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.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Simple, functional, durable, and affordable--the Omega Pacific Jake Carabiner has become one of the most popular belay 'biners available. The unique offset gate increase the Jake Carabiner's clearance, so you can fill it up at a hanging belay without worry. Go to any crag and you'll see a smattering of these Omega Pacific carabiners.
Omega Pacific ISO Cold Forged Jake Quik-Lok Carabiner The SPECS Gate opening: 24 mm / .945 inch Major axis: 23 kN Gate open: 8 kN Minor axis: 10 kN Weight: 105 grams / 3.7 ounces Length: 114.3 mm / 4.5 inch Width: 80.0 mm / 3.15 inch ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.
An exciting new belay carabiner design that offers a greater clipping mouth by off-setting the gate opening. Now you can clip in easier without interferring with harness fit, difficult belay stances, daisy chains, or tie-ins at belay stations.
- Mountain Gear
CLOSEOUTS . Omega Pacificand#39;s Jake Quik-Lok carabiner features ISO cold-forged aluminum construction and has a spring-loaded autolock for easy one-handed operation. Available Colors: PEWTER/TURQUOISE.
- Sierra Trading Post