Black Diamond Sent to OZBy Rocky Thompson on August 12th, 2006
Black Diamond is shilling their newest carabiner with the line: â€œTruly the lightest full-function wiregate biner in the world.â€
While the Oz biner weighs 28g and combines in a 63g quickdraw, calling it â€œfull-functionâ€ stretches things a little. First, what the hell is a part-function carabiner, one you just use for your keys? Itâ€™s also worth pointing out that the Oz biner is rated to 20kN while most biners are rated at 25kN.
In spite of the ambitious marketing, itâ€™s tough to argue with a one ounce biner. You could send most sport routes with only about 12 ounces on your harness, climb in your underwear and youâ€™ll save even more weight.