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Climb to live.

If mutation is the next step in evolution, then the Black Diamond GridLock Screwgate Carabiner might be a glimpse at a future in which humans have super-sticky hands and live on high-alpine cliffs. With its intelligent design, this 'biner provides intuitive and proper belay orientation. And thanks to its I-beam spine cross-loading becomes a thing of the past... just like the living below tree line.

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3 5

All right

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cross-loading is barely a problem - it seldom happens, and when it does, belay biners are rated to hold strong lead falls even when cross-loaded. At 7 kn the climber is getting into kidney damage territory. So, this solves something that's barely a problem while being a bit more of a hassle to deal with since passing stuff through the extra gate creates more steps. With those steps comes more risk of dropping your biner or belay device. And I have done that more often. On the whole though... consider getting this if you need a new belay biner. But it's definitely not worth buying a new biner over.

5 5

Small price for a lot of peace of mind

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Definitely feel that this is a super important, necessary carabiner for top-rope/ sport climbing! It eliminates cross-loading while you're belaying a climber, so you don't have a potentially dangerous/ fatal situation due to improper belay orientation. TOTALLY worth the price, especially if you are being belayed by a somewhat-inexperienced belayer... you want them to use this. :)

5 5

Excellent item

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Focusing on looking at my lead climber sometimes the biner would turn and I'd be shocked to see this dangerous situation occur when I next looked down. That's a thing of the past with this perfect item. Keeps everything where it's supposed to be and is easy and quick to use. I'm already on my third one having worn out two previous ones.

Excellent item
5 5

Works Perfectly

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Does exactly what it was designed for: eliminate cross-loading on belay. Great design and a great price.

5 5

Nice Product

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice and lightweight. gives extra security as well. Nice and simple to use and a good product all around. I have not had any problems with it at all.

4 5

Good product but one extra step

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm pleased with the design and quality of the product. The anti-crossloading design is a nice extra safety feature. It does, however, require one extra step to get the belay loop in the right spot and the atc loop out. After a few dozen climbs, I've gotten used to this.

2 5

Not a good idea for multi-pitch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is great to keep from cross-loading - but it's best served in a single-pitch/top rope environment.

The thing is that you must open the main gate in order to open the sub-gate - they're the same piece. If you've not careful when trying to wrestle the lower area out of your belay loop, it's possible to tip the biner with the upper gate open and drop your ATC. I learned this the hard way.

It's strictly a gym/single-pitch tool now.

5 5

Can't Go Wrong

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this Carabiner for awhile, and just got another one to give my brother for his birthday. He and his wife have been climbing at the gym for almost a year, and are starting to get into sport climbing outdoors. This is a great biner for beginners, because they can easily see where everything is supposed to go (harness goes through the little part, rope and belay device through the big part) , and can be confident that they have their belay set up correctly.

Before I got this biner, I was constantly worried about cross loading (I'm weird, and will find something to worry about no matter what!). Now, I can focus on belaying without having to think about cross loading. Totally worth it for peace of mind.

5 5

Great

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Took a few belays to get use to (more so taking on and off not actually belaying) and now it is just like any other biner to me. Don't have to worry about cross loading which is just one less thing to worry about. Sweeeeet.

5 5

Luff it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this biner. Works great for belaying and doesn't cross load as many as said before. I have noticed however that with the GriGri2 that the rope can slip behind the cam when it is loaded if you're not careful. Other than that it's a great product.

5 5

best for belay

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this biner for belaying. I repeat, LOVE IT. I borrowed a friends one day and immediately knew I needed one. avoid the cross loading and treat yourself to this guy.

5 5

Great for belay.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally don't have to worry about my carabiner slipping sideways while belaying.

4 5

Very handy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked one up last October and it was very useful. Does exactly what its supposed to do keeps everything in place.

5 5

Great no cross loading biner

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used it sport and top roping and it has been reliable and never had to worry about cross loading, particularly with slack in the line while leading.
It is specific to belaying and doesn't make a good multipurpose carabiner, but if you need one and only one belaying biner it is a great choice. Fits well with both ATC or grigri. I've had no problems with the screwgate. I would recommend it to any climber and always keep it with me.

Great no cross loading biner
5 5

Best belay biner.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Somehow I keep having partners leave their gridlock's with my gear--I've got so many now, I can't keep them straight anymore--it's a good thing I like this biner so much.

This biner does one thing and one thing only--keep you from crossloading your belay biner. I never use it on anchors or in any other setting--but for a belay biner, this thing is hands down--the best biner on the market. I figure every climber should own one--maybe two, just in case you decide to leave one in my pack.

5 5

No More Crossloading!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this with both my Grigri and my ATC-Guide and it works very well. It's a little awkward to rig up the first time or two, but I got used to that very quickly. An ATC can be used on either side, but a Grigri must be used on the small end. And since it's a Black Diamond, the screwgate is excellent. Well worth the investment!