Magnetron Carabiner Independent Gear Review

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MisterE

Social climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 6, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Played with one today - It's stupid!

Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Jan 6, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
I think most of us who have never even seen one could have told you that.

BTW, you have long fingernails for a dude.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 7, 2013 - 12:02am PT
Soon to be released, the Integraton Carabiner, a non-metallic carabiner, all wood, take your climbing to the next level.

GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jan 7, 2013 - 12:02am PT
OK Dave, looks like SOMEONE'S never tried coke before.
MisterE

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 12:43am PT
BTW, you have long fingernails for a dude.

Thanks, I have a great manicurist. These climbing gear demo jobs are all about appearance, dontcha know. :)
MisterE

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 7, 2013 - 01:30am PT
OK, so I am totally on board with the magnet to reduce gate-flutter on the rope-clip side during falls, that seems worthy.
Jonnnyyyzzz

Trad climber
San Diego,CA
Jan 7, 2013 - 02:06am PT
I played with one in a shop the other day. What happens when you drop that piece of crap in the dirt and the magnets fill up the trick lock triggers with iron flakes like any other magnet that gets dropped in the dirt? How are you going to clean that out. What a piece of sh_t.
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Jan 7, 2013 - 02:32am PT

Piece of sh!t...

mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 7, 2013 - 03:37am PT
Magnetite is a common accessory mineral in granitic rocks, especially in earlier stage veins (~400-450C if memory serves)... so some of that magnetic sh#t ain'tchur common iron flakes.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 7, 2013 - 07:58am PT
I think they rock and will be common in the future.
ELM !

climber
Near Boston
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:18am PT
I am always really suspicious when a company makes a product and immediately touts it as a "breakthrough". I've played with one. I'm sure that the magnet will collect flakes and filings as time goes on and get stuck open when you really need it to shut. I also don't really like that you need to pinch it to open it; that's a rather fine motor skill. I can handle normal lockers with less dexterity and from all kinds of angles. Pinching will be nice and fun to try to do with your heart rate is up.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:45am PT
Lots of folks also poo pooed Chouinard when he drooped ice axe picks.
Lots of folks thought it was just a gimmic.
Lots of folks were clearly wrong.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 7, 2013 - 08:47am PT
I am strangely drawn to magnetic carabiners.
Is it because they are a good idea or could it just be an affect of the medical metal in my body?
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 7, 2013 - 09:56am PT
"I am strangely drawn to magnetic carabiners.
Is it because they are a good idea or could it just be an affect of the medical metal in my body? "
Ha! Funny stuff Phil !



Thanks E for the report for those us us too poor cough*lazy*cough to check them out yourself. I wasn't an early convert to wiregates but I did come around so I figure that there's plenty of time to fall in love with magnets. Or not.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:06am PT
I was touring Chouinard Equipment factory in the very early 80s and an engineer there was showing me an auto locking biner. I laughed to myself and thought "who the hell is ever going to buy that?"
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Jan 7, 2013 - 10:14am PT
Not to mention that mono-point crampons and leashless axes will never catch on.
My guess is that the issue is price not efficacy. I can remember when carabiners cost $2.50 for an oval and $3.25 for a locker. Back then I had to decide between gear and lunch. Same as it ever was.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:30am PT
To me it is like the auto lockers, play with an auto and a magnetron and see which action you prefer. If you are like me and can't come to terms with your monkey brain just embrace it and have a fun toy. It isn't a need, and I don't think anyone (even BD) makes bones about it being necessary equipment for rock climbing... just another cool gadget that is fun. For some people that is worth twenty something bucks.
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Seems to me this thing is trying to sove a problem that has already been solved quite well.

It doesn't seem to offer any advantage over auto-lock 'biners that use a spring, while introducing more complexity.

Electro-magnetism does not work better than simple mechanics in this situation.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:42am PT
i see dirt, grit, lichens and ice clogging those into something to be tossed from the cliff face in pure disgust.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jan 7, 2013 - 11:49am PT
I haven't had a chance to play with one, myself. I might get a pair just for grins. When I do, I'll make sure and go drop them in a bunch of dirt and report back.

I do recall that one of the guys at the shop said that they specifically can't be used in ice, so he has no use for them.
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