|Name:||Petzl Ange S|
|Gate Material:||steel - stainless|
|Dimensions:||Length: 85 mm|
Width: 53 mm
Rope Bearing Depth: 9.5 mm
Gate Opening: 23 mm
|Strength Ratings:||20 kN | 7 kN | 9 kN|
|Other Markings:||Forged: PETZL ANGE S Patented | CE0082 (ratings) UIAA|
Laser: (2D barcode) 14308IO0425
|Batch Marking Location:||spine-left|
|Collection Criteria:||★ Mechanically Interesting|
|Summary:||unique reverse-keylock gate with hidden spring|
|Description & Commentary:|
The gate itself is essentially an undersized solid rod, with a small loop formed on the hinge end positioned around the hinge/pivot pin. The nose end is expanded and slots into a gap in the nose of the carabiner, above a constriction.
Sometimes called a wiregate, I classify this as a solid gate carabiner with a reverse-keylock nose. In a traditional wiregate, the gate itself provides the gate-closing spring pressure. The Petzl Ang has a spring in the body of the carabiner which pushes against the hinge end of the gate.
It sports a plastic piece on the gate to provide a flat bearing surface, which helps resist the carabiner from twisting out of the hand in use.
Interestingly, this carabiner has a minimum major axis strength of 20 kN, uncommonly low for a modern carabiner.
While not particularly useful for my tree climbing needs, I am impressed with how light and compact the Ang S feels in my hand. The finish and workmanship is everything you'd expect from Petzl. Also available in a larger configuration as the Ang L.