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Why are you belaying with a non-locking carabiner?
- Locking slide carabiner
- Snag-free keylock nose
- H-profile construction
- Item #ELR002A
- Q & A
Neat but flawed design
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this carabiner more than a year ago because (1) I have a thing for weird lockers, and (2) it seemed like the perfect locker to use with a Grigri, since no point on the biner is too wide to pass through the device.
However, by the time I'd had this carabiner for a year, I had relegated it to the bail pile.
After only a year of mostly indoor use, the locking tab on this carabiner was so prone to jamming that the gate would not snap shut on its own when released from the open position (not to even mention auto-locking). As an open-gate carabiner is significantly weaker than a closed-gate biner (regardless of locked or not), I didn't feel safe using this biner.
I performed the manufacturer-recommended cleaning and lubrication, but the gate still closes unreliably. None of my other lockers or auto-lockers, which are older and dirtier, are finicky like this.
In addition, activating the slider tab to open the gate is really tough if your hands are sweaty or greasy, which happens a lot while climbing.
I definitely would not buy this biner again and though I'm sure it will make a great bail locker, it's so tough to open that I feel like leaving it to stump the next climber is a cruel prank.