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REI Brand Caribiner Question

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Johnathan C · · Missouri · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 90

This is a simple curiosity question. Does anyone know when REI manufactured their own carabiners? I got this carabiner as a part of a collection of gear I got last year. I've never seen one before and I can't find any information about the carabiner online. If you remember these things, I'd love to know when they were being made!

jon jugenheimer · · Madison, WI · Joined Apr 2006 · Points: 2,149

Early 2Ks if I remember correctly is when they stopped putting their name on biners.  Someone else was making them though.  For some reason I thought MSR was making them, but they stopped themselves before the 2Ks which was before my time. 

Bruce Hildenbrand · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2003 · Points: 945

REI used to sell carabiners with their names on them, but they never made them.  They had a reputable climbing gear manufacturer do it for them.  Some companies include SMC, MSR, Chouinard, and the carabiner in the photo is made by Omega Pacific.

Gunkiemike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 2,785

It appears to pre-date the UIAA biner standard, so that may help narrow down the age.

Johnathan C · · Missouri · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 90

Cool, that's what I wanted to know! Thanks guys.

Matt Himmelstein · · Orange, California · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 125

I have a bunch of REI branded gear from the mid to late '90s.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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