I have the specs of a pretty interesting carabiner. It's made from titanium, it's lightweight and strong. These seem to be great attributes, but there are two caveats.
- It is pretty expensive ($50). Maybe that's typical of weight bearing carabiners; I can understand that people do not want to cheap out on a vital piece of gear like that.
- It does not explicitly say it is "weight bearing". It's made by some Japanese or Korean company, and they don't have US customer service.
The smart thing to do here is to not use it as a weight bearing carabiner; better safe than sorry. Nonetheless, I will still share the specs with the community here with the hopes of mapping out its ideal use case.
- Material: Titanium (Grade 5)
- Length: 2.24 in
- Width: 1.5 in
- Thickness: .24 in
- Weight: 1.02 oz
- Hardness: Nitriding heat-treatment
This titanium carabiner really does seem to be built impeccably well, but I'm not sure why its product description omitted whether or not it's "weight bearing." Judging from the specs, should we simply infer that it is weight bearing? If not used for weight-bearing, what is the ideal use case for such a quality production carabiner? Is it simply vanity?