Screw gates have been the locking carabiner standard since their inception in the late 1890’s. Auto-lockers entered the climbing scene in the 1970’s but due to their increased weight and somewhat complex operation they have primarily been used by more safety-conscious climbers. Fortunately, auto-locking carabiner design has seen unprecedented change in the last few years. New designs have made them lighter, cheaper, easier … Continue reading Auto-Locking Carabiner: Why Now?
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