Petzl Am'D

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The Petzl Am'D is a poorly designed carabiner that…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $12


The Petzl Am'D is a poorly designed carabiner that cannot be operated while wearing gloves. The plastic found on the gate is puzzling and serves no purpose on a life-dependent device that is sure to bang into rocks while in use.


  • Decent sized gate opening


  • Difficult to open
  • Plastic components

I'm surprised these are still on the market. If you are wearing a pair of gloves, you won't be able to open this 'biner. The plastic sheath and ball on the gate seem destined to early retirement, as the gate scrapes across rocks.

This 'biner strikes me as another attempt to "build a better mousetrap." To me, Petzl is the king of climbing gear, but their early gear was built so well that their more recent products feel cheap to me.

I'd skip this 'biner and look at some of Petzl's other offerings.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Petzl's Am'D page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The shape and size of this carabiner makes it great for most uses, from connecting a belay device to your harness or as a connector at the end of a lanyard. The D-shape makes it one of the strongest and lightest locking carabiners Petzl makes.


Redundancy is the name of the game when it comes to climbing anchors, so let the Petzl Am'D Locking Carabiner back you up when it matters most. The Petzl Am'D comes in three different lock modes (Screw-Lock, Ball-Lock, Triact-Lock) to fit your needs. It has a keylock gate to ensure it won't snag on your gear when you're building an anchor.


On Sale. Petzl Am'D Ball Lock Carabiner FEATURES of the Petzl Am'D Ball Lock Carabiner Specifically adapted for connection of equipment and use at the end of a lanyard Excellent strength-to-weight ratio Keylock system helps prevent snagging of the carabiner during maneuvers Red indicator provides a visual warning when the carabiner is unlocked (on Screw-Lock version) SPECIFICATIONS of the Petzl Am'D Ball Lock Carabiner Major Axis Strength: 28 kN Minor Axis Strength: 7 kN Open Gate Strength: 8 kN Certification: CE EN 362 The SPECS for Triact-Lock Weight: 78 g Locking system: Triact-Lock Gate Opening: 21 mm The SPECS for Ball-Lock Weight: 78 g Locking system: Ball-Lock Gate Opening: 22 mm The SPECS for Screw-Lock Weight: 74 g Locking system: Screw-Lock Gate Opening: 21 mm ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.

- Moosejaw

Versatile, multipurpose carabiner., Asymmetric shape for exceptional strength to weight ratio., Manual locking system (metallic sleeve): simplifies operation with one hand.Red visual indicator shows when the carabiner is unlocked., Keylock system: snag-free body / gate interface, avoids accidental snagging of the carabiner onto the anchor, the rope, the harness

- Ramsey Outdoor