Petzl Attache Carabiner

Matt Zia Reviews the Petzl Attache Carabiner for Blister Gear Review
Petzl Attache Carabiner

Petzl Attache Carabiner

Weight: 56 grams

Locking system: Screw-Lock

Major axis strength: 22 kn

Minor axis strength: 7 kn

Open gate strength: 6 kn

Gate opening: 24 mm

MSRP: $20.95

Test Locations: Castle Valley, Indian Creek, & Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT; High Sierra, CA

Days Tested: 30

The new Petzl Attache is a distillation of two previous carabiners, the standard Attache and the lightweight Attache 3D, into a single product. The new Attache is essentially a redesign of the older Attache 3D, while the original Attache has been discontinued.

Since the design is significantly stripped down and lighter than the old Attache, the new carabiner has both advantages and disadvantages over the old model.

Size, Shape, and Weight

The Attache is still a fairly small, pear-shaped carabiner. While not the smallest locking carabiner on the market, it is certainly smaller than the Black Diamond Rocklock, Petzl William, or Wild Country Synergy lockers (to name a few), all larger pear-shaped carabiners.

The pear shape is important because you can use the Attache to belay using a münter hitch, something that is next to impossible on a small D-shaped locker.

And while small, the Attache is also big enough to easily accept a clove hitch when used on an anchor.

Matt Zia Reviews the Petzl Attache Carabiner for Blister Gear Review
Left to Right: Wild Country Synergy (round-stock pear shaped carabiner); Petzl Attache; Black Diamond Positron Locker (I-beam D-shaped carabiner)

Matt Zia Reviews the Petzl Attache Carabiner for Blister Gear Review

Best Uses

As stated above, the Attache works well as a belay ‘biner, since its pear shape allows for use of a münter hitch if you drop a belay device off a multi-pitch climb, or forget your belay device back at the car.

Matt Zia Reviews the Petzl Attache Carabiner for Blister Gear Review
Matt Zia belaying with the Petzl Attache, Scarface Wall, Indian Creek, UT.

I used an old Attache for years as my belay biner, and I never took it off my belay device. The Attache also works with an assisted belay device such as the Grigri or Cinch, and is a nice alternative to a dedicated biner like the Black Diamond Gridlock, since it is more versatile.


The Attache is a forged carabiner with an “H” cross-section, similar to the I-beam construction found on many other lightweight carabiners. This is a departure from the old Attache, which was made from straight round-stock aluminum. The “H” cross-section reduces weight with no loss in strength or rope-bearing surface area.

In my experience however, the “H” design also reduces the durability of the carabiner.

Matt Zia Reviews the Petzl Attache Carabiner for Blister Gear Review
Comparison of wear between Petzl Attache and Wild Country Synergy (a round-stock carabiner)

I have old round-stock carabiners that show as much wear after several years of use as the new Attache does after only a month of use. The anodization wore away quickly on the Attache as it does on any other carabiner, but more importantly, the aluminum itself showed wear that is consistent with years of use on a round-stock carabiner. The most significant wear was noticeable after using the Attache as a top-rope anchor, not as a belay biner, something that I’m not surprised by since repeated lowering off a carabiner is the fastest way to wear it down.

Screw Gate

In my personal experience, Petzl screwgates resist getting clogged with grit better than other companies’ carabiners. The Attache is consistent with that trend; the action on the screwgate is still smooth after a month in the desert.

I have climbing partners, however, who swear the exact opposite—that their Petzl lockers do not last as long as other carabiners—so your experience may differ from mine.

Bottom Line

The redesigned Petzl Attache is a nice addition to the Petzl line, but is not suited to every use. For top-rope anchors, or for casual cragging, larger round-stock carabiners are a better choice as they are more durable. But for multi-pitch climbing where space and weight are more important, the Attache is a good choice.


4 comments on “Petzl Attache Carabiner”

  1. I quit using my Attaches after seeing photos of biners with gates that broke under bodyweight. I’ve never heard of any other biner doing the same…so I got a BD Gridlock as a belay biner. I love Petzl, but want to trust my belay carabiner.

    • Do you mind sharing the source for those pictures and any incident analysis that may or may not exist? This is the first I’ve heard of Attache’s breaking; like you implied, it’s virtually unheard of and I imagine Petzl would have released some sort of recall or at least report if it was a systemic problem.


    I’m pretty paranoid about single points of failure, and the possibility of crossloading a biner is very real particularly while belaying. The Attache locking barrel is more prone than most locking biners to crossloading, so while I love the keynose, the action, and the size, I’m very happy no longer using them for single point of failure applications.

  3. Bring the options back! I picked up the new attache to use as a belay/rap biner for multi-pitch and alpine and have also experienced very accelerated wear compared to a round stock biner. The problem I see with the “H beam” design is that when you wear through the radius section enough you end up creating a sharp edge. The outer edge of the biner also has wear marks, so the rope is pushed against that sharp edge. After 4 months mine is getting switched over for clove hitch duty (which it does GREAT at, lots of area for a biner this light). I’ll go back to the vapor as my belay biner for alpine and a heavier round stock for close to the car multi-pitch.

    I wish petzl would continue to offer the traditional attache and this as the 3d.

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