About | Blog | Forums | People | Free Newsletter
Trailspace is a product review site for outdoor enthusiasts. Use it to find and share great gear.

Simond Spider Screwgate

1 review
5-star:   1
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0
1

Lightweight, excellent screwgate locker that has a…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $16.69

Summary

Lightweight, excellent screwgate locker that has a perfectly shaped nose to make clipping extremely easy. The best locking beiner for personal anchor systems at the top of a long difficult route.

Pros

  • Nose angle (more open with respect to the spine)
  • Fairly light (medium diameter)
  • Great locking mechanism
  • Metal spring mechanism
  • Smooth nose edge

Cons

  • Sacrifice strength for weight and ease of clipping


Simond-Screwgate-Locker-Closed---Copy.jp
Simond-Screwgate-Locker-Open---Copy.jpg

This carabiner is the best I have used to attach a personal anchor system at the top of a route. The nose is shaped in a way that it is quite open (bent out) compared to other screwgate lockers, so clipping is extremely easy. The diameter of the carabiner is around  a medium sized thickness. Since the body of the carabiner is round and not an I-beam construction you do lose some strength, but the diameter is great if you have to clip multiple pieces of gear onto a single anchor. The carabiner is fairly light for a screwgate locker so you barely even feel it on your harness.

One of the most important factors to me when selecting a carabiner is the spring mechanism. A lot of carabiner manufacturers are using plastic spring mechanisms. I do not like this as I have heard of the spring mechanisms becoming brittle in cold weather. The Simond Spider Screwgate uses a metal spring, this is preferred as a metal spring I believe is more durable.

I have used this carabiner for personal anchor systems in the Canadian Rockies on single pitch sport climbing routes. 

Know someone who might be interested in this?
Share it on email, Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.
If you've owned or used a Simond Spider Screwgate, please share your experience.

Simond Spider Screwgate

previously retailed for:
$11.89

The Simond Spider Screwgate is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen October 16, 2008 at Backcountry.com.

If you're looking for a new locking carabiner, check out the best reviewed current models.