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Hotwire Carabiner


Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Hotwire Carabiner

Manufacturer: Black Diamond

Your Opinion: 
 - 10 Votes


Page By: GuitarWIzard

Created/Edited: Jun 11, 2002 / Jun 11, 2002

Object ID: 356

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One of the lightest, most versatile biners ever created, the Hotwire's simplified design saves weight without compromising strength
  • Stainless steel wire operates as both gate and spring, replacing conventional 5-piece gates
  • Simple design is actually stronger than gated biners in cross-loading or edge-loading situations--steel wire bends and stretches instead of breaking
  • Slender wire gate occupies less working space, leaving more room for fingers and rope
  • Cold-forged from 7075-T6 aluminum alloy for exceptional strength-to-weight ratio
  • Made in USA.
  • Skyward Mountaineering (2002): Ice Climbing Equipment List - Top Pick (3 stars out of 3)
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GuitarWIzardUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Wasn't sure whether or not to list this under rock or ice, so I decided on rock. Anyway.....a very lightweight 'biner that performs quite well, even with gloves on due to it's size. In comparing weight to 6 of these versus 6 Omega 'biners that have solid gates, the weight savings is actually quite noticable with that small number of 'biners. However, I believe the BD Neutrino 'biners are quite a bit lighter than these.....so if weight savings is your primary goal, you may wish to look to those. But, these are relatively inexpensive (unless you buy 20 at once or something), never had a problem with a wire gate 'biner freezing up, and are very easy to manipulate (clipping rope in, handling, etc.) with gloves on. A great way to shave some weight from your rack...
Posted Jun 11, 2002 11:56 am

bigwallyUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Great 'biners. Good price. Good features; smooth action, good clearance, never a problem with the rope hanging in the gate. Only better 'biners are Neutrinos, and that is only because they are 20 % lighter....and I'm getting older.
Posted Mar 12, 2003 9:32 pm

Steve LarsonDecent biner, but heavy compared to others

Voted 4/5

I've got 10 or 20 of these puppies. Got 'em for about $5 each mail order. I wouldn't pay full price for them because the Trango Superfly costs just a bit less and is 2/3 the weight. Otherwise a solid biner. I wish BD would make one with a gate that wouldn't catch for about the same price.
Posted Feb 8, 2005 11:57 am


Hasn't voted

go with neutrinos. lighter and less bulky. who cares about losing a couple of mm of gate opening.
Posted Jan 28, 2007 9:44 pm

IceRavinesHot Wire

Voted 5/5

I tried various biner's for ice climbing and found that the Hot Wire was 1 of the few that was able to still close underice and snow conditions. I also noted that the wire gate opened a little more than some of the others which was great with gloves on to install ice prtection ! I bought 50 because of that ability. Im sure there may be others, but BD Hot Wire proved it's ability to me and I was pleased with the tool.
Posted Mar 14, 2007 2:03 am

Tsuyoshiused to buy these...

Voted 3/5

now i get mammut moses or black diamond oz, whichever i can find on sale
Posted Feb 23, 2009 4:15 am

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