I give this product an overall rating of 0.3/3 worlds. I am not satisfied with the information or lack thereof provided for this product, and I am disappointed in the absence of sustainability and ethical principles that should be included in Metolius’ mission statement. Every company and corporation apart of and associated with the outdoors industry has the responsibility to preserve and protect our environment. Sustainability should be at the core of all outdoors businesses ‘ missions. Companies have the opportunity to innovate and design products that are both profitable AND good for the planet. What is the point of making, creating, and producing products when the very places they are created for are being destroyed? Please do better, Metolius, for the people and our planet.
Carabiners are widely used in rope-intensive activities, like climbing. Depending on the climbing and rope you are doing, the materials used are different for lighter and heavier carabiners. Carabiners in general are mainly made out of both steel and aluminum, but I couldn’t find too much information on the specific materials used for the Metolius Wiregate Carabiner. There is a Proposition 65 (P65) Warning listed under the product itself, that basically advises caution to the exposure of chemicals including Nickel, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
Metolius doesn’t include any specifics on their page of how the carabiner itself is made, which can mean many reasons. One reason I believe that there is no information included on their website on how the carabiner is made is that Metolius simply doesn't take into account the ethical and sustainable principles when making their products. They completely disregard the concept and idea of sustainability, based on the fact that is completely non-existent on their website.
Metolius Climbing is an American rock climbing and gear manufacturer based out of Bend, Oregon. “Metolius” comes from the name of a river in Oregon, where mastermind designer, Doug Phillips first started creating climbing gear out of his garage over 35 years ago. They quickly expanded into a well-known and respected climbing gear company, whose mission is to make the strongest and safest gear for people to ensure their safety wherever climbing takes them, near and far. While the company has made it clear that they are building products to ensure the safety and durability of their products, I was disappointed that sustainability was not included as a core part of their mission and the fact that there is not a single section on their company’s website about ethical or sustainable principles they have adopted or are working towards. While most of their products are made in the U.S., I did not find any specific information regarding where this particular carabiner product is made or manufactured, simply because this information was not on their website or the product page. However, I was able to find out some more information in a “Gear Reviews & Stories” blog post from 2014 from the “Weigh My Rack” website, that discusses “11 Things” they learned from touring Metolius. The 11th “thing” mentioned that the website touched upon was how transparent Metolius is. They claimed that when they asked the company where their carabiners are made, Metolius said that they are made in Taiwan. Metolius also claimed that “various employees” visit the factory in Taiwan to ensure that all processes run smoothly, according to this blog post. While the website found this to be an “open and honest dialog” between them and Metolius, I find this to be a very vague response. What are the working conditions like in this factory? Are adults working in this factory? Are children? Are employees being ensured basic human rights and wages in the conditions they are working in? Are the conditions safe where they are working? Does Metolius check in on the people working in this factory in addition to ensuring that the processes run smoothly? Or are they only doing this so they can stay competitive in a market that exploits other country’s people and their resources, for the benefit of the company to make more profit? These are the questions I need answered and included in their company’s website and product page. Until then, the lack of information is a clear message to me that where and how this carabiner is made is not going to make many folks happy.