|Variant||Non PPE MBS||Gate Opening||Weight||Max Webbing Size||Cat no|
|Locking Gate||3kN||20mm||79g||45 x 3mm||A552|
|Wire Gate||3kN||23mm||63g||45 x 3mm||A558|
In this review we are only looking at the wire gate DMM Vault. Some of the plastic ice clippers I have used, are flexible, and have undone whilst climbing. The last thing you want as you look down at your harness to grab one of your ice screws, is seeing one tumbling down the face you are climbing. That’s a £40-£50 mistake you do not want to relive.
The attachment to the harness works best on the provided slot, for ice clippers. The DMM Vault comes with rubber rings which can be used to prevent excessive movement of it on the clipper slot, and prevent wear on your harness.
It is a large carabiner, so a bit weighty compared to plastic ice clippers, but for me personally I prefer the security of not losing any screws than saving 40 or so grams. Also, The DMM Vault has a lip on the top of its frame, which is perfect for parking an ice screw(s) on top to get to another ice screw placed below on the DMM Vault. It’s also beneficial when climbing with a rucksack. The rucksack waistbelt can sit on top and not interfere with the function of the Vault, i.e. racking and unclipping of ice screws.