Carabiners are some of the most widely useful kayaking equipment around.
Whether you’re kayaking or mountain climbing, simple carabiners can be some of the most useful pieces of equipment around. They are especially useful when it comes to safety equipment, since they can be snapped into place in an instant if needed, and easily removed later. However, even though they are relatively simple designs, carabiners are sturdy and will be able to hold even for fairly strong forces that might be acting on them.
Carabiners come in many different sizes, so you should figure out how much force will probably be on the carabiner before you decide which one you need. There’s no real rule of thumb for this, but you should always replace carabiners with a new one that is roughly the same size. You should also make sure that if you are going to be using it for a fairly high-stress situation that it is a stronger carabiner than you probably need. That way, you’ll be sure that you’ll be ready for any situation.
Carabiners are often used on safety lines. Part of the reason for this is that if you need to connect a rope in an emergency situation, you will not have enough time to tie it anywhere. A carabiner is a good solution, since all you have to do is snap it on. For instance, if you have a throw rope, there will generally be a carabiner on one side. What you do is snap the carabiner onto a loop on your clothing (make sure it is strong enough before you do this, though!) and then you’ll be able to use the throw rope without worrying about what will happen if you accidentally let go of the rope.
Carabiners will probably not break, but after a lot of use, you might notice that it is getting worn. If you notice that, then you should probably replace it. Replacing a carabiner is not very hard. In fact, these relatively inexpensive parts are probably the easiest things to replace. Also, since they are cheap, easy to use, and very useful, you may even want to think about having a few extra on hand for any major kayaking trip.