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About this project

Failing to clip in while lead climbing is dangerous, frustrating, and stresses equipment. Taking falls or "whippers" can leave you fatigued or injured and unable to continue your day of climbing. 

As a group of climbers who took numerous whippers while learning to lead, we decided that there had to be a way to improve the equipment we were using. We wanted something to assist clipping in and help conserve our energy to ultimately focus on climbing instead of clipping. This is when the idea of the Gumball carabiner was born. Finally, a way to clip more easily, allowing for a safer and more enjoyable climbing experience.

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The Gumball is an aluminum forged carabiner manufactured in the USA, and features curved wire gate and a ball at the rope entry point. This combination of quality materials and innovative features minimizes the weight of the carabiner while maximizing its functionality. Our carabiner will be CE certified and each one will be physically tested for strength and safety metrics during production.

Climbing equipment is there to keep you safe, and shouldn't get in your way. Our goal is to create an effortless clipping experience so your energy can be focused on tackling harder routes and reaching new heights. As a result, climbers will expend less energy clipping in and take fewer falls.

The design of the Gumball enables climbers of all skill levels to clip like the pros while lead climbing. The curved gate and ball at the rope entry point create a basket that feeds the rope into the carabiner, making the struggle to clip a thing of the past. We're offering our carabiner standalone and as a full quickdraw. The full draw will include the Gumball Clip, a tether or "dogbone", and standard carabiner.

To understand the value of the of the Gumball, picture yourself halfway up a one hundred foot ascent. You start to feel the fatigue in your forearms, your calves start to tighten and shake. You reach up and grab the next hold and notice that it is extremely small and shallow. Now six feet above your last carabiner, fifty feet up the wall, you reach over to clip in. You fumble with a standard carabiner and after several seconds attempting to clip in, you finally slide the rope into the carabiner. You reach up to grab the next hold and your hand slides off, sending you into a fall. Now you're hanging halfway up your route exhausted and annoyed. If clipping was easier, you would still have the energy to complete the rest of your climb.

The basket effect created by the Gumball carabiner allows the rope to rest in a ready position to be pulled down and locked in.
The basket effect created by the Gumball carabiner allows the rope to rest in a ready position to be pulled down and locked in.

 

  

  • Curved wire gate to allow the rope to slide easily into the carabiner 
  • Ball at the rope entry point to catch and guide the rope through the gate
  • Protective overhang to minimize risk of unclipping when backclipped

 

Our carabiners will be CE certified during the manufacturing process. This certification strength requires that our carabiners must be able to hold at least the following forces:

· Closed gate strength - 20kN

· Open gate - 7kN

· Minor axis - 7kN

 

 

 

 

Handcrafted real wood journals. Record all of your climbing and outdoor adventures. (8.5" x 5.5")
Handcrafted real wood journals. Record all of your climbing and outdoor adventures. (8.5" x 5.5")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Risks and challenges

Safety is not an option when making climbing equipment. We will take the necessary steps to manufacture our carabiners to the CE certification strength.

Each carabiner will be tested at the end of the assembly process.

The design of our carabiner was created carefully to assure that falls are less likely to unclip the rope.

Exact colors have not yet been finalized, and negotiations are in the works with the manufacturing partners to bring you great looking carabiners.

Our greatest challenge has been funding the initial tooling costs and manufacturing run, which is why we'd love your support helping this product come to life.

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    EARLY BIRD - ONE Gumball Clip

    Support us now and receive one of the very first Gumball Clips produced! This will be great for quickdraws that you already own and want to swap one of the existing carabiners for the Gumball Clip.

    This option does NOT include the full quickdraw, just one carabiner. This reward will also ensure that you are recognized on our backer list.

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    ONE Gumball Clip

    Early birds or not - everyone needs a Gumball Clip!

    Support us now and receive one of the very first Gumball Clips produced! This will be great for quickdraws that you already own and want to swap one of the existing carabiners for the Gumball Clip.

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    EARLY BIRD - ONE Gumball Clip Quickdraw

    Support us now and receive one of the very first Gumball Clips produced accompanied by a sourced dogbone and carabiner to complete the full quickdraw.

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    ONE Gumball Clip Quickdraw

    Miss out on the early bird? Don't worry - there are more worms.

    Support us now and receive one of the very first Gumball Clips produced accompanied by a sourced dogbone and carabiner to complete the full quickdraw.

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    ONE Gumball Clip + Hat

    Select this reward to receive a Gumball Clip from our first production run and a hat from Discrete Clothing (www.discreteclothing.com).

    The carabiner included in this package will NOT be a full quickdraw. For backing us you will also receive recognition on our backer list.

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    ONE Gumball Clip Quickdraw + Hat

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    The carabiner included in this package will be a full quickdraw with one Gumball Clip and a sourced dogbone and carabiner to complete the draw. For backing us you will also receive recognition on our backer list.

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    ONE Gumball Clip + Notebook

    Select this reward to receive a Gumball Clip from our first production run and a "field notes" journal made by Woodchuck (www.woodchuckusa.com) etched with the Anchor Labs logo.

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    ONE Gumball Clip Quickdraw + Notebook

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    $100 Retail Value! You save $35!

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    ONE Gumball Clip Draw + Hat + Notebook

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    The carabiner included in this package will be a full quickdraw with one Gumball Clip and a sourced dogbone and carabiner to complete the draw. For backing us you will also receive recognition on our backer list.

    $105 Retail Value! You save $35!

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    FIVE Gumball Clip Quickdraws

    The long-awaited innovation in carabiners is here. Get your hands on them NOW!

    Buy a full rack of Gumball Clip Quickdraws to get you up even the toughest routes with ease. The quickdraws will consist of a Gumball Clip and a sourced dogbone and carabiner.

    This reward will include 5 quickdraws and recognition on our backer list.

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    FIVE Gumball Clip Draws + Hat + Notebook

    The long-awaited innovation in carabiners is here. Get your hands on them NOW!

    Buy a full rack of Gumball Clip Quickdraws to get you up even the toughest routes with ease. The quickdraws will consist of a Gumball Clip and a sourced dogbone and carabiner.

    This reward will include 5 quickdraws and recognition on our backer list. You will also receive a hat from Discrete Clothing (www.discreteclothing.com) and a "field notes" journal made by Woodchuck (www.woodchuckusa.com) etched with the Anchor Labs logo.

    $205 Retail Value! You save $55!

    Share your pledge with your Facebook friends and receive a personalized "Climber/Backer Spotlight" post from the Anchor Labs Facebook account and an Anchor Labs sticker!

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    TEN Gumball Clip Quickdraws

    Outfit yourself with Gumball Clips!

    Buy 2 full racks of Gumball Clip quickdraws to tackle any route ahead. The quickdraws will consist of a Gumball Clip and a sourced dogbone and carabiner.

    This reward will include 10 quickdraws and recognition on our backer list.

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    TWENTY Gumball Clip Quickdraws

    Outfit yourself and your friends with Gumball Clip quickdraws!

    Buy 4 full racks of Gumball Clip quickdraws to tackle any route ahead. The quickdraws will consist of a Gumball Clip and a sourced dogbone and carabiner.

    This reward will include 20 quickdraws and recognition on our backer list.

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