madrock straight wire gate biners
Review by: dpf128, 2008-04-28
Zero stars. Overall, the worse biners I have owned. The look and especially the shape are excellent, with the exception of the lower radius: tight for wide slings. The gates have quality problems. I bought a batch of the straight wire gate models when they first came out. About half of them had excessive lateral play in the gates; a few of the gates were so bad that you could UNSPRING the gate to the side of the notch/nose so that it was OUTSIDE of the biner body! After a lot of work/phone calls on my part and about 3 months of waiting, Madrock replaced them. I talked to the owner of the company and he said that they DO NOT TEST THE GATES FOR LATERAL TOLERANCES. Of the old & replaced biners only 2 have gates firm enough to not be scary; the rest of the gates have a very tired/weak feel. The reason I am writing this review is I recently had one of these biners unclip from my rope (long runner on a cam, luckily backed-up by other pieces) as I fell. It is my opinion that other Madrock straight wire gate biners, if similar to the ones I purchased, are dangerous in comparison to other makes/models. Be careful!