Review by: shockabuku, 2006-10-10
I bought five of the anodized version to use on the rope end of some "trad draws". Note: I had some difficulty finding the anodized version (titanium/dark grey). I find they clip very easily, unlike some of the reviews I read about their predecessor -the Wirelock, with fairly strong gate tension. The biner seems solidly made though maybe a hair on the small side. I've seen no inclination to rotate into a crossloading situation. The sling end of the biner is very narrow, so I've decided to hang them on the newer 6 or 8 mm dyneema slings which seems to work well. One minor oddity, the "barrel" that is twisted into the end of the wire to form the "key" for locking into the nose of the biner tends to rattle a little. It's not been annoying, at least not yet, but it is a little strange. My only real gripe is that DMM advertises them with a 9 kN crossload strength, even on the card that comes with them, but the biner itself is stamped with 7 kN as the crossload strength. They are relatively expensive compared to a standard wiregate, but seem to be a little cheaper than the WC Helium, the only other biner I know of with similar characteristics. Can't comment on the durability yet, but I suspect they'll hold up pretty well. All in all, they seem to be a well designed and made piece of equipment.