Technology “Combine a time-tested ’biner with a brilliant upgrade, and you get something better than the sum of its parts,” says one tester of this classic that now has the innovative Magnetron technology. Released a few years ago, Magnetron employs two arms on the gate to keep it from opening, and these arms are magnetically attracted to a steel insert in the nose of the ’biner. Simply press the arms to open the gate; no twisting or two-handed maneuvers required. Testers all agreed that this super-easy locking mechanism is quicker than any other locking ’biner, and it’s the easiest setup to use with bulky gloves on.
Versatility The pear shape is large enough that it’s easy to handle and quick to clip on everything from rope to harness to snow picket. The 2-ounce weight is almost unheard of for a ’biner of this size and durability. “This has become the one carabiner that I use for literally everything,” says one tester.
$28; 2 oz.; blackdiamondequipment.com