Steel Snaps

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Climbing gyms are notoriously tough on gear. With hundreds of climbers leading, TR’ing, and hang-dogging 24/7, it’s no wonder these physique-toning factories use steel carabiners, which, when compared to aluminum, last virtually forever and reduce wear and tear on the rope. FIXE Hardware introduced wiregate steel biners to the States in 1993, with many still safely in place at gyms today. Now there’s a new keylock steel biner, the FIXE STEEL KEYLOCK GYMBINER ($9.95, fixeusa.com), with an aluminium gate and smooth clipping action. Perfect for fixed routes or gym use. — Chris Van Leuven