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Petzl Am D

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Weight78 g
Gate Opening (mm)21
Major Axis (kN)28

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Petzl Am D
4.2 out of 5 based on 24 user reviews.

Cred: 12137
Review by Troy on Nov. 09, 2007
Plenty big, the autolocking biner is easy to open one handed once you get used to it, and the other version with the yellow gate is great at not freezing up when ice climbing.
I've got mixed feelings about my autolock Am D. One time when switching from ascending to descending gear, on rope, I accidentally cross loaded the gate with my descender (a rack), and I broke the plastic gate... which caused me to fall. I normally took it while doing ropework because I can open and close it so easily. Now I don't use it anytime a rap is possible.

Since my accident they've changed from a plastic to a metal gate, which makes me feel better. I still wouldn't recomend cross loading it, but its prolly stronger. I still have several of the older biners that I still use, so I still trust them... I just can't help but think if that had been a normal biner I wouldn't have fallen.

In conclusion, this is a great biner, but don't be stupid like me and crossload it.

Cred: 1321
Review by MikePB on Feb. 27, 2011
The screw gate version has the red/dead making and is very smooth. I use it for my grigri attachment. The triactlock version (orange)are great for anchors. You don't have to worry about them coming undone. I use them for climbing with novice people, so I don't have to worry about checking to make sure they lock the gates.
The green ball autolocker is terrible. It is hard to work and they should just stop making it. I would give the green ball version a 1 star.
Buy the screwgate or the triact lock versions.

Cred: 40569
Review by marks on Nov. 09, 2007
The screwgate is excellent. Very smooth and easy to use locker.
The autolocking with the green ball is just annoying. Sure you can't unlock it by mistake but unlocking it period is a pain (especially if you only have one hand available).

Cred: 190
Review by tande140 on Jan. 07, 2008
With the Ball Lock, there are NOT any good features
This is the most worthless carabiner I have ever been cursed with. A friend gave me a bunch, and I leave them on rappels. The Ball Lock gets dirty and doesnt work. DO NOT BUY THE BALL LOCK!
any other carabiner on the market

Cred: 233
Review by duncanlennon on Nov. 29, 2008
The screwgate is ok.
The orange gate autolock is difficult to use and somewhat dangerous. After a lot of use, it can get gunked up and fail to close properly. I have taken someone off belay only to find that the gate was never actually locked!
Positron locker. Lighter, cheaper, actually locks.

Cred: 278
Review by mstokely on Jul. 17, 2009
Great multi-use carabiner, once again I really only use the Triact-Lock for security of knowing it automatically closes and locks each time. D-shaped design makes sure that the loads are correctly positioned on the strongest axis of the device.

Cred: 158
Review by Subtracterall on May. 14, 2011
-The triact has functioned flawlessly so far
-Seems pretty bomber
-Nubs don't know how to actuate the triact gate...
-Relatively expensive (but worth the money IMO)
just get the triact or screwgate. ball lock is iffy.

Cred: 195
Review by nerfherder88 on Aug. 31, 2011
Bomber, Fits in GriGri 2 Well. I have used this as my main belay biner for over 4 years on a ATC, GriGri, GriGri 2, and a Cinch. Fantastic
The Screw Gate can get a little stuck in the full open / full closed position
Grivel Gamma

Cred: 2643
Review by ndonaldj on Apr. 09, 2012
Strong, slick to use when they are new.
Ball lock biners turn into nightmares when they get sand/mud/gunk into the locking mechanism. They stick open or close, they are hard to work. Just a pain in the butt. This is also a very heavy biner.

Cred: 4460
Review by jonnymtman on Mar. 10, 2009
Am D Ball-lock
Works smooth with belay devices, no hook on nose, locks when releaced
Can't use with gloves

Cred: 668
Review by pengshi on Jul. 24, 2011
-Nothing special about it, gets the job done.
-Nothing wrong with it, either. Like I said, gets the job done.

Cred: 345
Review by MLSyring on Sep. 06, 2011
Super Smooth action for one handed opening!
Not a fan of the lack of a easily identifiable NOT LOCKED visual (like red strip on screwgates)
Petzl Freino

Cred: 3
Review by brandon on Aug. 10, 2011
Great shape and very safe for those much needed bomb proof holds because it wont come undone by itself.
It is very hard to open when your ice climbing/mountaineering and have your gloves on over your frozen hands.

Cred: 350
Review by Dusty on May. 13, 2008
Strong, lightweight
Gate doesn't open very wide due to wide gate

Cred: 497
Review by fb_17114825 on May. 20, 2008
smooth screw gate, always done great

Cred: 316
Review by diebetes on Oct. 07, 2008
Just make sure you double check the gate.

Cred: 147
Review by fb_829070088 on Feb. 06, 2008
I have all three and I like them all alot

Cred: 102
Review by Delta V on Sep. 25, 2008
Good all around biner

Cred: 36
Review by fb_737207491 on May. 30, 2008
Good Handling
One handed use needs some practice

Cred: 17
Review by litld01 on May. 07, 2011
love the auto lock green button

Cred: 2
Review by jharrwyo on Apr. 25, 2014
Theyre an auto lock thats it
They tend to lock up opened in my experiences. They are terrible with ice. Not a fan
Black Diamond roclocks(Recommended Alternatives)

Cred: 21
Review by fb_697101747 on Apr. 12, 2008
Key lock

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Review by fb_866120310 on Apr. 04, 2008

Cred: 28
Review by heylookitsjames on Feb. 16, 2011
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