Wild Country Titan 2 and Oxygen Keylock Karabiner and Quickdraw
added Sep/2008, see all Wild Country news & reviews
reviewed by Lou Neill
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Lou testing the Oxygen and Titan quick-draws from Wild Country
© Lou Neill, Sep 2008
The following two karabiners are traditional solid-gate offerings from Wild Country. Most manufacturers now make a full range of 'biners, from the smallest, lightest wire-gates you can imagine - through to heavier, more chunky solid gates. All are strong enough to hold a fall, so why do we need to have such a range?

Richie Patterson, top climber and Wild Country's marketing consultant tells us, from a company's point of view, why Wild Country make such a large range of 'biners:

Basically, there's a range of 'biners for a few basic reasons:

Some 'biners have more specific duties/applications and are more suitable for different types of climbing and therefore it is important to offer a range of 'biners to appeal to people doing all types of climbing.
Obviously sometimes the more minute differences will only be noticed by specialists rather than the average climber, but this is still a valid reason to produce different 'biners, to make 'the best' in each category.

Here are some examples drawn from your query:

Chunky solid gates with good bent gates are great for sport redpoints as they will clip quickly and be more stable when hanging from a route. Also chunky solid gates are great for beginners as they are a very good 'safety first' 'biner as solid gates unclip a lot less easily that wire gates.
The smallest, lightest wire-gates however are perfect for onsighting on trad routes where the most gear needs to be carried, so the lighter the gear, the better.
With screwgates for example an 'old-fashioned' round-bar means that a Munter hitch can still be used if the belay device is dropped and a larger open shape is better for getter fatter ropes in for belaying. Yet there will still be a big demand for our new 'Neon' - a smaller screwgate but the lightest ever made, great for running belays and slings on routes.

2. Production costs can be different for different types of 'biner, making a necessity to offer a range of prices to the public. Not all 'biners can be a top of the range £8.50 'Helium' with an immensely complicated production process as not everyone wants or needs this 'biner - outdoor centres for example.

3. Production skills increase and therefore each year more weight can be shed / more complicated designs made and therefore as these designs are released the ranges of 'biners get more crowded.

4. People want a choice and the market also dictates a certain amount of change to be good for sales - even if one type of 'biner is very similar to the next maybe a change of colour or new shape can make a big difference.


Review by Lou Neil:

Titan 2 Keylock Karabiner and Quickdraw:

Wildcountry describe this karabiner as “big, deep and handsome,” and I think it probably is the George Clooney of karabiners. It comes in a shade of “gunmetal black,” and just oozes masculinity. It's supposed to be the “best 'biner for big paws,” but as I don't have big paws I couldn't really put this to the test. However, I gave the quickdraws to my husband, who does, and he confirmed that they are indeed very easy to handle, even for the manually challenged.

Being “big, deep, and handsome,” you wouldn't really want to carry them very far, but on sport routes their solid presence is reassuring and you really don't mind leaping off into space, sure in the knowledge that they are going to catch you.

In addition, they make excellent “alternative handholds” when the holds on the rock just aren't big enough to clip off – you can really sink your fingers into these babies!

The Titan 2 quickdraws come in three sizes 10cm, 15cm & 20cm using Wild Country's 12mm Dyneema Express slings.


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Titan QD
© Lou Neill, Sep 2008
The Stats:

PRODUCT WEIGHT
Gms / Oz
GATE CLOSED
STRENGTH kN
GATE OPEN
STRENGTH kN
CROSS GATE
STRENGTH kN
GATE
CLEARANCE MM
COLOUR
Titan
Bentgate
48 / 1.69 23 7 7 25 Gunmetal
Titan
Straight Gate
48 / 1.69 23 7 7 19 Gunmetal
Titan
10cm QD
105 / 3.7 23 7 7 19 / 25 Gunmetal
Titan
10cm QD
107 / 3.77 23 7 7 19 / 25 Gunmetal
Titan
10cm QD
109 / 3.84 23 7 7 19 / 25 Gunmetal

Price:

Single Karabiner - £6.49

Quickdraw - £13.00 (15cm)



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Tim Neil with a range of Wild Country QD's at Gogarth
© Lou Neill, Sep 2008
Oxygen Keylock Karabiner and Quickdraw:

If the Titan 2 is the George Clooney of Karabiners, then the Oxygen Keylock is probably the Cate Blanchett – slightly smaller and more curvaceous, but reassuringly solid and dependable. (Incidentally they come in a shade of kingfisher blue that is a perfect match for the Red Chilli Spirit Lady climbing shoe - See UKC Review.)

Again they are not the lightest karabiner on the market, but if wiregates give you the willies, and you don't mind a bit of extra weight, then they are a great alternative.

Like the Titan 2, they have a new “keylock nose,” and an open shape, making for easy, clean clipping and unclipping, which helps when at full stretch or in a hurry!

The quickdraws come with a sturdy 12 mm dyneema sling, and the “tadpole rubbering” ensures that the karabiners stay orientated. These are great quickdraws for sport climbing, when you don't want to be taking lots of wangers onto wiregates, and are a good general quickdraw for trad climbing, too, that won't break the bank.


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Oxygen QD
© Lou Neill, Sep 2008
The Stats:

PRODUCT WEIGHT
Gms / Oz
GATE CLOSED
STRENGTH kN
GATE OPEN
STRENGTH kN
CROSS GATE
STRENGTH kN
GATE
CLEARANCE
COLOUR
Oxygen Straight
Gate
50 / 1.76 26 9 8 23 Blue / Silver Gate
Oxygen Bent
Gate
50 / 1.76 26 9 8 25 Blue / Silver Gate
Oxygen 10cm
QD 12mm Dyn
107 / 3.77 26 9 8 23 / 25 Blue / Silver Gate
Oxygen 15cm
QD 12mm Dyn
109 / 3.84 26 9 8 23 / 25 Blue / Silver Gate
Oxygen 20cm
QD 12mm Dyn
111 / 3.91 26 9 8 23 / 25 Blue / Silver Gate

Price:

Single Karabiner - £6.95

Quickdraw - £14.50 (10cm)

Round-Up:

Well made, beefy karabiners. Ideal for sport climbing and extended use. Not as light as the super tiny wire-gates on the market, but very strong. The clean nose means clipping is straightforward. A good honest pair of karabiners from Wild Country.

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