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As you can see, they get a little crowed with doubled slings and with two cams per biner. I know, not what they were designed for, this is simply a demonstration of size.
Purchased a few of these to rack some of my TCU's and Flex cams. They seem very solid and the gate is smooth. I have no problem getting them off and on a gear loop. However, the problem lies in doubled/extendable slings. These are just too small. There is no way I'd be fiddling to extend a sling when the juice is draining. No big deal, they were designed for metolius' single slings, hands down. Lastly, the price seems pretty steep to me. I will update as I put more use on them this summer. The jury is still out on whether or not I want mini-biners on my rack.
I got tired of my fake-biner keychain breaking, so I started looking for a tiny legit one. This was perfect! Very small design but you still have a full working biner at your side, you know, just in case you need to tie your shoe laces together and repel from a burning building after saving some old lady's cat or something.
Keychain jokes aside, these do make great biners for random utility purposes like hanging your hammock.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Small, strong, light, great for so many uses, like lightening and shrinking your alpine rack, pack biners, shoe biners on your harness, anchors, etc...I don't love them for clipping the rope into while leading, but utility wise, they are awesome.
great for racking, metolius does color them to match all 8 master cams, but the grey and purple are harder to find. they could work for quickdraws, but for sport climbing the weight savings wouldn't justify the potential for clipping difficulties as they're quite small. for racking cams, 5 stars.
I picked up one of these to give it a try and check out one of the "micro" 'biners comparable to the nano and mosses. Like everyone has said, this thing is smurf sized. .
After a bit of testing I'm thoroughly impressed by the snappy and tight gate action, feel in the hand, ease of clipping, weight, and even the bright color. Purple ended up being a Magenta/Pink color lol, but whatever. Also, has a texture comparable to bead blasting.
While the gate opening of this thing is tiny ( 18mm ) I really like the feel in the hand and it's not incredibly hard to clip it cause you can wrap your whole hand around it with ease. I'm sure the more you practice with it the better you'd get, but I prefer the Inferno wiregate for the size bonus and larger gate opening. They're also the same price ;]
With the mini F.S.'s tiny gate opening and large hook nose it can be a bit troublesome to unclip from the harness, pro, rope, and/or wall. Practice makes perfect. .
Major Axis Strength: 22 kN
Minor Axis Strength: 7 kN
Open Gate Strength: 8 kN
I was surprised at how sturdy and solid this little guy felt, and how good the gate action feels. HOWEVER, KNOW HOW SMALL THESE ARE: 3 inches on the long axis, 2 inches across. I love them for anchors and racking nuts and what not, but would not put them on the rope end of a quickdraw.
I'm new to climbing and have only been on sport / top-rope single pitch stuff, but if I ever do backcountry alpine climbing, I'll be getting more of these for their weight and size. They are tiny!
How big is it?
The carabiner is roughly 3 x 2 in.