Black Diamond Oval Wire Carabiner

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Caution: I DON'T CLIMB. So if you're looking for a…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $6.50

Summary

Caution: I DON'T CLIMB. So if you're looking for a review of this product based on its use as a climbing accessory, you won't find it here.

I bought these carabiners for use as an accessory biner. They only cost a couple dollars more than the cheap accessory biners, so I thought the extra $ was worth it to know that I'll probably never come up with a way to destroy them.

I recommend these for use as a general use biner for attaching things to your pack or belt, and for making a simple pulley system to either hang a bear bag, or pull your canoe up a steep bank.

Pros

  • High quality
  • Rated to up to 23KN (5,170 lbs of force)
  • Wide gate
  • Large enough to use with gloves on
  • Cheap!

Cons

  • Not as light as some other lightweight models
  • Only comes in silver

This biner weighs 45g. It's lighter than many, but not as light as some of the newer lightweight biners. But as usual, if you want to shave a few more grams off your pack, you're going to spend a little more.

$6!!! I went in to the store to buy 1, but at this price, I bought 3. This will allow me to...

  • rig up a basic pulley system to make hanging a bear bag a little more convenient or haul my canoe up a steep bank,
  • hang a hammock,
  • hang my coffee cup off my pack or belt loop when I'm not using it, but don't want to put it away just yet,
  • clip my Pelican box or day pack to the thwart of my canoe, so that I know it's not going anywhere,
  • clip my dog's leash to anything while I lock up my car, get her some food & water, look for something in my pack, read a map, tie my shoe, light my stove, set up my tent, or pee in a bush.
  • hang my headlamp or flashlight off my pack, where it will be easy to find in the dark,
  • hang my lantern from a guy line,
  • do a bunch of other cool things that I haven't even thought of yet!

 

This biner is rated for climbing, and has a breaking strength of 23KN. A conversion tool on the internet told me that 23KN = 5170 lbs. So... when you take the breaking strength in KN and convert it to lbs, then multiply it by the 550 lbs paracord that I use for everything, and subtract the hypotenuse from the internal operating temperature of the flux capacitor, you get this result... I'LL NEVER BREAK THIS THING!

The little chores and convenience tasks I have planned for this thing will never come close to reaching its full potential. If this biner was a teenager, he'd feel completely bored and un-challenged, which sucks if it's a teenager that you're camping with, but is pretty great if it's a biner that you're camping with.

The gate on this biner is wide, and will easily accommodate the handle of a coffee mug, a water bottle, paracord, a strap on a pack, and a bunch of other things.

It's big and clunky. It's too big to be comfortably used as a key ring, but large enough that it will be easy to use with gloves or mittens on.

When I was picking out this biner, there were some others that came in some cool fancy colors. This one only comes in silver.

I'll update this review as I use this piece of equipment and find new uses and drawbacks to it.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Black Diamond's Oval Wire Carabiner page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

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

- REI

Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner FEATURES of the Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner Thinner body than classic Oval Wire gate resists whiplash Proven symmetrical design Does not freeze up in alpine conditions SPECIFICATIONS of the Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner Weight: 1.6 oz / 45 g Close Gate Strength: 5.170 lbf / 23 kN Open Gate Strength: 1.574 lbf / 7 kN Minor Axis Strength: 1.574 lbf / 7 kN Gate Opening: 1.0in. / 25 mm ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.

- Moosejaw

The Black Diamond OvalWire Carabiner is a lightweight oval biner with lots of uses for any climber or canyoneer. A thinner profile than the classic Oval carabiner takes up less space on your rack. A wiregate resists fluttering from wiplash and freezing in alpine conditions. The symmetrical design feeds rope well. A large gate opening makes it ideal for racking nuts and pins. A must have carabiner from Black Diamond Climbing. Weight: 45g. Major Axis Strength: 23 kN. Minor Axis Strength: 8 kN. Gate Open Strength: 8 kN. Rope Bearing Surface: 7.8mm. Gate Opening: 25mm

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

The lightweight Black Diamond OvalWire carabiner has a large gate opening and a large capacity for nuts and pins. Its symmetrical oval shape makes it optimal for racking and prevents the dreaded shift when aid climbing.

- EMS