The FS Mini Carabiner by Metolius - Metolius has become synonymous with pushing the boundaries of gear design and our new FS Mini is a prime example. These rigs are very strong, extremely lightweight and reduce rack volume by an incredible amount. After a few uses, you'll find them easier to clip than full-size biners!
"Love these biners, work for anything you can think of."
If you can think of an item that needs a carabiner these are perfect. I originally bought one for my keys because I thought it would be to small for anything else. Turns out that I now use them to secure my belay/rap gloves, my climbing shoes, and my favorite use.... They are a perfect fit for an auto-block when I'm rappelling.
I have to preface....My wife and I don't climb....we use these for our everyday travel and other recreational uses. The uses are exponential...I always bring at least 6 when we go to Central America.I bought 6 of these in 3 different colors-These ones work great as keychain as they are smaller in size-strapping shoes/flipflops to a backpack -attaching the inflatable sun lounge to the cataraft on our river floats -attaching the anchor line to the bow eye on our powerboatGood spring feel on the gate, pretty similar to the BD Neutrino
"Product is great, lightweight and small for convenience, but yet as strong as Hercules!"
I purchased two of these carabiners for my eno double nest hammock (also a great buy) buy one if you haven't already. But anyways I got them solely for the hammock and loved how light and small they are so I purchased a couple more to use for my nalgene bottle and for my climbing shoes. I have also used one on a quick draw that was missing a biner. Overall anytime I want a new biner for anything I find myself ordering more minis.
Bought a pair of these to attach to my mountainsmith fanny to ensure my water bottles stay secure. I've used them bouldering, hiking, music festivaling and traveling. Still have my water bottles - well, aside from the one that my buddy "borrowed," dang.
"You'll notice a difference that's for sure"
Replacing your entire rack with FS Mini's will be noticeable. And not by a little bit, the other thing you'll notice is your fluffy 10.7mm rope wont work so well anymore. They clip my 9.5 quite well however. If you've got big hands like me then forget about a smooth clip and just use them on the bolt end of quickdraws. Being even small than the C.A.M.P. Nano23 and not shaving off that much weight, combined with my ape hands made them a bit fiddly I must admit.
"Small, Light, and fully funtional (In its own right)"
I have medium-large sized hands and find these things simple to clip, even when pumped. Forget the traditional technique. You have to "grab" the entire biner by its spine. Basically palming it...then complete the clip. This keeps the biner sturdy, and your finger isnt in the way of the gate. They are tiny. Dont expect to tie a clove onto it with a 11mm static rope. lol But they work wonderfully on your cams. If you dont need to extend the cam with a draw....clip it! You may get a lil more rope drag then a normal sized biner. This "could" cause your cams to walk a lil more then usual, so be aware of this. When in doubt, extend it out.
Great for keys, gear, other biners, holding pants up, hanging fivefingers up, even for setting up a hammock, anything you can think of... also useful for climbing... :-PGreat little biner! high quality, durable. you should buy all the colors! i did.