Tiny full funtion-not for everyone

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Exploratory Mountaineer from New York, NY on Saturday, November 27, 2010
Impressive specialty biner for this price. Perfect for the niche it fills, but not for every use. Clip-in gets easier with some practice. Great compact size for mountaineering, where long approaches make the FS's lower bulk and lighter weight big plusses. In that application, biners spend much time as dead weight in one's pack or sled, so every cubic micron or gram saved adds up. Mountaineers generally use skinnier ropes that are well suited to the FS's reduced size. Tiny and light make FS Mini perfect--especially at lower pricing--to replace every toy (aka non-load bearing/accessory) biner you now use in all applications. That way the FS Mini, unlike toy biners, one can be used if one needs another climbing spec biner in a pinch or a rescue scenario. The FS Mini also makes the perfect biner for connecting my gear sled to my harness for hauling. The FS's shorter spine is a real plus for that use.

The small gate opening and overall smaller frame of the FS Mini make it less usefull for general climbing applications then other small and light biners on the market. It is harder to clip, fits fewer ropes/slings (especially thicker ones), and is harder to handle with gloves. For general or frequent use, there are other models (e.g. Camp Nano, BD OZ) that better hit the sweet spot balancing small size and light weight with user-friendliness. Still, the FS is a special-purpose item that's great to have. You'll regret not getting several FS Mini biners at this price. STP is a pleasure to patronize. I've been a customer for many, many years and had only good experiences with them.
  • Best Uses: mountaineering, Racking, Replace toy biners, Sledpulk hauling
  • Cons: Big handgloves not great, Harder to clip in, Not sized for larger rope, Smaller gate opening
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Climber
  • Pros: Bargain priced, Compact Size, Super lightweight, Well builtfinished
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
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