I love them but...by martin9753 on 08/15/2017
I've been using this carabiners for more than 2 years, i loved the slide mechanism... i dont have screw gate carabiners, all my carabiners are auto, and almost all my carabiners are edelrid with slide mechanism or twist mechanism.
The grace of auto carabiners is that you dont have to worry closing them, you let go the gate an they close automatically... well this slide thing worked fine for months, you loose the gate and it close, but after some use this stopped going that way, now everytime i let go the gate i have to close it by hand...
The thing is that when you loose the gate the slide pin normally hit the keylock, then slides down and allow the gate to take the close position then it goes up again closing the gate, but after some use this stopped, you loose the gate and when the pin hit the keylock it don't go down, it stay in that position, so you have to slide it down by hand to close correctly the carabiner, other way of doing this is full opening the gate and loosing the gate from this full open position, so it take more speed/power and close automatically in one step, but that is not the idea on an auto mechanism...
I think this isue could be solved putting some lubricant on the mechanism or cleaning it with compressed air.
In case you think i have some factory failed carabiners thats not the case, i have 8 pure slider, 1 strike slider and a strike slider FG, and all of them started doing this after some months of use, so its not an isolated issue. I take care of my equipment, they are not full of dust or dirt.
Alpine/ice climbing use: i don't have any issue using the locking mechanism with gloves