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The Quickdraw

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.

Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw Carabiner

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DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw Carabiner Quicksilver wiregates on top and bottom Dual wiregates eliminate any chance of gate flutter Equipped with a 18 mm nylon dogbone with Straitjacket The SPECS for 12 Length: 12 cm Width: 18 mm Weight: 3.5 oz / 100 g The SPECS for 18 Length:...

FreeWire Quickdraw

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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...

Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw

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DECENT FEATURES of the Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw Straight gate Positron on top and bentgate Positron on the bottom Dual keylocks ease clipping and cleaning Equipped with a 14 mm Dynex dogbone with Straitjacket The SPECS for 12 Length: 12 cm Width: 14 mm Weight: 3.8 oz / 107 g The SPECS for 18...

Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw

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Your dedication to keeping it simple just reached a new level. You roll up to the crag in the back of your buddy's bus, slip on your duct tape shoes, and rack up a few of the Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraws you bought with your shoe-hock money. Simple is the name of the game, and each straight-and-wire-gate...

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 Positron Quickdraw Set

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

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.

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 HoodWire Quickdraw

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There's nothing worse than fumbling with a tricky clip during the crux move of your sport project. Eliminate the post-fall frustrations and sloppy clipping with the Black Diamond HoodWire Quickdraw. Black Diamond's patented stainless steel wire hood keeps the 'biner from snagging on slings...

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.

Oz Quickdraw

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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.

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.

Helium Clean Wire Quickdraw

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Wild Country's Helium Clean Wire Quickdraw comes in three lengths, is on superlight 10mm Dyneema, and at a remarkable 73 grams / 2.57oz for the 10cm is the most advanced and lightest full size draw in the world. This makes it perfect for on-sighting on bolts or when you're on a big trad route...

Kong Express Frog Quickdraw Carabiner (12-cm)

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All Kong carabiners are CE and UIAA certified. Colors may vary.

Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw - 18CM - 5 Pk

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Providing great bang for your buck, the FreeWire Quickdraw from Black Diamond is a great addition to your arsenal. Two Quicksilver wiregate biners reduce weight and get rid of any chance of gate flutter. The thick nylon dogbone prevents the carabiners from spinning and makes for easy handling and clipping...

Mad Rock Concorde Express Quickdraw - 6 Pack

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The warm-forging manufacturing process we use for the Concorde draw enables us to offer you both value and perfomance. Weighing in at 87 grams and connected with a Dyneema sling, the Concorde draw boasts 26kN along the Major Axis and 10kN along the Minor, making it one of the strongest aluminum wire...

Black Diamond Positron Quickpack (6 Pack)

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The Black Diamond Positron Quickpack gives you six of BD's light, versatile Positron quickdraws that are ideal for any climbing application. Whether you're clipping bolts at the crag or extending placements in the alpine, these quickdraws provide full keylock functionality for hassle-free clipping...

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.

Fusion Contigua/Techno Zoom Quickdraw Carabiner (Set of 6)

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FUSION CONTIGUA/TECHNO ZOOM ULTRA LITE BENT GATE/STRAIGHT GATE CARABINERS. FUSION QUICK DRAW SETS OF 6. 11 CENTIMETERS LONG. COLORS ARE (GRY/BLK 11-CM).

Petzl Spirit Express 12cm Quickdraw

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FEATURES of the Petzl Spirit Express 12cm Quickdraw Spirit Carabiners H-shaped profile offers an improved strength/ weight ratio Wider contact surfaces for better rope glide and reduced wear on the carabiner Spirit straight gate (upper part): facilitates clipping and unclipping, thanks to the Keylock...

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...
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