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The Quickdraw

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The quickdraw is ideal for sport and indoor rock climbing. Quickdraws reduce rope drag when a rope is pulled through a series of carabiners which are not necessarily aligned.

What Does a Quickdraw Do

The quickdraw allows the rope to pull to the center and allow a less resistive path from the belay point to the climber. The quickdraw is made of two non-locking carabineers connected with a sewn webbing. One of the carabineers is a non-locking bent gate carabineer and the other is a non-locking straight-gate carabineer. The carabineers are attached with a sling. The sling can vary in length from about 5 cm to 25 cm or 4-1/2 to 10 inches. The webbing is made from a strong material and usually it is sewn on to the carabineer. It can also be tied using a runner or sling. Either of the carabineers may be snap gate or wire gate type.

Quickdraw Description and Components

The Quickdraw has one straight gate carabineer and one bent gate carabineer. The bent gate carabineer should always be the one clipped to the rope. For leading and top roping at an indoor climbing wall usually a quickdraw is already attached to each of the protection points on the route. The lower carabineer, (the one with the bent gate) should be clipped so the gate is pointing away from the rope and pointing away from the climbing wall or rock face. Doing this will help prevent the quickdraw from twisting the gate into the wall. The rope should run freely through the spine of each carabineer, not along the gate. The spine is the strongest part of the carabineer.

Z-Clipping A Quickdraw

Z-clipping happens when the climber grabs the rope under the last clipped quickdraw. In other words, on the rope going to the belayer. Then attempts to clip the next protection using that rope. This usually happens when protection is close together. See diagram.

Example of a Z-Clipped Quickdraw

Z Clip Example

Example of a Z Clipped Quickdraw. This occurs when the climber incorrectly grabs the rope going to the belayer instead of the rope going to his harness, then pulls it up to the next quickdraw. This type of clipping could cause the gate to twist against the rope and open; and causes excessive rope drag, not to mention a red face.

Correct Clip Example

Example of correct clipping. The climber should grab the rope going from the quickdraw to his harness, then pull it up to the next quickdraw. The rope stays free and has the lease amount of rope drag.

EDC stainless steel multifunction quickdraw carabiner guard keychain key holder

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Size: 8.8 * 5cm Material: Stainless steel Function: Word screwdriver, wrench, carabiner, key holder Features:Fast hung in a versatile, increase can carry the key blade tools. Expanding the key blade is removable. All stainless steel on durable wear more robust and stable. Size and compact design also...

EDC stainless steel multifunction quickdraw carabiner guard keychain key holder

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Size: 8.8 * 5cm Material: Stainless steel Function: Word screwdriver, wrench, carabiner, key holder Features:Fast hung in a versatile, increase can carry the key blade tools. Expanding the key blade is removable. All stainless steel on durable wear more robust and stable. Size and compact design also...

Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw

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When Black Diamond designed the Positron Quickdraw, they aimed for value and utility. We'd say they hit the mark. Thanks to dual Positron carabiners, climbers can enjoy full keylock convenience and not have to worry about snagging a rope while clipping. A Straitjacket insert maintains bottom carabiner...

Black Diamond Posiwire Quickdraw

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With a snag-free Positron carabiner on top and a lightweight, easy-clipping original HotWire carabiner on bottom, the Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw combines smooth clippability and wiregate functionality. The 14 mm DynexTM dogbone is not only durable and easy to grab, but it features our Straitjacket...

Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw

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Black Diamond Freewire Quickdraw - The Freewire Quickdraw by Black Diamond is a light, versatile draw that is perfect for the climber on a budget. It comes complete with a pair of new cold-forged HotWire carabiners on the top and bottom, and the dual wiregates eliminate any chance of gate flutter. Cold-forged...

FreeWire Quickdraw (2015)

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Perfect for the sport climber on a budget, the Black Diamond Freewire Quickdraw gives full wiregate performance without emptying your wallet. Two wiregate Quicksilver biners and a durable 18 mm nylon dogbone make for a light, all-purpose quickdraw that's at home everywhere from sport routes to alpine...

Posiwire Quickdraw (2015)

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With a snag-free Positron carabiner on top and a lightweight, easy-clipping original HotWire carabiner on bottom, the Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw combines smooth clippability and wiregate functionality. The 14 mm DynexTM dogbone is not only durable and easy to grab, but it features our Straitjacket...

Black Diamond HotWire Quickdraw

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Black Diamond designed the versatile HotWire Quickdraw to meet all your clipping needs. By combining a HotWire carabiner and Nitron straight-gate 'biner, Black Diamond achieved a lightweight and smooth-clipping combo. With the HotWire's large rope-bearing surface and the snag-free keylock design...

Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw Set

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The Black Diamond Positron quickdraw set offers lots of performance features at an excellent value.

Black Diamond Oz Quickdraw

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Black Diamond Nitron Quickdraw

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At under 100 grams, the Black Diamond Nitron Quickdraw to be your go-to, lightweight draw for tackling your next sport project. Its keylock construction makes for snag-free clipping, and the bent-gate design means that each clip is smooth and secure.

Oz Quickdraw (2015)

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As Black Diamonds lightest quickdraw in their line, the Oz Quickdraw doesn't sacrifice performance or functionality. Featuring hot-forged Oz carabiners on the top and bottom, as well as a lightweight 12 cm Dynex dogbone, this draw is ready to go on any climb where a light rack is needed.

Black Diamond HoodWire Quickdraw Set

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Weighing in at only 82g and featuring 2 snag-free 'biners, the Black Diamond HoodWire quickdraw set won't slow you down on challenging sport climbs.

Bravo Long Quickdraw

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Metolius Long Draws are perfect for those long, wandering sport routes or if you have to pull a few roofs with awkward bolts. They have combined the top-selling Bravo carabiner with a classic 11 mm Monster sling for bomber durability and yet light weight.

Petzl Ange Finesse Quickdraw Set

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Climb without hesitation with the Petzl Ange Finesse quickdraws. They're light, strong and easy to clip to help you cruise up sport climbs.

Black Diamond Posiwire Quickpack (6 Pack)

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The Black Diamond PosiWire Quickpack gives you six of our PosiWire quickdraws that combine the smooth clipping and cleaning of the Positron carabiner with the light weight and multi-purpose function of our original HotWire carabiner.

Black Diamond Positron Quickpack Quickdraw Set - Package of 6

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Load up with this Black Diamond Positron Quickpack quickdraw set and head out to the crag.

Ariat Women's Quickdraw Badlands Boot Wide Square Toe

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Ariat Men's Quickdraw Western Boot

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A true horseman's boot, the Quickdraw is a classic that performs in the toughest conditions. The uppers are premium full-grain leather with a handsome eight-row stitch pattern. Tough, flexible DuratreadTM rubber outsoles resist elements and barnyard acids. ATSTM technology keeps feet riding securely...

Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraw

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FEATURES of the Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraw Large gate opening facilitates manipulations H-shaped cross section offers an improved strength/weight ratio Wide contact surfaces for better rope glide and reduced wear on the carabiner Nose and Keylock system helps avoid the carabiner snagging during maneuvers...

Camp USA Orbit Wire Express KS Quickdraw 5-Pack

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FEATURES of the Camp USA Orbit Wire Express KS Quickdraw 5-Pack Equipped with a straight gate Orbit Wire for the bolt end and a bent gate for the rope end 16 mm polyester dogbones available in 11 and 18 cm lengths

Mad Rock Concorde Express Quickdraw Set - 6-Pack

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High-end climbing gearing is rarely priced with high-end dirt bag climbers in mind. But that's no longer the case thanks to the Mad Rock Concorde Express Quickdraw 6-Pack. The aluminum wire gate 'biners and Dyneema dog bones allow these smooth clipping draws to weigh in at a featherlight three...
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