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    20 Reviews


    Better than bulky biners in high places.

    The Nano 22 Carabiner is Camp USA's lightest biner for the utmost convenience when you're climbing in the alpine. With an all-new innovative design, Camp USA made the Nano 22 lighter and stronger this sending season. The inner working space holds the rope in its proper position, and it accommodates clove hitches and slides through the smallest anchor chains. The Nano 22 comes in a variety of colors for cam-pairing.

    • Strength-increasing weight-reducing design
    • Rope-cradling deep basket
    • Clove hitch-friendly inner
    • Item #CMP002B

    Tech Specs

    Gate Type
    Major Axis Strength
    21 kN
    Minor Axis Strength
    8 kN
    Open Gate Strength
    9 kN
    Gate Opening
    21 mm
    85.9 x 52 mm
    Claimed Weight
    0.8 oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    The best lightweight carabiner around!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These things are great! Big, easy to open gate with a reasonably deep basket; all in a nice compact package. I prefer these over the Metolius FS Mini II; they're just a slightly more ergonomic and comfortable to use. I use them for my alpine draws and cams, they come in all the colors you need to keep everything coordinated!

    Great value, with one drawback

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'll echo others' comments about the benefits of the the Nano 22. I use them on the gear end of alpine draws and for racking.

    The one criticism I have is that the riveted end of the gate protrudes from the carabiner instead of sitting flush. This occasionally causes the dyneema sling to snag and partially tears some sling fibers. You can push the rivet end flush but over time with normal use it will protrude again. Occurs on all 8 of my alpine draws, but YMMV. This could obviously create safety issue in a worst case scenario, but I've only had it occur when racking gear (doubling up the slings on alpine draws).

    Otherwise I'm happy with these carabiners and will continue to load up when they are on sale.

    Great value, with one drawback

    Redundant Review Because it's Worth It

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I wrote a review for these under their rack pack section but will echo myself here. I have yet to find a small biner for alpine draws and racking gear more worthy than the Nano 22.

    Despite being so small and lightweight, it remains easy to clip into on climbs (in large part due to its gate size) and to rack gear on your harness, sling, or for the approach.

    As others have also mentioned, these things are crazy light. If your aim is to shave ounces and keep your weight down for long approaches or big climbs without compromising security and confidence on the rock, than this is the biner for you. These are my exclusive small carabiner of choice.

    Bring them back in stock!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I climb two or three times a week and these are my absolute favorite racking biner. Smooth to clip, small to rack and big gate opening. The super thin nose is easy to slip into anything; it saves a lot of fumbling. I rack my Camalots on one side and Rockcentric Hexes on the other, (yes, I still use hexes.) My biggest problem is that backcountry can't keep them in stock. I've been trying to rack em up with my new Mastercams and I can't find the odd colors outside the rack pack, ie: orange and black. Best biners out there, if you can find them.

    Jared is spot on.

      I have a few of the old Nano 22's and the new version is so much better. I bought a rack pack in colors in the 22's and after seeing how much better the clipping action is I have set all my alpine draws up with nano's on both ends. I have the Photon draws and honestly the Photon is awesome and light for a full size biner but the weight savings on the 22 and the new gate size and clipping action . I'm sold. Jared, one of our resident climbing experts has a great description of the biner below but I can say for sure it is light years better than the previous version.

      Best Small Biner on the Market

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      If you're looking for the smallest carabiner but want the best, the Nano 22 is hands down superior to all the other small biners on the market. From racking, alpine draws to clove hitches, the Nano 22 is the best small-sized biner.

      These are small enough that you can carry a whole bunch and not have a whole bunch of space taken up but still big enough for easy clipping / racking.

      There are other small sized carabiners that I struggle to appreciate their gate sizes. The gate size is bigger than what you'd expect on such a small carabiner. The FS Mini (by Metolius) has a gate size of 17mm while the CAMP USA Nano 22 has a gate size of 21mm. A whole 4mm bigger but the total weight of the Nano 22 is 0.8oz compared to 0.9oz for the FS Mini.

      Clove Hitch:
      Yeah, you can tie a clove hitch on this biner. It's insane that you can do that! I've done it a few times, while it is awesome to have that functionality it is a tad hard with thicker ropes in the 10.2 range.

      These are insanely light which is perfect for cutting weight if you need to carry a large rack and plan on doing some alpine travel where weight can make a huge difference.

      Alpine Draws:
      I have a few of the Nano 22's and then a few of the CAMP USA Mach Express alpine draws which use a Nano 22 on the bolt/gear end. I'm a big fan of the Mach Express using this biner to shave weight.

      Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about the Nano 22 or any other gear!

      Jared D.
      Expert Gearhead

      Not great quality

        About 4 months ago I purchased a rack pack of camp nano 22 biners. My original impression was pretty good. They we very light and had a fairly nice gate action-better than BD oz. After climbing with them a bit more I stopped using them with my alpine draws because clipping a rope into them is not easy so I used them only to rack cams. In the past month I have noticed the spring return on the gates getting a bit sticky finally resulting in gate failure on one biner and several others looking like they may soon fail. I use BD oz, wild country helium 2, and dmm alpha trad as well and they all work great, no signs of gate failure. Just remember that with low price sometimes comes low quality.

        wonderfully light

          Light, clips well, a little on the smaller side but not bad. If your looking for a light beiner that is going to hold up to whatever you can throw at it. this is the guy. I've use them for my alpine draws and have full confidence in them.

          half great

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          I've bought over 50 of these, and the size, shape, weight, gate action and price are all great. Unfortunately, about half of them have a manufacturing defect where one mushroomed end of the gate wire is sharp and protrudes enough from the carabiner body to snag skin or (worse) sling fibers. I returned the problematic 'biners to CAMP, who graciously replaced them, but called it an aesthetic problem. Unfortunately, about half of the replacements had the same problem.

          Same issue here. I'm pretty sure i'm seeing a visible increase in the rate of sling fiber fraying with respect to what i saw with the neutrinos i was previously using. Not good; really disappointing - otherwise, I really like these biners.

          Great lightweight biner for a trad rack

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          This is a great lightweight racking biner for the price. The gate is smooth and clips in easily. The size is small, but once again, for the price and weight it works well overall. All the different colors are great when building a trad rack. Using this with a BD cam set on my first trad rack

          Good Biner

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          These guys are great for racking, they have an overall good feel to them. The gate is nice and smooth and is easy to get on and off. They are very lightweight and a great addition to racking your cams.

          Solid fix to the previous version

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          CAMP Nano 22 is a solid fix of Nano 23 design flaws. With the only exception - size. I would call it an adequate price for a job. Nano 22 is a lot of binner for a little weight and bulk.

          I like Nano 22 as much as I dislike Nano 23. All major flaws (too wide wiregate catching everything on a harness loop, unhooded gate opening by itself, etc) are fixed.

          Nano 22 is a good ultralight binner. Both - ultralight and good - are equally important. You know what you pay for - ultralight binner is ultralight, it wouldn't be comfortable, it wouldn't be full-size, etc.

          Great racking biner.

          • Familiarity: I've used it several times

          This is a fantastic, light biner. At 22 grams this biner could save you the weight of three or four biners on your entire rack which is great considering it is in a comparable price range to anything else you might think of racking in. In addition its available in a bunch of colors in case you have any cams that aren't BD and come in different colors. That being said, the gate is a little small to use on a draw.

          Perfect for racking

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

          Got a few sets for racking and had a chance to use them on a few multi-pitch climbs so far. I also used a few on alpine draws to see how I liked the size.

          With a very narrow nose it was easy to fit a large amount of gear on a loop. The change in the nose shape makes it more of a straight shot when pulling the biner off a loop than the prior nano 23 design. A great diagram of the change is here:

          Gate tension is greater than photons, just slightly softer than the current BD oz biner. No problems cross clipping like you get with the photons.

          As for draws, I felt they were ok on the gear side and clipped a skinny 8.9 well enough with their deep basket. If I was climbing near my limit and placing gear high I would want something larger though, the gate itself just isn't that wide, it would be hard to aim for if you're not clipping at the waist.

          The only reason I don't give 5 stars is that would have to be a fully clean nose to get a perfect score, there is still a notch on the gate. With the angle of the nose I never snagged them (even on the rope), but of course the potential is still there. This is really nit picking for the weight and price though.

          Nano sized Photons, but better

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

          I've been using the Nano 23s exclusively for racking my cams, and I like them a lot. I like the stiff gates on those, it makes me confident that the gates won't easily open and drop a precious cam while my rack is bouncing around.. I was worried that the gates on these would be too light, since I find the Photon carabiners and find their gates too light (and the they sometimes stick open).

          I was happy to find that while very similar to the Photons, these Nano 22s have a slightly stiffer gate, enough that I trust my cams with them. And the gate action is smoother, which I'll admit is nice. And you gotta love the significant increase in strength rating, despite the lower weight! The size is almost the same as the Nano 23s, with a slightly different shape.

          Camp USA made in China

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

          It does the job and is light but I was a little disappointed when I found Camp USA is made in China. Kind of a false advertisement IMO.

          How do these compare to the Camp Nano 23, in both size and gate stiffness?

          I like my Nano 23s for racking, but I've been disappointed by my Camp Photons- the gates are a little too light, and sometimes stick open. This looks kinda like a small version of the Photon, so I'm concerned it may have the same issues.

          The gate tension in this biner is as softer than photon? or like neutrino gate tension?

          Slightly stiffer than a photon, noticeably softer than the Nano 23. It has a much more 'springy' feel than the Neutrino, though the force seemed pretty similar.

          (But I'm comparing a brand new Nano to an old Neutrino, that might have a slight effect)