10 ways to use an S-Biner

10 ways to use an S-Biner

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The S-Biner from NITE IZE should be an integral piece of every hiker’s equipment. It’s so simple, yet so perfect. The S-Biner is basically a double ended carabiner in the shape of an “S”. It provides a quick and convenient attachement point and comes is invaluable when managing camping and hiking gear. It is as simple as “clip-clip” and your gear’s safe and connected. Want to remove the item without disturbing the attachment point? No problem. The double sided biner can allows you to leave one side undisturbed when you need to access a piece of your gear. The s-biner comes in a handful of different sizes ranging from 5lbs to 100lbs of strength, good enough for most uses.
S-Biners are like the prefect piece of lego I would spent hours looking for in my bucket of mixed pieces. Just this week, as I was gearing up for my first big spring hike, I realized how dependent I am on these little metal connectors. I figured you folks might be interested, so here are 9 ways that I am using s-biners with my backpacking gear. The uses are nearly endless, and I often just keep one clipped to my belt-loop when I go camping, just in case! Feel free to leave a comment if you have an interesting use for S-Biners!


10. Sandals/extra shoes to bag

I like to bring alternative shoes or sandals on hikes with varying terrain. Usually they are wet and muddy, so theres no chance I’m going to stick them inside my bag.



9. Ridgeline bag

Convenience, pure convenience. This is my headlamp, glasses and accessories bag that hangs above my hammock.



8. Creating a rope loop

Forget making and untying knots, I just stick an S-Biner on the end of a rope and it makes swift work of ridgelines, clotheslines or any other reason I need to tie a rope to an object.



7. Tarp to ridgeline (A)

Use an S-Biner to attach one end of a tarp to a tightening loop which secures to your ridge line. This is a fast and simple way to set up shelter, especially for a hammock!



6. Tarp to ridgeline (B)

This is the second part of setting up a tarp with a ridge line, and keeps the tarp connected, taught, and centered over the ridgeline. I don’t know how I would make a shelter without S-Biners!



5. Dry dish rag on backpack

Nobody wants to pack a wet and dirty cloth in their backpack. Especially not if your an adventurous woman utilizing the common “pee rag” method. Use a small S-Biner to clip wet stuff onto your pack and let the sun do its job! This is how I dry out my dish rag after doing breakfast dishes.


4. Kayak fishing rod leash

I rigged a leash for my fishing rod in case I drop it in the drink. Instead of tying it to my seat, I made a loop and used an S-Biner to clip it on. This way if I lose my rod and it gets snagged on something, I can quickly detach it and minimize the danger. Swift current and overhanging trees are my main concern, but a big fish might come along too right?!


3. Clothespin

Makeshift clotheslines are great for doing camp laundry or drying your swimwear, but a gust of wind could whip your wet clothes off to Kansas if you don’t secure them. A small s-biner makes a secure clothespin in a pinch!


2. Keys

I have two categories of keys, and a few keys I don’t need or use all the time. I keep these on a tiny S-Biner so I can remove them and slim down my pocket mess when needed.


1. Water bottle

I don’t often use my water bladder since these bottles are more versatile and adapt nicely to my water filter. Sometimes I don’t feel like reaching back to get the bottle from my side pocket, so I made a small loop of rope to hang it from my shoulder strap.



5 Sizes

You can get S-Biners in many sizes in colors directly from the NITE IZE website, Amazon, or most likely your local outdoor store.


  • JoshX

    Pretty cool gadget, are they heavy though?

  • Nick Kane

    If you are goin to use a small s-biner for keys, id advise against it, some of my keys have fallen off from time to time because either the spring isnt strong enough or its not recessed far enough into the hook. There are a thousand more uses for these otherwise.

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