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Metolius Element Key Lock Belay Carabiner

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Element Key Lock Belay Carabiner

Metolius gave the Element Key Lock Belay Carabiner a pear shape with round bar stock to make belaying effortless and secure. The keylock gate keeps this Metolius carabiner from snagging on anything when you're clipping and unclipping gear. Metolius made this carabiner just large enough that you can use it with a Munter hitch, but not one bit bigger, so you don't have to carry around any extra aluminum.

  • Screwgate locker
  • Keylock nose
  • Item #MET002C

Material
aluminum
Gate Type
screwgate
Features
keylock nose
Major Axis Strength
24 kN
Minor Axis Strength
8kN
Open Gate Strength
8kN
Gate Opening
19mm
Claimed Weight
2.5 oz
Recommended Use
climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 4

Excellent belay carabiner

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Metolius Element is a fantastic belaying carabiner (for ATC-style devices where the rope is running over the carabiner). This is one of the last truly round stock carabiners. Round stock all the way around, even the spine. I really wish more manufactures made a carabiner like this. I-beam construction is great for saving weight but isn’t as smooth as round stock for belaying and rapping. This creates a nice wide surface for the rope to run over. Makes feeding rope smoother IMO. They last longer as well. Round stock carabiners are especially useful for auto-blocking devices (aka guide mode) as the blocking carabiner. It makes it easier to pull in slack, something I appreciate with creaky elbows and shoulders. Even the spine is round stock on the Element, so if the ‘biner shifts a bit in blocking position you still have a smooth pull. If you use a plaquette device like the Kong GiGi Or Camp Ovo it’s nice to have a round spine for the blocking carabiner. For this type of carabiner (round stock, pear shaped) it’s pretty light. About 10-15 g lighter than something like the BD Rock Lock (which isn’t round stock all the way around, the spine is a bit tapered on the BD Rock Lock). For building anchors and passing through bolts and chains (for instance if you use a personal tether) it’s not the best option due to how bulky the round stock is. Makes it harder to pass though bolts and chains. Get a lower profile asymmetric D locker for these purposes. But for what it’s designed for (belaying and rappelling with a tube-style device), it’s awesome. I also wouldn’t choose it for use with a Grigri due to how long it takes to unscrew (see below). The rope doesn’t pass over the ‘biner with a device like a Grigri, so the advantages of the round stock aren’t as useful here. Lastly, it’s an excellent value at less than $10. My only gripe is how long it takes to unscrew the carabiner. It’s not a deal breaker, in reality it’s a few more seconds than comparable ‘biners. But it’s kind of annoying and could be improved upon IMO. If you’re doing a lot of rappels it’s a bit of a hassle to screw it closed and then unscrew it for every rap. I’d give it a 5/5 stars if it weren’t for this minor issue. It’s really nice to have one of these ‘biners on every rack for belaying and rapping with a tube-style device or as your blocking carabiner when belaying from above in guide mode.

>Rating: 5

Best belay biner I've ever used

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I use this in conjunction with my atc. The combination of round stock (which is hard to find these days) textured finish, and a pear shape make it excellent for this purpose. The result is a smooth feeding through the atc at all times, in all uses. The finish totally wears off in about the same time it takes to go through one atc (a year-ish) but it is still perfectly usable after that. Complaints about this biner are that it is small, heavy, and the screwgate takes a lot of rotation. I'd say that at least two of those a pros rather than cons. I dont care for a huge biner that's just used for belaying, I like the security feeling from extra locking rotations, and the weight makes it feel sturdy. Let's be real, unless you're doing NIAD, the extra two grams on this biner vs another biner of this size aren't going to hinder you, and honestly it's worth it anyway. And as a matter of fact, I plan on taking this with me on the nose. This isn't really an excellent all-round locker. It is okay at most jobs, but truly excellent at one, and that is belaying.

>Rating: 5

Favorite carabiner

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've used this for ski mountaineering and glacier travel, and it's one of my favorite do-everything carabiners. It's light enough for traveling on longer days, and it's shape and locking is perfect for being able to do multiple things.

>Rating: 3

Just for Belay

This guy is a little too heavy and not as lightweight enough to want to take up the wall with you, but great to use while you belay someone.

>Rating: 3

it works

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I like the color a little big for me but overall great

>Rating: 3

Good enough

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This biner is solid and good enough, but I would not purchase it again or recommend it. My main complaint is that the screw lock takes too long.

>Rating: 3

Solid but small.

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Definitely a solid biner with a smooth screw lock. It's slightly smaller than what I wanted for a belay carabiner, though.

>Rating: 2

Not overly impressed

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

First off I do love the texture and size of this biner. i bought this for belaying with my GriGri, it is too thick for the GriGri hole making it hard to use. I also am not a fan of the locking screw. I does hold locked well, but unscrewing and screwing take far too much effort. Unfortunately this biner turned into my water bottle clip because I don't like to use it climbing.

First
>Rating: 3

Good for Belaying

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

So when any climber looks for a biner they want something light and easy to use. This is easy to use but it is NOT, I repeat, NOT light. I would not recommend this as a locker for anchors or taking it up a multipitch route. It's a good TR belay or single pitch belay biner. Other than that it's great to use and the screw gate hasn't gotten stuck either! Also it is on the smaller side so great for people with small hands :D

Excellent points, wish I had seen review earlier. I originally bought a couple for anchors, (right before a trip and it was all the local shop had on hand), and now I'm trying to relegate them to belays. Small, but not light; definitely "bomb proof". Takes a good number of twists to fully close, more so than the Black Diamonds I have. Profile works smoothly when used in an auto-block. Again, a great BELAY biner. :)