Lanyard: Snap or carabiner

Snap or Biner

  • Snap

    Votes: 12 46.2%
  • carabiner

    Votes: 14 53.8%

  • Total voters
    26

ATH

Well-Known Member
#1
This sounds like something that has probably been kicked around, but a quick search didn't turn up a specific thread...

Time to make a new lanyard. I've use my ISC Swivel triple action snap on the last 2. It is time to replace that. I see the ISC Twister carabiner as well.

I know snaps are the 'norm' on a lanyard. Sure, they are a little easier, but one hand opening a carabiner is pretty simple.

I will be using a swivel (have been without - don't wanna go back). ART Positioner (with swivel) on the other end...

thanks!
 

Crimsonking

Well-Known Member
#2
The new ball locks by petzl are nice. No upward or downward motions, and after a few days, you won’t even think about it. (I say new because they have been updated from an older style, and are far superior.)
 

evo

Well-Known Member
#4
Depends?! Snap on steel core, crab on the rest
Those isc snaps are kinda POS.. not worth the money. Crap jams them, and the locking mechanism jams up and can be a pain in the ass. Almost called for the bolt cutters cause I couldn’t get the f-Er to open
 

ATH

Well-Known Member
#6
I've never had a problem with a full on jam, but as it ages, it isn't cleanly snapping shut every time. That is why I am replacing it. If others are having problems, perhaps I'll go with the carabiner.

I'm going to use a swivel snap or swivel biner, so not a lot of options (especially for the triple action snap...whole 'nother discussion). I just splice it onto the lanyard...
 
#9
I like the aluminium ct rope snap. Double action, no swivel. Maybe I'm just really accustomed to them, but for me they are the perfect weight to get a good swing around a trunk without being too heavy where they might hurt my catching hand, like a big steel snap, and not too light like a carabiner where they have too little momentum to swing nicely around a big trunk.
 

CanadianStan

Well-Known Member
#11
I love double locking snaps. ISC or now Edelrid. Must be maintained like all hardware. 3 in 1 dry lube works mine. But to each their own. I have had numerous. No sticking. Even with sappy trees.
I love my double snaps for tree work. Carabiners are also pretty versatile. I have a combination of different lanyards depending on what I’ll need it for in that specific tree

Double snaps are not allowed in comps though so I have a separate comp lanyard with a triple on it.
 

ATH

Well-Known Member
#14
Ordered yesterday from Tree Stuff. The ISC Twister was in a box of goodies when I got home today. Opens one handed as easily as any other 'biner. Maybe easier because you can use the swivel part to rest your hand on. I'll spice it onto a lanyard sometime soon. Gonna try Tachyon. I've had it for climbing rope and liked it - should make a good lanyard too...
 

ATH

Well-Known Member
#16
I went with an 11.5mm because the ArborMaster I have the Positioner on now slips a little. I think it may be the texture/finish of the rope? Hoping for better results with the Tachyon. I thought going thinner may cause less grip.
 

swingdude

De' Island Buzzer
#17
I went with an 11.5mm because the ArborMaster I have the Positioner on now slips a little. I think it may be the texture/finish of the rope? Hoping for better results with the Tachyon. I thought going thinner may cause less grip.
Ah....cool.
 
#18
Snaps, if not just for the more solid throwing weight.
>>Also prefer longer adjustable lanyard to right D, so left is snap D side.
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Throw lanyard around vertical to boomerang back to left hand, snap-in, go etc.
Throw around under branch standing on catch with left, deft snap in pull on right to shrink lanyard while legs are bent.
>>Then tighten legs partially or fully against lanyard for some stability as 2ndary support in pinch, can be tiring position/timer is ticking in head to move cleanly and quickly if legs locked hard etc.!
Also , throwing lanyard overhead support easier to tease/flirt the rope around to break frictions enough to let snap weight pull line back to you.
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Better for swooping lines to you, drawing leverage on a tightened line overhead etc. also.
Snap easier to push thru dense brush.
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i do prefer aluminum tho, less risk of denting coconut or even breaking nose bridge etc.
Oooops work time...
 

SomethingWitty

Well-Known Member
#20
Everything is heavy enough if you have a thimble loop klemheisted right up to it.
I like a boring old ultra O, just because that is what I have used for all sorts of things for years. I can operate them mindlessly with either hand no matter the circumstance.
 
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