Will Black Diamond’s revolutionary Magentron locker attract a following?

Magnetron Technology: The reinvention of the auto-locking carabiner, coming July 2012 from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo.

Revolutionary may be a strong word. Then again, maybe not.

Under the auspices that typical screw lockers are cumbersome, the climbing gear Edison’s at BD have created the Magnetron, an alternative that uses two magnetized arms to seal the gate shut. Pull them away from the gate, which serves as the attraction intermediary, and they repel each other to unlock. It’s freaking brilliant.

It’s supposed to arrive about a year from now. Considering climbing gear is designed solely to prevent us from feeling the effects of nature’s mightiest, most constant force, it only makes sense that we leverage another such principle of physics to stay afloat. Oh, and if it matters (and we know it does to some), the visual design of the Magnetron is nothing short of awesome.