What's that?! It's a new Petzl Ange carabiner. Designed to offer the best of both worlds, it has a hybrid gate - combining the benefits of a wire gate with the benefits of a solid one.
Wire gate carabiners are usually lighter than solid gate ones, don't suffer the same gate freeze problems in winter, often have a wider gate opening, and some people just simply prefer the gate action. However solid gate carabiners can easily have double the life of a wire gate as they have an 'internal gate rebound spring' - wire gates can lose springiness over time as they typically have a simpler spring system.
Ange carabiners open and close smoothly with Petzl's MonoFil Keylock system, which uses a spring mechanism similar to that found in solid gate carabiners. This mechanism apparently lasts twice as long as that found on standard wire gate carabiners.
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