I got rid of the last plain-gate krabs from my rack maybe four or five years ago in favour of all wire-gates, so going back to the plain-gate Shadows has been interesting. For the climber who does a bit of everything – from summer cragging, to Scottish winter or alpine ice – I still think that wire-gate krabs offer the greatest versatility. But some people are just rock climbers or, indeed, just sport climbers, and don't need that flexibility from their gear – they just want it to do one job and do it well, to clip. The Shadows fulfil that requirement with aplomb. By the standards of a decade ago they are very light at 43 grammes, but using I-beam forging they are also ridiculously burly with a gate open strength of 10 kn; as strong as any other biner in its class and stronger than most. This should be reassuring for nutters who miss clips in an all-out effort to send or do hard moves miles above their gear on trad routes.
From Simon Marsh at DMM:
"We will be giving retailers the option of supplying the Shadows on a tapered nylon QD in the future (September onwards). This has a 14mm neck and a 20mm body; thus it sits nicely on the biner, but is wide enough to grab easily when in dogging mode. It will still have the rubber retainer so that the rope biner stays orientated correctly/can be angled to make the clip easier."
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