Best Oval Non-Locker I've Found
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I use ovals for racking nuts (and sometimes even tricams when I want to take a few up but don't need them ready to clip fast). I've bought ovals from several different manufacturers and most of them are built like something from the 1970s. These other ovals are heavy, bulky, weak for the size and weight, and literally look like they were made with decades old manufacturing technology. In the arms race of climbing gear it seems like nobody gives a darn about upgrading the trusty old oval carabiner.
Then I bought a Mad Rock Oval Tech. Thanks to modern manufacturing it is both lighter and stronger the other, ancient looking, ovals I own. Plus it just looks sharp, like it belongs on a modern climbing rack, not like something grandpa used back when he climbed. They are big enough to rack well, and they seem to feed nuts smoothly enough. I can't see any flaws in the design.
At a competitive price these are my go to nut racking biners. My other ovals have been downgraded to storing gear I'm not taking up on climbs.