Get Connected : a quick review of common Carabiners

Carabiners come in many forms, from different shapes, different locks to types of materials. Below we have a quick list of strengths, weights and uses.

 

 

The AustriAlpin Powerfly.

Stainless Steel, Automatic Push Pin Operation by way of a small button at the hinge point of the gate.

Load Tested to 26kN (approx 2600kg) Each are tested to 1700kg

Weight 138 grams

Used for Paramotoring, Tandem Paragliders, Acro

Typically £20 each

 

 

 

 

 

Sup’Air Stainless Steel 45mm Twist-Lock

45mm Stainless Steel. 64mm long. Twist Lock Gate released by a half turn and push down.

Breaking strain > 2500 daN (25 kN = approx 2500 kg)

Weight 130 grams

Tandem and Acro Flying

Typically £20 each

 

 

 

Sup’Air Alloy 40mm Twist-Lock

40mm Zicral Alloy. 64mm high. 12mm diameter.

Twist Lock Gate released by two operations. slide sleeve down, then a 1/4 turn.

Breaking strain > 2000 daN (2000 kg) Individually tested to 1000 daN

Weight 72 grams. Designed for paragliding. Typically £16 each

 

 

 

 

 

Sup’Air Alloy 30mm Twist-Lock

30mm Zicral Alloy. 64mm high. 12mm diameter.

Twist Lock Gate released by two operations. slide sleeve down and then a 1/4 turn.

Breaking strain > 1800 daN (18 kN = approx 1800 kg) Individually tested to 1000 daN

Weight 68 grams. Designed for light weight harnesses

Typically £16 each

 

 

 

Charly Snaplock Paagliding Karabiner

25mm Drop forged from Titanal. Just Twist Lock Gate (no push down)

Breaking strain gate closed 3000 daN (3000 kg).. gate open 2000 daN.

Weight 76 grams. Designed for Mono or Tandem use

Replacement interval. 5 years for mono, 2 years for tandem.

Typically £18 each

 

 

 

 

 

Charly Pin Lock

Drop forged from titanal.

Self securing quickpins. Release by pressing button and pulling pin in opposite direction.

Breaking strain > 2500 daN (25 kN = approx 2500 kg) Individually tested to 1000 daN

Weight 80 grams. Designed for Paragliding

Typically £30 each

 

 

 

 

Charly Quick-Outs

7075 T6 Aluminium

Double button locking with additional sliding safety mechanism.

Breaking strain 40kN (4000kg) Individually tested to 20kN

Weight 200 grams.

Quick out can be used for emergency release of wing in strong winds or reserve rescue.

Typically £100 a pair

 

 

 

Sup’Air Connect

Woven Dyneema braid with a sewn Cordura sheath. Looped Locking strap.

Breaking Strain 25kN+ (2500kg)

Weight 12 grams

Designed light for mountain gliders.

(not for tandem or connecting reserve)

Typically £18 a pair.

 

 

 

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