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Not a fan 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: Urban_Cowboy, 2011-12-27

The Petzl Ball Lock carabiners are good in theory, not in practice. I work in the vertical realm, and have used many different auto locking carabiners. These are one of the most difficult to open with gloves on...the "ball" is tough to find even with them in optimum position.

The Petzl Am'D Triact Carabiners get a bad rap, but with a little practice they can be operated easily with one hand no matter which hand or orientation the carabiner is in.

All around best triple action locker 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: retro67, 2010-04-11

My work envrionment requires "triple action" lockers. That is, 3 separate motions to open. Of all the designs this is the easiest to operate with one hand, even with gloves on. Downsides: 1. Yes, grit can clog them up, but it does the same to any double or triple action I've used. Simple inspection and maintenance is required on any spring loaded device. 2. The gate locking mechanism is plastic and will not tolerate abuse or heavy industrial applications. I have found this carabiner to be very appropriate for sport and rec applications such as rock climbing and rope course work.

Great autolocker 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: dynosore, 2007-01-17

How much chalk are people using!?! I've had this three years and a lot of climbing and it's never hung up on me. I'm a southpaw and the unlocking mechanism works very easily, one handed.

yuck... 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: shrug7, 2006-11-14

Jam all the time with just the smallest amount of chalk on your hands. Also were recalled not to long ago. Check-em if you are using them.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: niftydog, 2005-02-22

I use these primarily in industrial height safety, so gumming up the works with chalk isn't a problem for me! I have no trouble whatsoever opening them one handed, provided you have them oriented properly on your gear. Lets face it, they can't make the ball too easy to press or it defeats the whole purpose of the autolock!

I find they are fantastic for lanyards and hauling systems. I get that feeling of satisfaction when I hear the click of one of these around a safety line!

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