Wild Country Helium
The Helium Clean Wire is the first carabiner to use the I-beam construction that makes steel girders strong yet light. This application gives the Helium the best strength-to-weight ratio of any carabiner. At a scant 1.2 ounces, it’s the lightest full-size biner ever made. With strengths of 24 kN major axis, 9 kN minor axis and 10 kN with its gate open, it is one of the strongest biners on the market.
Available either anodized ($11.50) or polished ($10.95), the Helium is hot forged. This process allows the carabiner’s nose to form a protruding hood, which helps keep the wire gate from scraping against the rock and accidentally opening. The disadvantage is that this bulky nose is also more difficult to wiggle through tight spots, such as wads of jammed-up slings or old-style bolt hangers and pins. For you safety freaks, the Helium is CE and UIAA certified, strength rated using 3 Sigma, and manufactured to ISO 9001 protocol.