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Michisthewaywrote a review of on March 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've decided to build a new alpine rack for some upcoming climbs. I professionally guided for 14 years on 5 continents, but have been out of the game for many years. Technology has improved, things are lighter and more useable, I don't have to concern myself with the most durable gear anymore and I dont have to use equipment given to me by sponsors. I wanted the lightest biners that are easily used while wearing gloves.

After an absurd amount of research I decided on the Wild Country Helium 2. These are so light and useable that I'm using them for all of my climbing, not just alpine. Yes they are expensive and I'm not getting them for free or on a pro deal, but I'm patient and I catch them on sale and in rack packs for additional savings.

What you are getting is an exceptionally well-made product made in Great Britain by workers who get paid well enough to not just subsist on and are passionate about their work. The biners are HUGE for their weight and work so much better with cold, frozen hands and with gloves on than the Camp Nano 22's and BD Oz's that I also have and are sometimes compared to one another. They come in a decent array of colors to match cams. They are wire gates, which I only use because of reduced gate chatter, fewer moving parts, saved weight and the additional strength of the stainless steel wire. They have a decent rope bearing area in the basket, despite being made with i-beam/h-beam construction.

My only complaints: the gates lack snap and are a little mushy, but it's no big deal, and the nose is a little thick so they may not clip into smaller chains or crowded anchors.

I now own 16 of them and am very happy with them so far, and plan on buying a few more to round out my rack.

Hope this helps!