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Lightest in its class.

Remember those fake rocks people used to hide their house keys in? You'd pick one up and almost fling it into your friend's face because your momentum is all off (it's hard to believe it'll really be that light). The Camp USA Nano 23 Carabiner is also surprisingly and ridiculously light. And on the last clip of your redpoint or an arm-wobbling race up El Capitan, that'll make a difference. The low profile also reduces space so you can carry more gear on your rack.
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5 5

Good Light Wire Carabiner.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got a couple of these to clip onto my hammock to replace the factory black biners and another to hang on my nalgene. Color was just like the picture. Solid.

4 5

Amazingly light!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These biners are great. They are impressively light. I won't claim that they're the lightest among their competitors, but if not then they're pretty close. The only downside here is size. These biners are partially so light because they're smaller than the norm. But they're also partially so light because CAMP did an amazing job with them. They're big enough to clip into even large ropes, but not with quick and comfortable ease. Still, the gate's are gorgeous, and I find plenty of places in my rack for plenty of these. Mostly nuts and 'draws. The next 'draws I invest in are going to be CAMP's Mach Express draws which utilize one of these on one end for clipping into gear, and a Photon wire gate on the other end for clipping the rope. The photons are a larger biner, with a larger gate opening and a deeper basket, but are still unbelievably light.

3 5

mehhhh... not for me.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light weight is about the only thing I dig on these. They clip weird and this isn't enough to out way the 7 gram difference between these and the Trango Phase I just picked up. The phase clip much easier. I will not be buying anymore until they change the gate action. However if weight is your thing they will fit your needs perfectly.

3 5

Light, but not fond of clipping action..

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light carabiner, but I don't really like the clipping feel ... nothing wrong, it's just personal preference.

Awesome for hammocking!

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I really like this carabiner for hammocking. Cuts weight and gives you a dual purpose part, a carabiner that is climbing rated, versus what you usually get with hammocks stock.

5 5

Affordable way to lighten up

These carabiners make a great addition to my rack. I use them for racking cams. The gate action is a tad stiff compared to biners like the neutrino. Also, the gate opening is quite small, making for a little trickier clipping, but it's nothing that practice can't overcome. Overall, it's an affordable way to lighten up!

5 5

Makes a difference

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently put these little guys on all my cams and what a difference it made! When comparing the weight side by side with a single biner its not huge. As soon as you do it with 15 or 20. Now you can feel a huge difference. So if you are looking to lighten up your big wall rack these little guys are a great way to do it. They do take some getting used to because of their size, but it doesn't take long till this is your favorite biner

5 5

Super light

Super lightweight, a little too small for me to be an everyday racking biner, but I have a few for use in das alpine.

5 5

Racking biners

I bought these as racking biners for my trad rack and when you consider 18 cams getting the upgrade it made a very noticeable weight difference to the rack. I did end up using the rubber bands from braces to keep the biners oriented on the cams as their low mass was making them flip which was more annoying than anything else but now they are a pretty ideal setup for my trad rack. I will likely be replacing all of my sling biners with these as well.

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Size Comparison

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Compared to the size of the Metolius FS mini. The Camp nano is a little bigger and a little lighter.

5 5

Size can misslead

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I work as a heavy equipment tech with a truck that has a 3200 pound crane. One day at work I had an idea to test the rating system for myself. After stalling out my crane the no visual indicator that the hook had even contacted the gate. The biners are crazy strong for their little size. Gate is sturdy and works very smooth. The hook gets a little snaggy but I will absolutely recomend these guys foe anyone who wants to build a ligh weight rack.

3 5

a little too small

They are a little too small for my liking. I have a few that I use for racking and on the gear side of trad draws. After opening the gate there just isn't much room to clip anything. I prefer the DMM Phantom, Mammut Moses or the BD Oz to this one.

5 5

the perfect 'biner for small climbers - my fav

As a female climber with small hands, this is my absolute favorite biner - and not just for racking. I use them on my draws (regular and extendable), and for me, they are perfectly sized for clipping the rope through. Compared to other micro biners (like those by Metolius) the gate opening is a (very important) bit larger, while they are both lighter and cheaper.
Another reviewer mentioned the gate action was funky - I've never noticed that. Never even really thought about it, which I guess is what you want!

What are the dimensions on these? Are...

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What are the dimensions on these? Are they about the same size as the Metolius f.s. mini? thanks

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Nick, they're pretty much the same size...maybe a slightly different shape if you put one over the other, but functionally, no different.

5 5

Super handy little biner.

First, let me say I have these on all of my quickdraws, and I love them. I use them on the rope side. They are super lite and perfect. I have them on everything from my car keys to the daisy chain on my pack. I use them with my eno doublenest hammock too. So many uses for these things!

4 5

Too small?

I picked a few to give them a try. Kind of had my doubts, but they feel suprizingly solid.
A little small and can be hard to clip, so I wont be using them on my draws or climbing at the local crag. However the reduced weight will be welcome in an alpine setting. Plan on getting more for when Im going into the backcountry and trying to drop the pounds I have to hump in.

5 5

Great for racking

These puppies are just what I had in mind for racking my C4s. It is impossible to appreciate just how small these biners are online. They are about the size of many of those novelty ("not for climbing") carabiners that you see on car keys or water bottles, and almost as light--and yet they are full strength. I would not use them for regular trad climbing purposes (as in for extendable quickdraws) because I think that it would be too difficult to clip the rope through these when pumped, but I absolutely appreciate them for racking my cams, and am considering buying more for racking my hexes as well.

3 5


Now this is just my opinion, but I think this product is too small for me. I'm sure they are strong enough and the gate works fine. It's just that I have big hands and was not crazy how little they are. Also did not like that I can't mix and match them with my other biners. But if your cool with using just them on your rack, and into the ultra lite weight thing. They are cool. I mostly use them for hanging stuff on my pack.

4 5

Super light (and small), but weird gate action.

As other reviewers have said, these carabiners are quite a marvel, lightweight, plenty strong, and a good price. The gate opening is somewhere in between the Metolius FS mini and the Moses or Oz. I use them for racking cams, which works quite nicely.

I don't take issue with their small size, my main problem with these is that the gate action is funky. The spring starts out with "average" resistance, then hits a "dead spot", after which the resistance increases until the gate is fully open. This doesn't decrease functionality per se, it just doesn't feel nearly as smooth as other options in the weight class.

Overall, a lot of function for your dollar.

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