Nite Ize SlideLock Carabiner
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- Slidelock Steel S-Biner #2 Ss
- Slidelock S-Biners
- #2 Biner Dimensions
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Made of high quality stainless steel, each S-Biner SlideLock features two simple, innovative plastic sliders that, when slid into correct placement, keep the gates securely closed. Your S-Biner SlideLock will stay firmly locked until you choose to unlock it, allowing for simple and secure linking, attaching, and carrying. Each gate can be independently locked for convenient access.
Top Customer Reviews
I bought this S-Biner and attached my keys (on rings) on one side, and my car FOB on the other. This is ideal. I fit all that, plus a doo-hic-key, a tiny flashlight, and a nylon strap (to find it quickly in the bowl of keys we have).
I would not have been satisfied with this product if it hadn't been a locking biner. I was worried that it wouldn't stay closed, but it does. Also, the locking mechanism is the opposite from what I expected. The lock is just a piece of plastic that wedges into the BOTTOM of the clip (where it rotates) so that it can't open. It doesn't try to hold it closed, rather it wedges the entire clip closed. That makes a big difference as it's both lightweight and reliable.
Also, I was worried about the size of the S-biner. I bought on Amazon, so I couldn't actually hold it first, so wasn't sure how much I could fit. You should buy the S-biner to fit your gear, not the other way around. I'm happy to report that it's exactly the right size for the keys and such that I wanted to add to it. There was even a bit of space left to add the nylon strap when I came across it.
Overall, for my purposes, this was the perfect solution. If you're doing something similar, do consider this product. I've not been let down by Nite Ize yet, and will continue to give them the first shot at my problems as long as they continue to deliver quality products like these.
The construction quality, compared to my previous cheap D-clips, is very good. The S-body feels strong; it doesn't feel like it will easily break (unlike the D-clips). The latch opens and closes smoothly and is well designed. The spring action is generated by the arm's insertion onto the body - there are no additional parts to fail/wear out.
The locking mechanism works by moving a plastic slider, attached to the arm, into a notch in the S-body near the hinge. Sliding this lock in and out of the notch produces a satisfying tactile click which informs that the lock has been engaged/disengaged. This design allows me to open the S-biner easily - using my thumb, I can unlock and open the gate in one smooth push. The converse, while not as easy as opening, is still manageable with one hand; I simply pinch the slider b/w my thumb and index finger and pull. It took some practice, however, and I initially needed 2 hands to lock it.
The black plastic slider moves easily and smoothly along the length of the arm. The piece, fortunately, doesn't move on its own - in other words, if I disengaged it from the notch and shook the device, the black plastic wouldn't move along the arm. When the slider is in the locked position, the lip further prevents it from opening unintentionally. While it isn't impossible for the locking mechanism to be disengaged accidentally, it seems very unlikely given the necessary force and the slim profile of the plastic slider. Furthermore, the black plastic slider isn't able to slide off the end of the arm - Nit Ize has designed a small lip on the inside of the plastic which prevents this.
In sum, this is a well designed mechanism - it is sturdy and secure. I feel confident that it will secure my keys throughout my day-to-day activities. I would recommend this product.
I don't like having a camera strap hanging from my camera when it's on a tripod--it's too easy to snag it, especially if I'm carrying the combo together. It's much better to remove the strap altogether. Enter the Nite Ize Sidelock S-Biner. The S-Biner allows me to remove and replace the strap in seconds and when the strap is on, the lock keeps it on; no chance of an accidental opening. (Believe me, if something can be done accidentally, I will eventually do it.)
I use other Nite Ize S-biners for a variety of purposes, and I love them. They're ruggedly made, good looking, and THEY WORK.