5/05/2015

Innovative Carabiners - Grivel, Kong, Stubai, Omega Pacific


Climbing Magazine recently published an online article listing a collection of carabiners that are constructed with innovative designs. Not only are these carabiners cool to look at and fiddle with, they each provide their own unique benefits to make climbing safer, easier, or quicker.

Included in that article are carabiners from Grivel, Stubai, Kong, and Omega Pacific:

Grivel Plume Twin Gate
The Grivel Plume Twin Gate offers the revolutionary twin gate design (two opposing wire-gates), making it a small and light D-shape locking carabiner. Ideal for clipping protection or into anchors.

  • Weight: 39 grams/1.4 oz
  • Strength: 25kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified
Grivel Sigma Twin Gate
The Grivel Sigma Twin Gate offers the revolutionary twin gate design (opposing wire and solid-gates), making it a strong and fast-action D-shape locking carabiner. Ideal for clipping protection or into anchors.

  • Weight: 57 grams/2 oz
  • Strength: 30kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified
Grivel Mega HMS Twin Gate
The Grivel Mega HMS Twin Gate offers the revolutionary twin gate design (two opposing solid-gates), making it a strong and fast-action pear-shaped locking HMS carabiner. Ideal for belays, rappels, or as master-points on anchors.

  • Weight: 84 grams/2.96 oz
  • Strength: 29kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified

Stubai HMS 3D
Ideal for big wallers and multi-pitch trad climbing, the Stubai HMS 3D's unique shape allows the gate to swing out of the way for maximum gate clearance.

  • Weight: 95 grams
  • Strength: 22kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified
Kong Ergo Wire Lock
The Kong Ergo Wire Lock features a self-lubricating marine bronze lever that takes all the wear and tear from ropes and cables while also acting as a locking mechanism to prevent it from accidentally unclipping.

  • Weight: 70 grams
  • Strength: 30kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified

Kong Frog
The Kong Frog is a unique system for clipping bolts. Push the Frog onto the bolt and it snaps closed for a secure attachment. Helpful tool for stick clipping.

  • Weight: 74 grams
  • Strength: 22kN
  • CE, EN12275, EN362/A/T, and UIAA Certified
Omega Pacific Jake HMS
The superior design of the Omega Pacific Jake HMS always centers your belay/rappel device so that in double rope rappels, neither rope is pinched against the spine. The Jake is equipped with a truly unique side-swing gate which provides greater gate clearance and ease of use.

  • Weight: 99 grams (SG), 105 grams (TL), 108 grams (3AL)
  • Strength: 23kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified
Omega Pacific Lava Infinity
Built for multipurpose use as a daily workhorse, the Omega Pacific Lava Infinity features the Infinity Wiregate that is "pinched" in the middle so that it's less likely to get hung up on other biners or open accidentally when it's dragged across a rock face.

  • Weight: 34 grams
  • Strength: 23kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified



Here are some other carabiners from these brands that didn't make the list but fit the bill as being innovative and unique:

Grivel Lambda HMS Twin Gate
The Grivel Lambda HMS Twin Gate offers the revolutionary twin gate design (opposing wire and solid-gates), making it a lighter, stronger, safer, and faster large-frame pear-shaped carabiner. Ideal for belays, rappels, or as master-points on anchors

  • Weight: 69 grams/2.4 oz
  • Strength: 30kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified
Kong Panic
The Kong Panic features a unique system which keeps the carabiner gate open until it comes in contact with a bolt or rope. At this point the mechanism releases the gate and it closes automatically. The mechanism also prevents accidental opening of the gate when it is loaded. The Panic also comes with 30cm long sling that has an internal flexible bar that allows for a semi-rigid and customizable performance.

  • Weight: 105 grams

Omega Pacific Vulcan Infinity
The hot-forged Omega Pacific Vulcan Infinity features a full-sized rope-bearing surface and a unique shape that emphasizes easy clipping, minimizes rope drag, and reduces the chances of it rotating within a Dyneema sling. The Infinity Wiregate is "pinched" in the middle so that it's less likely to get hung up on other biners or open accidentally when it's dragged across a rock face.

  • Weight: 31 grams
  • Strength: 26 kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified


Omega Pacific Tephra Trapwire
The Omega Pacific Tephra Trapwire is designed to be a safer, stronger, and noticeably lighter belay-biner. The Trapwire "keeper" at the bottom of the carabiner acts dually as the internal spring inside the gate and the keeper-wire that maintains proper orientation while belaying. This translates into a lighter product with fewer parts, improved reliability, and a stronger hinge.

  • Weight: 61 grams
  • Strength: 27 kN
  • CE and UIAA Certified



Head on over to your favorite climbing shop and get yourself one of these amazingly unique carabiners. If they don't carry any of them, have them contact Liberty Mountain to order them in.

Grivel, Kong, Stubai, and Omega Pacific are some of the many brands distributed in the U.S. by Liberty Mountain. Visit LibertyMountain.com or contact the Liberty Mountain Sales Team to carry these brand in your store today.
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