Omega Pacific Jake Quik-Lok
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $16
Not what I hoped for.
- Big gate
- Auto locking
- Hard to work with gloves on
I was looking for a "throat-y" auto locking aluminum 'biner, and the Omega Jake (OJ) drew me in with its description of an "off set gate" to give lots of clearance.
It does everything it claims to. However, I found the cons to outweigh the pros. If you are use to an autolocking 'biner, the OJ is going to throw you for a loop. It opens "backwards" from the traditional autolock. Not a big deal on the ground, but when you are hanging on a rope trying to transfer to another line, you can't rely on muscle memory to get it open.
Also, I have a hard time opening this with gloves on. Again this is a huge factor when you're 100' off the ground and trying to change over.
The OJ is also pretty pricey in my view.
Over all, it's a decent 'biner, but not my favorite.