Review by: jstp, 2004-11-28
I dissent, this 'biner is not all its cracked up to be. They are 6 grams heavier than a Trango Superfly, and comprible to a Neutrino. They are also now on the pricey side of the lightweight 'biner spectrum. The ProWire is signigicantly larger than a Neutrino, but not much bigger than a Superfly, and the shape is all off, not a graceful 'biner at all. As such its clipability and how it racks and sits on a hanger is not good. For anything but racking a single cam or nut they stink due to the very deep and abrupt angles in rope bearing ends. This deep grove also makes them hard to use with anything but the narowest spectra slings, and forget nylon. Also the gate nose shroud, intended to prevent the gate from opening when the 'biner is dragged by the rope along the rock, is too small to be effective and is essentially useless.
On the bright side they are anodized for durabilty, but the rainbow colored versions i have yet to see anywhere, including some of the biggest mountainering shops in the country. I also own the full range of DMM cams (which these 'biners were colored to match) and even if i could find the colored ones, i would stick to the other availible lightweight 'biners.
Cons: awkward shape, only works with very narow slings, ineffective gate shrouding, pricey, heavy in the new 'super-duper-light' category