- Buyer's Guide
We’ve joined forces with the experts ar Orbitkey to create something truly special – something that pushes the boundaries of innovation in the world of carry. Meet the most advanced and versatile keychain ecosystem on the planet:
The Orbitkey X Carryology Hydra System.
Designed to change the way we carry keys – with a carabiner, belt hook and keyring working in tandem – making access easier, and transitions smoother, while pushing the performance of hardware and materials to the cutting-edge.
As always, these collabs are limited editions, as we suspect this to sell out quickly. But, as a Carryology reader, you have an exclusive access window of 2 hours until this collab gets revealed across the internet... so act quickly and click the link below!
UPDATE: one final batch will go up on Huckberry.com on the 10/21. Hope ya'll score one!
Free standard shipping worldwide on orders over $40. Standard time (3-7 days)
Orbitkey ship from:
- Utah for US and Canada orders
- Melbourne for Australian orders + orders with monogramming
- Hong Kong to the rest of the world
Please allow for an additional 1-2 days for packing and processing.
Clip setup (LxWxH)-115x35x10mm/4.5x1.4x0.4 inch (measured at thickest sections, excluding keys)
Belt hook setup (LxWxH) -75x35x10mm/3x1.4x0.4 inch (measured at thickest sections, excluding keys)
Secure Fidlock Mechanism for quick yet secure detach and attach.
Comes with an additional Belt Hook for added versatility – transition between different bags / belt loop.
Individually CNC-machined for precision with great accuracy.
Easy to use custom Keyring - eliminates the need for an extra keyring.
Collaborated with Carryology
Limited run of 500 units
Premium Box packaging
Two heads are better than one
Pure magnetism (controlled)
There was only one way to make the transitions between the two heads of Hydra fast and smooth – magnets. And there’s only one brand we trust when it comes to magnets – Fidlock. And so we went with their most premium of options.
Each head of the Hydra is embedded with a high-strength N45 grade neodymium magnet. Strong enough to pull your keys to its rightful place from inches away with a satisfying and vocal click (warning: this clicking of your keys on and off is highly addictive).
And Fidlock’s magnets are of the highest quality on the planet, designed to securely keep your keys on an magnetic plate, and only release them when they’re lifted from a certain angle, but we wanted to build in one more line of defence, for peace of mind (these are your keys after all).
How was this done? With a very clean innovation: the pull tab, which is used to lift and transfer the keys, has been specially designed to move when needed, so it naturally remains vertical for easy location without looking, but rotates downward with any downward force, preventing the Fidlock from becoming accidentally dislodged by errant brushes or knocks.
An indestructible beast
You know we geek out of the very best materials and construction techniques. And this wouldn’t be a system worthy of the name of a mythical and indestructible beast unless we took it to the next level. So that’s exactly what we’ve done: no keychain comes close in the materials and construction department.
You won’t find any Cordura webbing here or plastic clips or belt hooks, no no. We’ve gone all in, with a mystifying mix of individually CNC machined aircraft-grade 6063 aluminium alloy, Hypalon webbing, ultra-high strength nylon, and tough-as-nails heat-treated stainless steel.
Where is all this goodness? Well, let’s dig in.
Custom backing plate (CNC machined in 6063 aluminium alloy)
First, we custom-built the Fidlock anchor (backing plate) and threw away Fidlock’s off-the-shelf unit. Not that it wasn’t great, but it was plastic and chunky. Instead we individually CNC machined a new part using high-strength aluminium alloy, making the geometry as slim as possible whilst enhancing its construction and strength.
Carabiner (CNC machined in 6063 aluminium alloy)
Next, the Carabiner. Again individually CNC machined in 6063 aluminium alloy. Black anodised from that all-black goodness with a laser-etched logo. And specifically designed to give the best Carabiner experience. How? Well, a larger than standard gate allows you to attach to more carry options. Secondly, there’s increased surface contact between the two parts (gate and outer clip) which helps reduce side-to-side gate movement, a common issue with regular carabiners. And unlike other carabiners, there aren't any sharp corners where your thumb rests on the gate – which means it’s super comfortable to operate day in and day out.
Why CNC machining?
This process takes raw material (in this case a block of 6063 aluminium alloy) and shapes it using a material removal procedure with a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine.
Although considered excessively laborious for most mass manufactured products, we chose to use CNC machining for a very good reason: precision machining creates highly sophisticated hardware with unparalleled accuracy, ensuring that it works perfectly as intended – day in, day out.
Fun fact: it takes an average of 3,705 seconds to machine the Clip and 5,654 seconds for the custom-designed FIDLOCK Female Part.
Funner fact: gifted with each Hydra System will be an package of metal shavings from the aluminium block used to machine the hardware on your Hydra. Well, just for a little fun!
Custom D-ring (heat-treated stainless steel)
Detachable and custom-designed to fit with the Fidlock part, and made from heat-treated stainless steel 304 wire, the D-ring snaps off its holster and allows you to easily add or remove keys to a small opening – reducing bulk by eliminating the need for an extra key ring and fitting any keys, including most car keys.
Belt hook (CNC bent durable stainless steel 304H)
The heat treated stainless steel ensures that the belt hook has maximum strength to take any hit, but flexible enough to bend to even the largest of belt widths or backpack panel. This is a hook made to last – and to keep things tight and secure when attached.
Pull Tab and Webbing (Hypalon and ultra-high strength nylon stitching)
Designed for performance (and used in Navy SEAL inflatable boats), Hypalon has a naturally-grippy surface, making sure that you can pull your keys on and off the “anchor” confidently. Light. Strong. And badass.