Sometimes small things matter.  In helicopter rescue work, small things always matter. LSC’s Product Development Manager, Mario Vittone, explains why that thin wire gate on the equipment hook of your Tri-Sar can make the difference between success and failure.  But what is true of the Whichard Carabiner on a Tri-Sar is true of all carabiners; the gate matters.  Operators should make sure the gate is engaged and clear before taking a load on any gated device.  Here is why: