Full disclosure: Heroclip sent us samples for review. The review was independently produced and objective.
All images were taken by the author.
Carabiners have been around for a long time and the design has remained, for the most part, similar. Even modern takes on carabiners like the ones from Nite-Ize , which do take an interesting approach, are still basically the same thing. I own several carabiners that I use for a variety of things, but they’re unforgettable tools that I would not miss if they got lost or broke.
In 2015, however, Mina Yoo brought a product to market that is now known as the Heroclip, it’s been written about extensively and highly praised by critics, but we figured we would take a stab at it too. The Heroclip in its most basic description is part carabiner, part hook, and can hold up to 50 pounds.
We did not have a chance to test it on the field, but that is the beauty of this product—it is not exclusively for the outdoors. My Heroclip has gotten tons of use since I began using it two weeks ago for everyday tasks. I use it to hang my backpack from my desk for easy access and hang it on the door when I’m home.
For daypack needs I like to use the Cotopaxi Luzon, which I got from Cairn.
My backpack weighs well over 20 pounds, and when I hang it from the Heroclip, it’s the backpack that can’t stand the weigh—the top strap has begun to tear away from the rest of the bag. My advice for this situation is to make sure whatever you are hanging has the appropriate weight distribution and structural design. When I remove items from the bag and it becomes lighter, it hangs off the Heroclip effortlessly with no sign of tearing.
The Heroclip is made from solid aircraft-grade machine-cut aluminum with anodized finish, and it feels sturdy while at the same time being lightweight. We hung one particularly large object from the Heroclip and it held, despite the weight. I wouldn’t go climbing with this, as they prominently warn on the product, but the Heroclip can hold 50 pounds easily.
One thing I didn’t like about the product is that it’s too big, and it looks bulky when not in use. A smaller clip would be more appropriate to hang smaller items like headphones, handbags, coats or shoes. However, Heroclip just launched a campaign on Indiegogo that we previously wrote about, which addresses this very issue. Now, consumers have the option to buy the Heroclip in three size: small, mini and the original size.
The final verdict is that this is an inexpensive product that will sneak its way into your life in some form or another. For $20 you have a clip and carabiner combo that can handle almost anything you want to hang from it, and it only weighs 2 ounces. Similar to the classic long spoon from MSR, the Heroclip is something you never knew you needed, but you will be glad to have it. The simple and innovative design certainly speaks to the attention to detail of the Heroclip team, and we at Upventur are excited to see what comes next.