The Oval carabiner is truly one of the originals. Chouinard Equipment made them back in the old days and Black Diamond has carried on the tradition. And for good reason. Ovals still have their place on a climber’s rack. They have lots of room for racking nuts for free or aid climbing. The Wire Gate Oval is an updated version of the original and is an excellent all around utility carabiner that’s just a bit lighter.