REI Gold D v1

Gold D v1

Name:REI Gold D v1
Shape:asymmetric D
Nose:notch & pin
Nose Guard:none
Gate Shield:none
Weight:53 g
Dimensions:Length: 101.5 mm
Width: 59 mm
Depth (basket end): 8.66 mm
Gate Opening: 19.5 mm
Strength Ratings:Major Axis: 21 kN | Gate Open: 5.7 kN
Other Markings:Stamped: (REI logo) USA (ratings) | FOR RECREATIONAL CLIMBING ONLY | Dot Peen: 1868 18/93
Batch Marking Location:gate-left
Summary:REI carabiner with dot-peened markings on the gate and only 21 kN rating
Description & Commentary:

A basic '90s workhorse carabiner. The gate has flat spots so the rivet edges sit flush - and won't snag fibers on soft goods. I think this was the first generation version of the Gold D - it has a lower strength rating than the other Gold D I have. The body is slightly different as well, with the differences most notable on the hinge-relief area of the carabiner.

REI offered the v2 in BLACK, BLUE, BRIGHT (silver), GREEN, PURPLE colors, despite the name "Gold D" - but perhaps this version was only offered in the bright-body/gold-gate finish.

Unusually, batch markings are dot-peened (think dot-matrix printer for metal) on the gate.

See also: REI Gold D v2