Best Overall Locking Carabiner
The Editors' Choice Award goes to the Petzl Attache
. It was the only carabiner to score high in every category and the only light carabiner to really excel in the overall scores. This carabiner excels at just about everything. Its main drawback is the price.
Best Bang for the Buck
Black Diamond Rocklock Screwgate
The Best Buy Award goes to the Black Diamond Rock Lock
,which scored very well is most categories except for being light and compact. It was not only a top scorer, it was also among the cheapest carabiners at $11. It is an all around performer, and is a durable choice for beginners and experts alike.
Top Pick for Belaying
DMM Belay Master 2
The Top Pick for Belay Carabiner goes to the DMM Belay Master 2
, a locking specific carabiner specifically designed to be used while belaying off the belay loop with a variety of devices. It is not an inexpensive choice, but is the best locker we used that prevents cross-loading from occurring.