I believe - if you go back down into the sands of time - that I’m one of the earliest cheerleaders for racking wires on ovals (I’m thinking mid 90’s pieces in High magazine). Of course, it wasn’t my idea, but Dick Turnbull’s at Outside, but for years people thought it was a shit idea, and that you just dropped all your wires.
The idea though, with an oval, was that the wires don’t bunch up in the nose like a D krab, and so sit nicer and are easier to place, and twenty years on it seems to be a thing. I’ve used loads of ovals for the job, Lucky, BD, Petzl, but the new DMM PerfectO seems to be getting close to perfection (I’d try and make the opening end easier to spot, even by just adding a red rivet in the gate perhaps).
At the moment I have three of these krabs and being a fan of colour coding (or color coding if you’re American), I divide them as follows:
- Blue is ‘Big Blue’ or ‘Le Grand Bleu’, and so all the big wires go on there (walnuts, offsets and super lights).
- Orange is ‘Orange isn’t the only fruit’, meaning mid sizes (as oranges are midsize fruit right?).
- Green is for peas, and so the smallest sizes.
I guess I could do with a red one as well, for carrying micros, but I’d have to think up some way of making that fit within the AK colour scale (maybe Red or Dead?).