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.

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.

—Ryan Dionne

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.