The Black Diamond VaporLock locking carabiner is a belaying, lowering, and rappelling carabiner made from anodized aluminum for superior strength and durability. The VaporLock carabiner features an extra wide basket, allowing the climber to utilize a Munter hitch on rock climbing ropes up to 9.4mm in diameter. The gate sleeve locks tightly into place, and when used with an ATC the VaporLock carabiner increases friction by up to 30% during rappelling or lowering. These features and more make the Black Diamond VaporLock locking carabiner an ideal choice for rock climbers who are seeking to maximize their speed control while lowering and rappelling.
The Black Diamond VaporLock carabiner is a great mid-priced carabiner that performs well beyond its class. Though advertised as mainly a rappelling carabiner, I found during my review that the VaporLock allows you to open it quickly, yet securely locks tight when it needs to bear a load. This makes the Black Diamond VaporLock much more versatile than advertised, and it’s truly a fantastic multi-purpose carabiner.
Roberta Montoya is a world-class rock climber who’s faced countless challenges over the years. She was also on the 2000 Mexican Olympic volleyball team. Today, she works as a corrections officer while climbing during the weekends. Roberta lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.