Omega Pacific Doval

Omega Pacific

Name:Omega Pacific Doval
Gate Material:steel
Nose:notch & wire
Nose Guard:minimal
Rivets:flat spun
Gate Shield:none
Weight:36.5 g
Dimensions:Length: 91 mm
Width: 55 mm
Gate Opening: 25 mm
Strength Ratings:Major Axis: 25 kN | Minor Axis: 7 kN | Gate Open: 7 kN
Other Markings:Forged: Dovel | (ratings)
Laser: CE 0082 (omega pacific logo)
Stamped: DW
Batch Marking Location:spine-exterior
Summary:worst features of both a D and an oval
Description & Commentary:

Touted as a cross between a symmetric D and an oval, I have found (and forum posts seem to indicate I am not the only one) that this has the worst qualities of both. Aid (rock) climbers prefer ovals in many situations over D shaped carabiners because ovals minimize shifting under load, and weight is negligible given the massive amount of aid gear. The interior D shape does not provide this benefit. The gentle bents of the exterior oval shape provide no resistance against accidental rotation. Paired with the large hooked nose and wiregate, the shape crossloads easily.

It is hard to imagine a case where a user would benefit from this over a similar sized (or larger) wiregate asymmetric D. I suppose one could more easily form a carabiner brake rappel as with traditional ovals, but you'd have to ask yourself why you're planning on getting in such dire straits in the first place (just learn a munter / super munter hitch).

OP sent me this in 2006 after I returned some Classics due to improperly formed rivets falling out!

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