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12 Best Carabiners for EDC in 2020

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12 Best Carabiners for EDC in 2020

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Today’s new carabiners have come a long way since their original use as part of a climber’s tool kit, transformed into nifty tools that help round out and make your EDC kit work. Spring-loaded mechanisms make it easy to latch them onto your clothing or bags, turning them into useful linking devices that make your different everyday essentials more accessible and easier to carry. Whether it’s an effective way to carry your keys or a convenient way to attach your essentials to your pack or your person, we’ve got you covered in this guide.

NOTE: These products are meant to carry an assortment of your gear and some designs are inspired by the original climbing carabiners, but not all of them are rated to bear heavy loads. Be sure to review your requirements before you buy, and ensure you’re using the right carabiner for the job.

Heroclip

Heroclip

Purchase
Key Features
Compact and easy to hang off your pack
Extends into a gear-hanging hook
Strong enough to carry 60 lbs of gear
Specifications
Length
3.75" closed, 7.25" fully extended
Weight
2 oz
Materials
Aluminum, stainless steel
EDC Rating


Price
$
While it may look like a technical climber’s tool, the innovative Heroclip is actually designed to securely hang your bag or other things like a traditional carabiner would, or in its extended form where it gains double its height as well as a 360 degree pivot to better secure your gear. Use it to hang your EDC pack onto a table edge, off the back of a chair, or even over the door of a restroom stall, keeping your belongings elevated and clean. The latest version of its largest model can handle up to a 60-pound load—more than enough for your typical daily carry—yet its compact size and form factor make it easy to hang off your pack or bag’s strap, out of the way until needed.
Nite Ize S-Biner SlideLock

Nite Ize S-Biner SlideLock

Purchase
Key Features
Available in a variety of sizes and colors
Double gates provide extra utility
Locking mechanism provides safety from loss or theft
Specifications
Length
3.6“ for #4
Weight
1.09 oz for #4
Materials
Stainless steel
EDC Rating


Price
$
These nifty, lightweight, double-gated carabiners provide more flexibility and utility than a traditional, single-gated carabiner would. The addition of the SlideLock mechanism, a plastic boot that slides over the gate spring to prevent it from accidentally opening, gives it a locking capability that affords an extra level of security and peace of mind. Depending on the size you choose, these can be used to individually hang keys, a small light, or even a small multi-tool off a keychain, or even become a hanging keychain itself.
RovyVon Utility U8

RovyVon Utility U8

Purchase
Key Features
Lightweight and tough
Corrosion-resistant and scratch-resistant
Integrated bottle opener
Specifications
Length
2.64“
Weight
0.99 oz
Materials
Titanium
EDC Rating


Price
$
CNC-machined from tough, lightweight, and corrosion-resistant titanium, the RovyVon Utility U8 is a solid premium option for organizing your keys and other small EDC gear. This double loop design features a quick-release gate that allows you to easily attach the U8 to your belt loop or bag strap while providing a secure inner section to keep your keys in, ensuring they don’t fall everytime you open the latch. A notch that functions as a bottle opener adds further utility to the carabiner. Sandblasting gives the U8 a scratch-resistant finish, ensuring it looks good as it goes the distance with you.
Black Diamond HotForge Screwgate

Black Diamond HotForge Screwgate

Purchase
Key Features
Tough enough for climbing duties
Hot-forged, I-beam construction puts material only where it’s needed
Secure multi-twist Screwgate locking sleeve
Specifications
Length
N/A
Weight
1.76 oz
Materials
Aluminum alloy
EDC Rating


Price
$
This lightweight, screw-lock, offset-D locker is an affordable, more traditional choice from the climbing and skiing enthusiasts from Black Diamond. While it may not be the lightest in its class, the hot-forged, I-beam construction removes material where it isn’t needed and beefs up high-stress areas, leading to a high functional strength-to-weight ratio, crucial for camping and climbing applications. The multi-twist Screwgate sleeve ensures safety during locking and it’s sized up to fit a clove hitch knot. The gate opens up to 18mm and it’s rated for up to 24kN when locked. You can get this no-frills, utilitarian climbing carabiner in a value-packed set of three.
James Brand The Mehlville

James Brand The Mehlville

Purchase
Key Features
Simple and sleek design
Dual compartments secure your keys
Integrated bottle opener
Specifications
Length
3.125“
Weight
1.58 oz
Materials
Stainless steel
EDC Rating
Just released
Price
$$
While this has been produced in 6063 Aluminium and CNC-machined titanium, the stainless steel version of the James Brand Mehlville still keeps weight down to a respectable 1.58 ounces while bringing extra strength and durability to a key carrier that will likely be jangling around in your pocket or hanging off a belt loop, along with the rest of your keys. Dual compartments allow the single spring-loaded pivot to both easily attach this carabiner to your pants or pack, while ensuring your keys don’t fall off when you do. A stainless steel disk located at the mouth of one of its notches allows you to use The Mehlville as a bottle opener as well.
Kershaw Jens Carabiner

Kershaw Jens Carabiner

Purchase
Key Features
Multiple functions
Aggressive jimping for grip
Durable black oxide finish
Specifications
Length
3.625“
Weight
2.08 oz
Materials
Stainless steel
EDC Rating
Just released
Price
$
Born from a collaboration with renowned Danish knifemaker Jens Anso, this design expands upon the usefulness of a regular connecting carabiner by adding a variety of useful tools cut into the black oxide finished body. Included are a belt-cutter for emergencies, a bottle opener for a different kind of emergency, plus three sizes of hex wrenches. There’s jimping on one side to help with grip when using the tools, and a small hole milled near the belt-cutter lets you slip in a key ring to turn this into a multi-functional hanging key fob.
Leatherman Clean Contact Carabiner

Leatherman Clean Contact Carabiner

Purchase
Key Features
Brass construction offers antimicrobial properties
Removable pocket clip
Integrated bottle opener
Specifications
Length
3.5“
Weight
2.55 oz
Materials
260 Brass alloy, stainless steel
EDC Rating


Price
$
Leatherman keeps one of the most popular pocket tools of the 2020 pandemic season accessible and useful by integrating a carabiner gate into their no-touch tool design. The 260 brass alloy construction keeps this 3.5" long tool sturdy and appropriately hefty, while the antimicrobial properties of the copper-infused alloy afford you some extra level of sanitation and safety. A hole milled into the body lets you attach this to your key ring, while the screwed-in removable clip gives you pocket or pack carry options. The gate of the carabiner jaws function as an always-useful bottle opener as well. For a limited time, part of the proceeds go to the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses, allowing you to contribute to a good cause when you get this sturdy no-touch multi-tool.
Ti2 Design Strato-biner Tool Steel Core

Ti2 Design Strato-biner Tool Steel Core

Purchase
Key Features
Tool steel, brass, and titanium
Assymetrical gate design for rigidity and durability
Integrated pry bar in the steel core version
Specifications
Length
3.5“
Weight
1.76 oz
Materials
17-4 Tool Steel, 260 brass alloy, Grade 5 titanium
EDC Rating
Just released
Price
$$
Like most of its products, the Ti2 Design Strato-biner with Tool Steel Core combines smart material choices, solid build quality, and innovative design to bring a sophisticated take on the key carabiner. This version with acid-washed 260 brass alloy scales that exhibit a textured and weathered look give it a distinct aesthetic. Meanwhile, the tough tool steel core provides a sturdy chassis that features jimping for grip and a built-in prybar bit extending from the ring loop. The asymetric gate design is cut from Grade 5 6Al4V titanium for durability and torsional rigidity, putting the lightweight and tough material in the design’s biggest moving part.
CountyComm Kong Tango Carabiner

CountyComm Kong Tango Carabiner

Purchase
Key Features
Tough and heavy-duty construction
Professional-level climbing tool
Keylock actuation system keeps it secure
Specifications
Length
5.35“
Weight
4.58 oz
Materials
Aluminum alloy
EDC Rating


Price
$
This large, 5.35" long, double-gated carabiner is equally at home as an EDC accessory, a sport climbing implement, as well as a professional and tactical tool for rescue operations and construction activities. The Kong Tango Carabiner from CountyComm accomodates two keylocked gates that require you to first disengage the protected rear gate before you can open the front gate, giving you an extra measure of security. The rear gate itself is protected against accidental opening, and the whole carabiner can with stand up to 33 kN load, further reinforcing this product’s use as a serious and heavy-duty tool.
GPCA Carabiner

GPCA Carabiner

Purchase
Key Features
Lots of integrated utility and tools
Secret capsule compartment for small medicines
Screw-locked spring-loaded carabiner gate
Specifications
Length
4.25“
Weight
4.1 oz for stainless steel
Materials
Aluminum/titanium/stainless steel
EDC Rating
Just released
Price
$$
This uniquely designed carabiner seeks to maximize the utility you get from your carry by integrating multiple functions into its design: a screwlock gate for security, a small secret capsule compartment for carrying flintstones or emergency medicine, a box cutter and locking blade, plus Philips and flathead screwdrivers and a prytool machined into its chassis. Par for the course, it also includes a nifty bottle opening notch. It’s available in lightweight aluminum and titanium as well as robust stainless steel.
BLANK FORCES HyperLink

BLANK FORCES HyperLink

Purchase
Key Features
Full titanium construction
Streamlined design eliminates hotspots
Deep-carry clip offers multiple carry options
Specifications
Length
2.5“
Weight
0.7 oz
Materials
Grade 5 titanium
EDC Rating
Just released
Price
$$
This svelte and streamlined design features an integrated deep carry clip, giving you multiple pocket and bag carrying options and letting you maximize convenience according to your own use. Primarily meant as an EDC key hanger, the HyperLink is 3D-machined from solid Grade 5 titanium, lending the material’s high durability, corrosion-resistance, and light weight to something you’ll likely have on you all the time. A wide gate opening lets it easily latch on to your belt loop or bag strap, while smooth and rounded edges all over its body reduce the possibility of hotspots while in your pocket or pack.
Handgrey H6

Handgrey H6

Purchase
Key Features
Full Grade 5 titanium construction
Wire EDM-cut for precision
Traditional reliable carabiner design
Specifications
Length
2.5“
Weight
N/A
Materials
Grade 5 titanium
EDC Rating
Just released
Price
$$
The Handgrey H6 exhibits an industrial, Bauhaus-inspired design, supported by the fact that it’s completely EDM (electrical discharge machine) wire-cut, ensuring high levels of precision. This two-piece design sports a simple and symmetric traditional carabiner’s profile, executed in Grade 5 6Al4V titanium, pairing the material’s strengths with sound and precise construction. The stone-tumbled finish keeps it scratch-resistant and looking new even after years of use. This simple yet elegant key carrier is a tribute to the original carabiners that provided immense utility and reliability to climbers of old, offered in a premium, minimalist, and exotic modern iteration.

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Sam Wilson ·
I have been using a Nomad Carabiner for years, love it. Built in charging cable has come in handy more than a few times.