The Black Diamond HoodWire Carabiner. The innovative hood design on this all new, snag-free wiregate biner is simple, self-clearing and protects the nose from wear.
|Closed Gate Strength:||5.395 lbf / 24 kN|
|Gate Opening:||24 mm (.94 in)|
|Hot-forged construction:||lightweight and designed for all-around use|
|Key Lock Gate:||No|
|Major Axis Strength:||24 kN|
|Major Axis Strength (Closed):||24 kN|
|Major Axis Strength (Open):||8 kN|
|Minor Axis Strength:||8 kN (1, 798 lbf)|
|Open Gate Strength:||8 kN (1,798 lbf)|
|Recommended Use:||rock climbing|
|Weight:||37 g (1.3 oz)|
|Weight (Grams):||37 g|
|Weight [with packaging]:||0.1 lb|
|Black Diamond HoodWire Wiregate Carabiner||$8.95|
|Black Diamond HoodWire Carabiner-Orange||$8.95|
|Black Diamond HoodWire Rackpack (pack of six Hoodwire Carabiners)||$52.95|
|Black Diamond HoodWire Biner||$8.95|
Solid biner from BD. It has all the perks of a wiregate (light, minimal gate flutter) with most of the perks of a keylock, and is about 20% cheaper than a WC Helium. I'm also not as worried about accruing gunk in the hood as I am with the WC ("self cleaning"!).
The reasons I only gave them 4 stars: 1) The wire hood doesn't go quite as far out as the beginning of the notch (about 1mm, see picture) so there's still a hint of a snag sometimes vs. a keylock (very minor, and not noticeable at all if you're using it for a rope-end biner). 2) There are some inconsistencies in gate tension between biners, probably something to do with the flattened wire. That being said, the gates are all still snappy and trustworthy, just not as consistent as I'd like to see.
In conclusion: I will definitely be buying these again. An awesome rope-end biner with a little room for improvement.