A carabiner hook (or karabiner) is a loop of metal with a spring-loaded gate that opens and shuts. The name 'karabiner-hook' comes from the people who made them popular - European soldiers who carried the first 'carbine' rifles. Uses are various and allow workers and climbers to join virtually every piece of equipment, allowing us to move in the vertical world safely, quickly and efficiently.
Today, you can find of dozens of designs, shapes and models of carabiners that all serve particular purposes. Below is a simple guide to helping you choose the right carabiner for your purpose:
Petzl WILLIAM Aluminium Karabiner (2016): The updated WILLIAM asymmetrical large capacity aluminium karabiner has a pear shape that is practical for easily connecting multiple items. Its fluid interior design and Keylock™ system facilitate manipulations. The WILLIAM karabiner is available in three locking systems: SCREW-LOCK manual system or TRIACT-LOCK and BALL-LOCK automatic systems.
Kong 411 XL D Screwgate Karabiner: The Kong 411 XL D Screwgate Carbon Steel Karabiner with screw sleeve. The X-Large is designed to offer a wide gate opening and a high tensile strength. The particular D shape prevents the rotation of the karabiner and allows to distribute the load along the major axis. Equipped with Key Lock system that prevents any snagging on the rope and in the bolts. Fitted with screw sleeve, easy to open even wearing gloves.
Skylotec DOUBLE TRI Tri Lock Karabiner: The new DOUBLE TRI, is the new generation of HMS karabiner with 180 ° technology and smooth triple-locking mechanism for maximum safety - push up, turn and open. With the new karabiner series DOUBLE, SKYOLTEC has now an answer for all those who work and climb left-handed or use both hands. With the innovative design (180° spring rotation), the sleeve that closes the gate can rotate in both directions.
ISC Small Iron Wizard Screw Gate Karabiner: This small ISC Iron Wizard steel carabiner features an awesome 70kN breaking strength and four gate configurations. The offset gate swings open to the side to allow for maximum clearance.
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