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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
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.
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.
Mad Rock Concorde Quickdraw One Color, 10cm
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 carabiners on the market.
Sale Price: $14.21
Black Diamond connected a hot-forged Nitron straight-gate biner and a hot-forged HotWire carabiner to create the light, versatile and smooth clipping Black Diamond HotWire Quickdraw. The snag-free keylock Nitron takes the hassle out of cleaning routes, and the HotWire's large rope-bearing surface and flat gate-to-rope interface make for smooth clipping in any climbing application.
Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw Set
The Black Diamond Positron quickdraw set offers lots of performance features at an excellent value.
With hot-forged HoodWire carabiners on the top and bottom, the Black Diamond HoodWire Quickdraw fuses keylock performance with wiregate functionality. From overhanging clip-ups to frigid alpine ridges, the HoodWire biner's metal hood eliminates snags when cleaning, and the wiregate design lowers the weight and resists freezing in winter conditions. The 12 mm Dynex(TM) dogbone provides a light,...
Loon Outdoors Rogue Quick Draw Forcep
The ultimate hemostat, thoughtfully designed from the tips to the jaws to the handle. The tight angles and engineered shape accommodate all fly sizes, allow for easy hook removal, and can crimp even the heaviest of barbs. Oversized thumb and finger holes accomodate large or gloved hands, and the compact cutting surface easily clips light or heavy leader.
Omega Pacific Omegalite 4.0 Wiregate Quickdraw 5PK, Bright Flame, 6-inch
Sale Price: $44.99
No longer considered appropriate solely for sport climbs or "clip-ups," quickdraws have become standard equipment on almost every climber's rack. Crack climbers, trad climbers and ice climbers alike all agree that they're time-savers and a vital piece of the climbing system. Used to reduce rope drag and to prevent accidental dislodging of protection on the lead, quickdraws are specialized...
Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw 5-Pack
The Black Diamond Positron 5-Pack gives you five 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 and cleaning. Units not subject to recall.
Arnette Quick Draw AN4178 Wrap Polarized Sunglasses
Go back to the beginning with Quick Draw. Challenge convention in this tried and true rectangular style.
Camp USA Orbit Wire Express KS Quickdraw 5-Pack
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
Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraw
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 DJINN straight gate (upper part of the draw): facilitates clipping and unclipping DJINN bent gate...
Aspen QuikDraw RAP Back Brace with Large Anterior Panel
The Aspen QuikDraw RAP Back Brace is a comfortable, effective, and easy to use device for chronic back pain or minimally invasive surgery patients. Sized according to male or female pant sizes this back brace is a high quality product that incorporates two draw strings that easily control and adjust compression around the lumbar region. Even patients with limited hand strength can utilize the drawstring...
CAMP USA Photon Mixed Express KS Quickdraw - 5-Pack
Camp USA's 5-Pack of Photon Mixed Express KS Quickdraws is light for faraway climbs and convenient for your hardest projects yet. The Photon straight gate carabiner has a keylock nose to easy bolt clipping and cleaning, and the Photon wire has a bent gate for better rope-clipping ergonomics. Camp USA equipped the durable dogbone with a Karstop Evo retainer that stabilizes the Photon wire gate...