used these, and still have about thirty laying in random bags. When doing S&R work I always liked having the screw type, others liked the magnetic locks, and another liked running a twist lock. I'd say as long as its rated for what you expect it to do, and is from a well known company there really isn't a wrong answer. 

 

 

http://www.rei.com/p...wgate-carabiner


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