Petzl William Screwgate Carabiner

Petzl William Screwgate Carabiner


If you want a big biner for belaying and rappelling, the William is available. Smooth action, keylock nose, big - works well for all those rappel ‘biner actions. Good to have one or two on hand for pothole escapes, as two ropes can be climbed with a William and two Tiblocs - or really, two Williams and four Tiblocs... New I-Beam construction make is less durable in sandy Utah canyons, and clove hitches do not set as well against it. In other words, I like the less-expensive round-stock carabiners better: BD Rocklock (though it has a bulgy nose) and the smaller Cypher Iris.

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Well, no. Not anymore. I prefer the BD Rocklock (which does not fit a Pirana) for the above uses, but I sure wish the old-style William was still available. Alas... Petzl changed over to the I-beam design, which is not as good for canyoneers. We are out of the old style, this is the new style.

Petzl says:

  • Great capacity thanks to its large dimensions:
    - carabiner can hold a very large quantity of equipment
    - optimal shape for belaying with a Munter hitch

  • Ergonomics:
    - shape designed for gripping with gloves on
    - asymmetrical pear shape facilitates opening and the manipulation of the locking system
    - Keylock system to avoid any involuntary snagging of the carabiner

Technical Specifications : 

Strength: 27 kN long axis, 8 kN gate open, 8 kN short axis.

Opening: 28 mm gate opening width Individually tested.

Weight : 85 g.

Petzl makes the William with three different locks, but we only carry the Screwgate as it is most resistant to jamming in sandy conditions.


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