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This tasty, compact pear shaped design just got better with the addition of our key lock nose design. The thick rod stock makes for easy rope handling and works perfectly with our BRD, munter hitch or other plate-style devices.
FEATURES of the Metolius Element Key Lock Carabiner
Hot-forged, key-lock design
Compact, pear-shaped design for belaying and rappelling
Workhorse belay biner for an exceptional price
Perfect for our BRD, munter hitch and other belay devices
Individually tested to 1/2 its rated strength
All climbing equipment is final sale. Sorry to be so mean about it.
Rated 3 out of
There are better...I got a couple of these to act as belaying biners. They function well enough (not my least favorite screwgate), but there are a couple things that Metolius could improve upon.,,,,For one, these take about a year and a half (not counting holidays) to lock. And although it has a nice feel in your hand when clipping, the gate opening isn't that big. Lastly, it's a little on the small side for a belay biner (hard to belay with a munter).,,,,If you're looking for a belay biner, go for the BD rocklock or the Petzl attache. Cost is about the same, and they both have a wider gate opening and minor axis for nice rope play when belaying. And they'll spare you the 50 turns it takes to lock one of these.
Date published: 2011-11-22
Rated 3 out of
Well... It worksI have used this biner on multiple climbs. It works okay as a belay biner but that's about it. Its got a really small gate clearance which can complicate matters a lot while climbing. Its pretty much just a belay carabiner because of its size and locking sluggishness. And of course its size can make it really hard to hook in even just for belaying. In my experience however it's size doesn't seam to be too much of a problem with an ATC belay device. So depending on your gear it might work for you, or it might not.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 2 out of
Not into the rough lock, very stiff and bulkyI got this product along with the Personal Anchor System, and definitely would not use it in combination for belaying up a second, setting up a rappel, or any other climbing purpose - except maybe attaching my shoes to my rope bag. It is too wide to clip in easily with very little clearance. Plus, the lock seems very sticky and the feel of the 'biner is not ideal either. I would go with the Black Diamond Rocklock or a Pacific Omega locking 'biner for a comparable price before this product.
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 1 out of
These things are horribleAt our gym, (where I work) we bought a bunch of these as belay carabiners staring out. At first they seemed ok, but as time went on we avoid them at all cost. seriously, if they were giving them out for free i'd only take one or two to leave as booty gear. ,,,,the gates on these have a tendency of getting stuck. Not a good problem to have for a carabiner. they seem to small. and they don't seem to feed very well, though they aren't bad. Go for a BD Rocklock instead which is much better.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 3 out of
Fine for belaying a good friendI use this biner with my ATC for outdoor top-roped climbs. It has never come unlocked on its own, ever. It does take an extra second to lock or unlock (but that helps me be intentional about going on or off belay).,,,,This is my second season of using it, and I've noticed the brown paint has worn off the small end of the biner. The metal is still sound. My climbing partner still trusts this carabiner (and, well, me) with her life.,,,,
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of
best belay biner for grigriThis is my favorite belay biner for the grigri or grigri2. It's small and thick enough to keep the grigri at the pointy end and keep it from getting cross-loaded. The biner moves with the grigri.,,,,I wouldn't use it for cleaning as it's too thick and will take up a lot of room in the bolt or chain and I won't use it with an ATC, since it's rather small. ,,,,It's also a key lock and won't catch or snag.,,,,
Date published: 2011-08-16
Rated 3 out of
Not bad, but not the bestThis carabiner came in a starter pack I bought a couple of years ago. When I first started climbing, I used it with my ATC. I found that it was a little too small and the locking mechanism can get stuck sometimes. I still use it when I climb as part of my anchoring system. Its still as strong as any other carabiner, but it can be a little annoying if you have to deal with it too much
Date published: 2010-09-20
Rated 3 out of
Great carabiner, mediocre belay carabinerI bought this to use as a belay carabiner, and it works fine, but it's really too small for that. I've found it's difficult to open and close the biner with my belay loop at the bottom of the biner. The belay loop inhibits the carabiner from being opened, making it hard to clip/unclip rope from belay device. Other than that, it's very nice. Keylock is great (as with any keylock).