|Name:||REI Gold D v1|
|Nose:||notch & pin|
|Dimensions:||Length: 101.5 mm|
Width: 59 mm
Depth (basket end): 8.66 mm
Gate Opening: 19.5 mm
|Strength Ratings:||21 kN | 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