Hey, I want to buy biners for my 8mm dyneema...
Hey, I want to buy biners for my 8mm dyneema slings to make alpine extendable quickdraws. Im debating on buying Wild Country Nitros or Astros for that purpose. I saw Astro and they seem a little bit to small, but they are lightweight. I see opinions that Nitros are bigger - full sized biners so they would fit my hand better I think, but they are heavier than astros.. On the other hand its only 7gram per biner and I would have max 12 of them in my backpack. I have climbed only with full sized biners so I don't know if size difference is really an issue. Some say that its harder to clip in into smaller ones.. I dont know which to choose. Im kinda into Nitros - Thin, lightweight sling and a slightly heavier biner - Nitro (but a full sized, friendly size and still lighter than most full sized biners)? Anyone ?
Smaller the biner, the more difficult it is to clip - imho, slightly but slightly counts. Practice with a few smaller ones and see how you like them - nothing wrong with mixing up your rack.
These Nitro biners are great. Fit the hand well, have great gate action and are reasonably light. The slick nose is awesome too.
Well, what I would suggest is a combination of both. Personally I prefer using a full size biner for the rope end, as when you're pumped it absolutely sucks to clip a rope into a tiny biner. However, I actually kinda like having a smaller bolt end biner. If you find ones with good gate action, they're just as easy to clip as full size, but you can start to shave a lot of weight. If you're looking for really light draws, check out the Petzl Ange S for the bolt end, and the Mad Rock Ultralight wire gate for the rope end, perhaps with a Petzl Fin' Anneau 60cm sling in the middle. Those come out to 87g apiece, so about three ounces. $28 apeice.