So which Carabiner To Use?
Once you know how to choose a carabiner, you can look at other factors such as gate type, size, weight, and strength. Once you understand how they affect performance, it’s easier to determine whether that carabiner is right for you. While you may be able to make a carabiner work for your needs, the best carabiner for that purpose may not be the lightest aluminum option. Choose a carabiner with features that will best complement your intended use.
A Climbing Carabiner
Choosing the right carabiner is important because a carabiner’s capacity to hold your weight and resist gate flutter (the amount of force it takes to flip the gate open) is dependent on how big the carabiner’s body is. For example, if you’re going climbing with a lightweight quickdraw, having small wiregate carabiners at each end will reduce the weight significantly and make carrying less gear up the hill easier.
The way carabiners are used depends on the type of climbing you’re doing. A wiregate carabiner is great for racking gear to keep your rack light for alpine climbing or adventure racing. Large carabiners with a lever-lock gate are great for belaying.
Climbing carabiner colors and shapes can vary depending on their intended use. Shaped wiregate carabiners are smaller, lighter, and have a lower gate pressure making them easier to clip when you’re working with longer draws and slings. Some may be better for racking gear, while others are better for clipping a rope.
Generic Use Carabiner
The practical uses of all types of carabiners are numerous, just doing a google search brings up a vast array of what people have used them for, you can check this Pinterest link which shows some terrific ideas. The only consideration is mostly down to convenience or secure locking, with secure locking being the choice for when an item needs a more secure way to hold/lock an item together.
Our 12kN carabiner is and has been a choice for non-climbing uses. You can check our auto-locking model reviews on Amazon, there are some images that give you an idea of what people have used for. And screw-lock for hanging items also has great feedback on Amazon, we take care and read all the customer comments and verify and validate any problems.