• Metolius Gatekeeper Autolock

    MSRP: $20   Setting aside that I’m often accused of using my GriGri “backward,” I will concede that I’ve been in the “whatever locker is fine” camp with belay biners. But if you’re a frequent … Continue reading "Metolius Gatekeeper Autolock"
  • AustriAlpin HMS Rondo Slide Autolock Carabiner

    MSRP: $16.95   Locking carabiners come in few different varieties: You’ve got your standard screwgate locker. Then you’ve got your autolocking twist-lock biner. There are the rarely-seen-in-the-wild  but oh-so-sexy Black Diamond Magnetron autolocking biners. And … Continue reading "AustriAlpin HMS Rondo Slide Autolock Carabiner"
  • Metolius Corrosion Resistant Carabiner

      MSRP: $9.95 BEST FOR: Climbing near the ocean   It can be easy to take for granted the idea that out climbing gear is going to keep us safe no matter what. But there … Continue reading "Metolius Corrosion Resistant Carabiner"
  • Grivel Mega K6g Twingate

    Grivel Mega K6G Twingate libertymountain.com | $17.95 | ★★★★ The Grivel Twingate carabiner isn’t the first design with two gates, but it is the best. Where the older RockExotica BiWire has its two openings on the … Continue reading "Grivel Mega K6g Twingate"
  • Petzl DJINN Axess Quickdraw

    Petzl DJINN Axess 9.5mm  | $16.95 (12cm) $17.95 (17cm)  | petzl.com ★★★½   The Djinn Axess Quickdraw (the D is silent) is Petzl’s new “beginner’s” quickdraw. But I’d argue that Petzl got it wrong. The Djinn … Continue reading "Petzl DJINN Axess Quickdraw"
  • Metolius Gatekeeper Locking Carabiner

    Metolius Gatekeeper | $17.95 | metolius.com ★★★★   Cross-loading your belay biner while giving someone a catch is like driving without a seatbelt. Usually, everything turns out fine. But if something does go wrong, serious … Continue reading "Metolius Gatekeeper Locking Carabiner"
  • Black Diamond Magnetron Rocklock Carabiner Review

      Black Diamond Magnetron Rocklock| $24.95  bdel.com  ★★★ I don’t know what it is with magnets. There’s the new Petzl Sirocco (look left) with its magnetic chin strap, and now BD has the Magnetron, a … Continue reading "Black Diamond Magnetron Rocklock Carabiner Review"
  • Mad Rock Ultra Light

    Price | $5.95 www.madrockclimbing.com 4 stars   Carabiners are the one piece of climbing gear you can never have enough of. Paradoxically, like socks and beer, they vanish as mysteriously as if they’d been put … Continue reading "Mad Rock Ultra Light"
  • Wiregate Carabiner Review

    Live Wires Once an anomaly, wire-gate carabiners are taking racks by storm. With more than 40 models swelling store shelves, choosing the right one is no longer an open-and-shut case. Carabiners are like Rodney Dangerfield … Continue reading "Wiregate Carabiner Review"
  • DMM Revolver Carabiner

    DMM Revolver $30 Four stars www.dmmclimbing.com Friction, the resistance of motion to surfaces that touch, is paradoxically a friend and foe. Underfoot, we can’t get enough sticky friction. But when we drag the rope up … Continue reading "DMM Revolver Carabiner"
  • Wild Country Helium Review

    Wild Country Helium The Helium Clean Wire is the first carabiner to use the I-beam construction that makes steel girders strong yet light. This application gives the Helium the best strength-to-weight ratio of any carabiner. … Continue reading "Wild Country Helium Review"

    Price | $9.95   www.boulderbaseddesigns.com 4 STARS THE FIRST time I climbed a big wall, my partner and I threw all of our gear in a pile and racked up, only to discover three days later … Continue reading "THE MARK"