If I were stuck on a remote island

 

If I were stranded on a remote island, what kind of karabiner would I want to have with me?

Well, bit of a silly question really, in view of the fact that if I were stuck on a remote island, I would hardly need a karabiner. But you know what I mean…

So, what would it be? Without a doubt an oval shape karabiner. This shape is so versatile, it is the tractor amongst karabiners, good at doing most things: due to its symmetrical shape it is reversible, allowing you to install pulleys and other hardware on either end, giving you a choice of gate orientation. It has a tolerance to wider loading (within reason!) top and bottom, facilitating correct configuration. Whilst other karabiner shapes may be good at specific tasks, for an all-purpose connector I would default to ovals…

Now all I need is a deserted island.