Omega Pacific Jake Quik-Lok
The Jake is different from any other auto-lock carabiner…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $16
The Jake is different from any other auto-lock carabiner you have ever used. That is a huge con, as it runs contrary to what a climber is accustomed to. For its price, there are better options on the market.
- 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.