Metolius FS Mini carabiners

Metolius’ new mini carabiners look like keychain ornaments. But the UIAA-rated, full-strength ‘biners (22 kN rating) are made for rock climbing and alpine pursuits. They weigh only 25 grams apiece. Added up, a rack of mini biners can shed literal pounds from a climber’s rack.

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Metolius FS Mini (at left) compared to a Metolius Inferno

They are made for use alone or on a quickdraw. The biggest downside is the smaller gate opening, which makes it harder to clip. You may also not easily be able to clip in two ropes, negating the mini carabiners’ use at belay stations.

Full specs:
• Hot forged
• Weight: 0.82 oz. (25 grams)
• Strength: 22 kN / 7 kN / 8 kN (5175 lbf)
• Individually tested to 50% of rated strength
• CE/UIAA certified

Metolius sells the FS Mini carabiner by itself for $7.50 or a six-pack for $44. The company offers them with quickdraws for $17 apiece, or at $81 for five complete draws. www.metoliusclimbing.com

—Ryan Dionne

Posted by Roger - 09/02/2009 12:00 PM

Perhaps you should say they copied the Camp Nano 23 biner that has been in stores for a year or two. Only the Metolius is smaller for the same weight.

Posted by Nutzo - 09/02/2009 03:13 PM

They didn’t copy the Nano. This is basically a scaled-down version of the Metolius Inferno. The gate opening is slightly smaller than the Nano’s, it has a higher gate-closed strength, and I think Metolius is actually listing it as 25g now, 2g heavier than the Nano.

Posted by Ryan Dionne - 09/02/2009 04:11 PM

You’re right Nutzo. Metolius does list it as 25g now. It’s been changed in the story.

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