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I was climbing today on a very new tree hog carabiner, which was attaching my zig zag to my bridge. I only unclipped it at the end of the day and I was inspecting it and noticed damage that wasn't there before on the triple locking system. Is this now a write off? Can anyone help me figure what I did wrong.



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The gate damage looks like what I would imagine if force had been applied to open it whilst the collar wasn’t fully rotated.


Did you use anything to ensure the karabiner stayed properly orientated?



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When I was younger and foolisher I would probably have stuck it in a vice and tried to straighten it with pliers and hammer.


Now, I would just replace it in a heartbeat.


By the time that bit of bent metal has seen forced back, it will be so stressed and weakened, you will effectively have nothing more secure than a plain gate karabiner.


If whatever happened to bend it whilst new reoccurred in the future, I can’t see it putting up much of a fight!

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Apart from wanting 100% confidence in any life support ppe, the functionality of the biner has been compromised - that little lip will be catching on your hand, arm etc and is more likely to bend more or cause inadvertent opening of the gate.


Treat yourself to a new one! Maybe not treehog either

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