The Edelrid Pure Slider Carabiner is an innovative product from a company that produce great climbing products. Here is our take on this handy addition to your rack.
Edelrid produce some really innovative products. I have used their Aramid Cord slings for years and love their Ohm Assisted Braking Resistor. Their Jul range of belay devices set the standard for assisted braking belay devices. Edelrid aren’t afraid to bring products to market that are genuinely different. Alongside all these, they have some really clever carabiner designs and this top gear choice is all about their Pure Slider.
This is a lightweight snapgate carabiner with a clever integrated locking system. It’s as slick and racks as easily as a normal snapgate. It also weighs only a little over that of a normal snapgate. However, it also has the added security that the gate automatically locks once closed. It is a great idea and the more we’ve used them the more I’ve found advantages.
The main advantage, of course, is added security. They can’t offer quite the same level of security as a normal screwgate. They could perhaps be opened if the catch is pulled down from above. Then the gate could come open as normal if pushed from the side. However this would need 2 clear actions in different directions and we consider it low probability this would happen. It is possible though. So, they won’t suit every occasion. They certainly inspire confidence in many situations though.
The Edelrid Pure Slider Carabiner was originally designed so they could rotate in a bolt hanger. They do that easily. They can also be easily used with a clip stick. This makes them ideal on a first quickdraw where you want to be sure the carabiner gate can’t be compromised as you climb past. Also, if you don’t want to carry a screwgate for every situation that would normally warrant one, they offer a good in between choice. They also save around 10 grams on the weight of a screwgate (depending on screwgate model).
Also, crucially, they are extremely easy to use. Learning to open them efficiently becomes second nature really quickly. Soon you hardly notice they are different at all. We always have a few on our rack and deliberately choose them in a different colour to other biners. This allows quick identification when speed is important.
We think the Edelrid Pure Slider Carabiner is a great idea and hope those Edelrid designers keep cooking up unique products. They cost around £15 and more details are available on the Edelrid website here. The video below also demonstrates them in action.