Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner

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The OvalWire Carabiner by Black Diamond is a lightweight oval carabiner with a wire gate and thinner-profile body. Weighs 17 grams less than the traditional Oval. Wiregate resists gate whiplash and icing in alpine conditions.

FEATURES of the Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner.

Weather and Wind:

  • Cold-forged aluminum alloy for exceptional strength-to-weight ratio


  • Made in USA.


  • Does not freeze up in alpine conditions
  • Wiregate resists whiplash and greezing in winter conditions
  • Thinner body than the classic Oval
  • Strength major axis closed 23.0 kilonewtons
  • Simple design is actually stronger than gated biners in cross-loading or edge-loading situations--steel wire bends and stretches instead of breaking
  • Uniform shape prevents shifting
  • Weight 45.0 grams
  • Gate open clearance 25.4 millimeters
  • Slender wire gate occupies less working space, leaving more room for fingers and rope
  • Wire gate resists whiplash
  • Large carrying capacity
  • Proven symmetrical design
Black Diamond Oval Wire Carabiner Features.

Black Diamond Oval Wire Carabiner.
The Black Diamond Oval Wire Carabiner is a sleek, useful, must-have addition to your climbing rack. This carabiner comes with the same symmetrical design as the traditional Oval, but improved with its sleek body. The wire gate is great for cold weather climbing conditions, as it resists whiplash and freezing temperatures. With an open gate strength of 7 kN and a closed gate strength of 23 kN, the carabiner is built for heavy loads and is much stronger than traditional ones. A wide gate opening of 1 inch gives room for a large number of nuts and pins to be accommodated. So make sure you have a Black Diamond Oval Wire Carabiner included, as part of your climbing gear.
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Key Features.

Oregon Mountain Community
The Black Diamond Oval Wire is an evolved version of their tried and true Oval. The OvalWire is lighter and thinner while providing the same no-biner-shift benefit on those A4 hookfests. Black Diamond Oval Wire Features: Thinner body than classic Oval Wiregate resists whiplash and freezing in alpine conditions Proven symmetrical design.
The Black Diamond OvalWire is an lightweight carabiner for everything from big wall climbing to alpine routes. The classic oval shape is ideal for racking and eliminates dreaded 'biner shift while aid climbing. The OvalWire's wire gate cuts weight to a mere 1.6oz and resists freezing on ice climbs.

Al's Sports
With a wiregate and thinner body than the Black Diamond Oval, the OvalWire has a large gate opening and a large capacity for nuts and pins. Its symmetrical design makes it optimal for racking and prevents the dreaded shift when aid climbing.

Classic designs evolve and thats why our tried and true Oval is also offered in a wiregate version. The OvalWire is lighter and thinner while still providing the same no shift benefit of the Oval. On those A4 hookfests the lightweight OvalWire sits still and offers better protection. Climbers will find this biner excellent for modern-aid testpieces, big-wall free climbs, racking pro and as an all-around biner.



 You should check and see if we have a cosmetic second version of this carabiner available at a lower price.

Mountain Gear
Ideal for aid climbers, Black Diamond's Oval Wiregate is the classic oval biner - updated with a wiregate that resists whiplash and freezing in winter conditions.

Appalachain Outdoors
For quick and lightweight security depend upon the new Oval Wiregate. For strength and security, it goes unchallenged by others in the climbing world. Another reason that Black Diamond Equipment is a leader in progressive performance gear.
A new variation of the classic oval carabiner. A wire gate and small changes in shape allow for lighter weight, and increased strength. The wire gate resists freezing in cold and icy conditions. This is a great all around carabiner which excels in big wall climbing, and for racking lots of gear. Weight: 1.6 oz.
With a wiregate and thinner body than the Oval, the OvalWire has a large gate opening and a large capacity for nuts and pins.

and freezing in alpine conditions.
• Weight : 45 g, 1.6 oz.
• Closed Gate Strength : 23 kN, 5152 lbf.
• Open Gate Strength : 7 kN, 1574 lbf.
• Minor Axis Strength : 7 kN, 1574 lbf.
• Gate Opening : 25 mm, 1.0 in


This low-profile, lightweight 'biner is perfect for the aid climber looking for a strong, inexpensive high-tech oval.


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Carabiner type:Non-locking carabiner
Close Gate Strength:5.170 lbf / 23 kN
Closed Gate Strength:23 kN (5170 lbf)
Country of Origin:China
Frame Shape:Oval
Gate Clearance:25 mm
Gate Closed:23 kn
Gate Closed Strength:23 kN
Gate Open:7 kn
Gate Open Strength:7 kN
Gate Opening:1.0 in / 25 mm
Gate Style:Wire
Gate open clearance:25 millimeters
Gate type:Wire
Major Axis Strength:23 kN
Major Axis kN:23 kN, 5170 lbf
Minor Axis:7 kn
Minor Axis Strength:1.574 lbf / 7 kN
Minor Axis kN:7 kN, 1574 lbf
Open Gate Strength:1.574 lbf / 7 kN
Open Strength kN:7 kN, 1574 lbf
Strength major axis closed:23 kilonewtons
Strength major axis open:7 kilonewtons
Strength minor axis:7 kilonewtons
Upc, Ean, Isbn:793661030621
Weight:1.6 oz / 45 g
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Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner Reviews:


Love these biners

These new-school oval biners are awesome. They have made huge improvements over the original design. Namely, they are slightly asymmetric, which causes the majority of the load to go across the spine. This is in part why these are stronger (23kN) than a true oval (~18kN).

I like using these mainly for racking gear such as a set of nuts and a set of tricams. I also like using two of them sometimes for a main anchor point when top roping, with the gates reversed and opposed, of course.
kellyhazzie at REI on 05/05/2009

Great Racking Krab

I love this carabiner. Anytime I need to get krabs to rack gear or hold stuff on my harness I grab one of these. Although I haven't used it for anchoring purposes, the large gate opening is great and the large internal area allows it to hold a lot of gear. I carry my shoes on my harness with this carabiner. I wish Black Diamond made a locking version of this.
Ty at REI on 05/05/2009

Best all arounder

In my opnion, the best all around nonlocking 'biner out there. This thing does it all, its a workhorse on anything from yosemite big walls to icy alpine routes. The symmetrical design is ideal for using two 'biners reversed and opposed. And the wiregate is lighter, less prone to freezing in alpine environments and reduces the possibility of gate fluttering and accidental opening. And you cant beat the price!
climb4life at REI on 09/09/2007

Great All Around Biner

I rack my cams on these biners, they are great, I also have them on some of my slings. they are thin (so you can fit alot of them on a gear loop, have a good rope bearing surface, not too heavy, although it would be nice if they were lighter, easy to clip, and have an offset interior which helps keep the rope away from the gate.
John Duke at REI on 10/10/2007

Does everything you need it to, except be perfectly oval-shaped. I got a few of these because I don't like running non-loadworthy gear on my harness and needed some extra gear clips and something to hold my chalk bag. It's a little awkward for the chalk due to the shape, but it ultimately works. Other than that: super light and no issues. Love the wire gate.

Benjamin McKinney at on 07/23/2012

these are great biners i love them for racking stoppers and other bulk gear, i also love these for throwing a sling in there and making some alpine draws. they are light, cheap, sexy and the wire gates wont freeze up on you. just buy ten and have them handy!

kev p at on 05/07/2010

these things are great. super simple and easy to use. i use these to rack my nuts and a few other pieces. they're nice and light and seem pretty durable. i haven't used them long but the gates seem smooth as ever.

Casey Glaubman at on 05/20/2012

lightweight, cheap, strong, and a nice wide opening. What more do you want? rack it up!
if you want to get picky, complain about the lack of keynose- and then take out a 2nd mortgage to rack with those

Climb&Ski the BC at on 03/20/2010

This biner is great for racking extra stoppers and hexes on those long multi-pitch routes when you want to prevent long run-outs. Lightweight and able to carry a lot of stoppers.

Nick Shuey at on 07/07/2013

Simple, strong, light, quality, cheap. I have nothing bad to say about this carabiner. It has many uses from anchors to just racking up gear.
Go out and get one, or ten!

Matt Collins at on 02/13/2011