Review by: jstp, 2004-06-10
Among the ovals i have used (OP, metolius, petzl, BD both regular and wiregate, SMC, and tons of generic which i believe are either SMC or OP manufacture) this is my least favorite. They have a high strength rating and a hard to beat price, but that is about it. They are not very good for aid due to their complex, snag prone, shape. The shape helps to give this 'biner its strength, but in generall the shaping seems to cause clutter. I have retired them to slackline use, but even there they are poor because of their shape. i find the SMC, BD or other ovals made of flattened round aluminum stock far superior for simple reductions that utilize just webbing and 'biners.
Pros: economical, strong.
Cons: snag prone shape, poor oval (comparatively) for aid or simple slackline setups.