BLACK DIAMOND Oz Carabiner

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BLACK DIAMOND Oz Carabiner
 
4.5

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4.0

Oz vs. Standard Hoodwire

By CragFunk

from SF Bay Area

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Almost Full Size
  • Snag-free Nose

Cons

  • No Bent Gate Option
  • Wire Gate Kinda Stiff

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    Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Oz Carabiner:

    Very similar to the standard Hoodwire carabiners but lighter and just a little smaller.
    The main difference is that they are thinner, meaning a drop from 24/8/8 kN to 20/7/7 kN. Still, if you're using these with cams (SLCD), keep in mind that standard size cams max at 14 kN, and most cams are 10 kN or less.
    Note that the biners curve very thin along the top between the gate and the spine, so I wouldn't use these for a garda hitch.

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    5.0

    Nice and Light.

    By Brian C

    from Hamilton, NJ

    About Me Avid Climber

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Racks well
    • Reduced Hook-nosing

    Cons

    • Low Minor Axis Strength
    • Low Open Strength

    Best Uses

    • Trad

    Comments about BLACK DIAMOND Oz Carabiner:

    I use these for racking my cams (color coded rack pack of these) and for my alpine draws. They rack very well, having a very slim profile. They clip fine (not too small like BD Neutrinos/CAMP Nanos) and you get some weight savings vs the Hoodwire.

    As others have said, the listed weight is actually much lighter than it really is. You only save a couple grams vs Hoodwires. If you already have Hoodwires, don't bother "upgrading" as the weight savings is minimal.

    If you have solid (keylock) gates, I'd say upgrade to reduce the amount of gate flutter and weight. If you have wiregates or solid, nonkeylocked gates, I'd say upgrade. The hoodwires, like WC Heliums, reduce the chance of nose-hooking. BD QC lab results show that nose-hooked (either by hanger or sling) carabiners fail at around 10% of their full rating.

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