RockLock Screwgate Carabiner
|Black Diamond RockLock Screwgate Rock Climbing Carabiner - The RockLock Screwgate Carabiner by Black Diamond is their largest bely and rappel locker. Featuring a keylock nose, it is Munter Hitch compatible and is available as a screwgate or twistlock. The square hinge end holds belay loop securely in place while the slightly curved spine maximizes the gate opening. The RockLock has a keylock nose that prevents snagging and can be operated with one hand. So when you are ready to begin climbing every mountain, don't forget the RockLock Screwgate Carabiner by Black Diamond.
Black Diamond RockLock Screwgate Carabiner:
These are a great value at about 10 bucks. I like the true locking design as opposed to some of these new twist lock type which can be opened inadvertently by the friction of a sliding rope. I used to run an outdoor club and I got a few of these for my students. Simple and obvious operation for beginners, easy to use with heavy gloves, don`t cross-load due to the shape (no rope loading the gate). This, along with an XTC, Metolius leather belay gloves, and a black diamond harness make a great starter kit.
Very light weight, with a solid lock and large enough to belay off of. Doesn't scratch too much when dropped either.
While I am not an expert at climbing (I am a master of falling off things, though), I have found this carabiner to be of excellent quality. It is solid and substantial (as another reviewer noted, it is bigger in real life than it seems in the photo). The mechanism is spring loaded, so it snaps into place automatically. The locking mechanism is manual, but very easy to use one handed with a tiny bit of practice. I found it easy to work even while wearing gloves. I have not fallen off anything with it (yet), but I have faith in it.
RockLock Screwgate Carabiner by Black Diamond for Rock Climbing
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