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Locking Karabiners

Screwgate karabiners or locking 'biners come in many guises - D shape, HMS, lightweight, autolock, keylock - but all are used where extra safety is considered necessary, whether for the belay or for belaying.

The HMS (which is an abbreviation for Halbmastwurfsicherung) 'biner is considered necessary for use with belay devices and can be used with the Italian or Munter hitch should you lose your belay device. As many of the HMS 'biners are quite large, they can turn on the belay loop of the harness. Unless you are using a specific belay 'biner such as the DMM Belay Master you should always check that the 'biner is not sideways across the harnesses belay loop.

Please be aware the smaller D shaped locking 'biners do not work so well with certain belay devices as they are too narrow.

When trad climbing you should… 

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Screwgate karabiners or locking 'biners come in many guises - D shape, HMS, lightweight, autolock, keylock - but all are used where extra safety is considered necessary, whether for the belay or for belaying.

The HMS (which is an abbreviation for Halbmastwurfsicherung) 'biner is considered necessary for use with belay devices and can be used with the Italian or Munter hitch should you lose your belay device. As many of the HMS 'biners are quite large, they can turn on the belay loop of the harness. Unless you are using a specific belay 'biner such as the DMM Belay Master you should always check that the 'biner is not sideways across the harnesses belay loop.

Please be aware the smaller D shaped locking 'biners do not work so well with certain belay devices as they are too narrow.

When trad climbing you should always carry your belay 'biner and at least 3 of the lighterweight screwgate 'biners, either on slings or on the harness. You can never have too many screwgates on a belay!


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DMM Belay Master 2 Screwgate Karabiner

£15.00

Such a simple yet genius item.

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DMM Sentinel HMS Screwgate Karabiner

£12.00

A fantastic lightweight HMS locking karabiner.

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DMM Shadow Keylock Screwgate Karabiner

£12.00

A superb lightweight D shaped locking karabiner.

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Wild Country Ion Screwgate

£9.90

A great, lightweight, D shaped 'biner.

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Wild Country Synergy Autolock Karabiner

£11.90

A great all-round HMS Karabiner with Autolock.

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Wild Country Synergy Keylock Locking Karabiner

£9.90

A great HMS 'biner from wild Country.

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Wild Country Titan Keylock Screwgate Karabiner

£9.00

An introductory level screwgate from Wild Country.

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