The SMC oval was one of the first aluminum carabiners manufactured in the US in the 1960s. It is a classic traditional carabiner, a functional design that has stood the test of time. A major benefit of using a ''true'' oval carabiner is that it is very difficult to load incorrectly and the forces are equalized between the pulley and other equipment, ropes and anchors. Balancing the load equally on the spine and the gate allows the carabiner to maintain full strength under a variety of conditions. The frame is slightly asymmetrical (flattened) for increased strength. Ovals are most often used in critical climbing or rescue applications where a stuck gate must be avoided, and then are always used as pairs, rigged opposite/opposed.
All critical dimensions are held to close tolerances and detailed inspection procedures are carried out during all production operations. Sharp edges resulting from machining operations have been heavily radiused to help protect rope and webbing from abrasion. Always 100% hand-inspected, it is this careful attention to detail and precision craftsmanship insure that these to be among the finest aluminum carabiners you can buy.
Available in either Bright or Black for tactical use.
- Weight: 2.2oz (63g)
- Dimensions: 4.26'' x 2.21'' x 0.71''
- Strength: 5,086 lbf - 22.6kN (3 Sigma)