Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Black Diamond Magnetron Technology

Wha, wha, what???
So Black Diamond is always a leader when it comes to innovation, but this is pretty wicked.  I have always been a proponent of the Petzl William Spin Ball carabiners for belay purposes and the reason is because they are easy to use, solid, took only one hand to operate and didn't have the over tensioned auto-locking effect of other carabiners.  With all that being said I think this new Magnetron carabiner from Black Diamond will be a very welcomed update to my rack.  I will be taking a closer look at these when I attend Summer Outdoor Retailer 2011 in August and hopefully I can get my hands on a couple ahead of the July 2012 release. We'll see what happens.


WILLIAM ball lock (open)
           




Check out the video and see for yourself.  This technology should be pretty amazing.  I just hope that use over time does not affect the magnets and cause issues.  I can imagine dirt and maybe ice/water exposure could affect the magnetic attraction in some way, shape or form.  However, BD's research and development is always top notch so we'll just have to see.




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