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S-Biner Alternatives

Discussion in 'Other Carrying Devices' started by MikeySnyder, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. MikeySnyder

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    Hey guys. Took a little hiatus from the EDCF, thanks to work.... But im back! And i wanna know what you guys use instead of S-Biners! Im looking to replace mine, after it came open on me at work and i lost(but thankfully found) the keys to my store, my house, my safe, and my garage! This isnt the first time this has happened either. But it will be the last!

    I like how slim, and sleek it is. Very non-bulky, which is why i dont just use a carabiner. Ive also thought about just permanently closing the bottom gate with some JB Weld, or other metal bonding epoxy..... Since i could still slide keyrings off and on easily enough.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. J4C3

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    Loving grimlocks with a hole drilled in for keyrings perfect
     
  3. CatherineM
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    I use a piece of shrink wire wrap on mine. I really like how S biners keep things going the right direction.
     
  4. parnass

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    Home Depot sells an inexpensive S-shaped dual carabiner. They may be found in the same area as key ring accessories -- next to the Service Desk in the local stores.

    The thicker spring gates require considerably more pressure than the Nite-Ize S-Biners. I have a couple and they work well for carrying a key ring on my belt loop.

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    I use a lot of s biners and never had a problem. But since hearing about others losing keys I got proactive and started using gutted paracord as a gate lock on the key tool side. I've heard that the newer Sbiners are much better then the older ones, but I wonder why they haven't come out with one that has a built in gate lock. Maybe it's one of those corporate " we can't admit that there is really a problem, our product doesn't have any flaws" kinda thing?
     
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    Gave mine to the GrandKids, and went with 2 of the $.40 round "McGizmo's" from TEC Accessories,joined by a #6 split ring from Lighthound.

    I'm just too stubborn to spend time 'fixing' a POS that should have been recalled,along with a public apology issued.

    ~:evilgrin:
     
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    I saw some s-biners on the Supply Captain web site under "paracord accessories" that look different than the Nite Eyes version. Don't know if they work any better but I'll try some next order.
     
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    I also use heat shrink to keep then closed, works great.
     
  11. MikeySnyder

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys! I think im gonna go with the heat shrink option, and close that sucker up!
     
  12. RonReagan

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    Yeah I use 1/4" and it holds well. The smaller sclips ones like #1 and. #0 would need a smaller shrink tube size.
     
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    /ten char.
     
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    Amen.
     
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    I was surprised at how tight the little ones lock up too. For what I used them for the plastic ones have been fine, I found them on clearance at a local video store.
     
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    There are other threads here on S-Biners and fixes.

    One trick I've used is to put small springs on the gate. You have to pull the spring back to release what you carry so it is a tow handed process but it works well. If you have the spare parts it is a freebie fix too. Easier access than heatshrink tubing or cut down drinking straws and looks better.

    What I like to use is a GearKeeper from Hammerhead Industries. They have plenty of options. I have one that attaches to my belt with a Velcro loop and the steel cable that holds the keys will never break. It easily allows for comfortable and secure pocket carry or lets the keys hang from the belt. Either way I don't worry about losing them. Plenty of length on the cable too -- I can reach my locker (chest high) without having to remove the keys from it. Mine is about eight years old and still going.
     
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    I use heat shrink tubing on mine as well.. Since I started doing that never had an issue.
     
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    The new s-biners have grooves that the gate rest in. They stay perfectly closed now, nothing is coming off them unintentionally. Great product!
     
  20. Mitty

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    Interesting. That is exactly what I did to mine two or three years ago when I bought them and found out what a terrible design they were. I have not had the confidence to use them in demanding circumstances since, however, so I didn't know whether that would be a fix or not.

    Filing notches in that tough stainless steel is a b1tc#.