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Comments about Black Diamond Magnetron GridLock Belay Locking Carabiner:
I'm actually a bit surprised I own this carabiner. First, I'm not usually an early adopter. Second, if something is a bit too clever, I'm usually turned right off. It happened that I wanted a Gridlock, and the Magnetron line had just come out.
The Gridlock format is great; it keeps the carabiner in a known orientation on your belay loop, and you can be certain it's not cross-loaded. It takes a bit of fiddling to get it on and off, but you can do it in one motion with some practice. It's worth it.
The Magnetron part is nice, too. The independent magnetic catches engage smoothly and positively, and Black Diamond are accurate in their claim that the magnets experience their greatest force (i.e., are hardest to open) in the gate-closed position. One thing I had to get away from was the idea that the gate had to support a significant compression (opening) force; the point of a locking biner is not to open inappropriately. I do not see this carabiner coming open by accident under normal circumstances.
My one complaint would be around finish. There are some sharp-ish edges, all on the gate. The retainer section of the gate that sits on your belay loop has sharp edges near the pivot point. As well, the edges around the release buttons could do with some smoothing.
Overall: this is a great piece of kit! Thanks, BD!
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