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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.

Hotwire Quickdraw

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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.

Petzl Spirit Express Quickdraw Set

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The Petzl Spirit Express quickdraw set is designed for quickly clipping bolts and extending gear placements so you can get through the crux and continue on to the top of the climb.

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.

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Quickdraw with ultra-light ANGE carabiners. ANGE FINESSE quickdraw is equipped with the new ANGE S and ANGE L carabiners. Petzl's MonoFil Keylock technology and the H-profile make these carabiners ultra-light and optimize their strength-to-weight ratio. They are also extremely durable, as are the new FINESSE Dyneema slings. The ANGE FINESSE quickdraw is equipped with the STRING S to correctly...

Orbit Wire Express KS Quickdraw Anodized Five Pack

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The Orbit Wire Express by C.A.M.P. is a fantastic and affordable quickdraw. Equipped with a straight gate for the bolt end and bent gate for the rope end. The bent gate Orbit Wire has the best clipping action of any biner in recent history.

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 carabiners on the market.

Metolius Inferno Wiregate Carabiner Quickdraw 5pk

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FEATURES of the Metolius Inferno Wiregate Carabiner Quickdraw 5 Pack Packaged set of 5 quickdraws The SPECS for 5" Length: 5" / 12.7 cm The SPECS for 7" Length: 7" / 17.8 cm

Mad Rock Concorde Quickdraw

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Mad Rock is known for offering high-performance gear at a moderate price, and the new Concord Quickdraw holds true to tradition. Featuring warm forged aluminum wire-gate 'biners and a sleek Dyneema dog bone, this draw provides silky smooth clipping, a featherlight weight of just three ounces, and a price tag that won't break the bank.

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

Petzl Djinn Steel Axess Quickdraws - 10 Pack

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FEATURES of the Petzl Djinn Steel Axess Quickdraws - 10 Pack DJINN Still bent gate carabiner Steel carabiner for greater durability, with aluminum gate to retain same clipping feel as the DJINN carabiner Large gate opening facilitates manipulation and clipping the rope Wider rope contact surface for better rope glide and reduced wear on the carabiner Nose and Keylock system designed to prevent the...

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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 DJINN straight gate (upper part of the draw): facilitates clipping and unclipping DJINN bent gate...

CAMP USA Photon Mixed Express KS Quickdraw - 5-Pack

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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...

Black Diamond 12mm Dynex Dogbone Quickdraw Sling

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Build your quickdraws with the Black Diamond Dogbones for easy-clipping performance when it matters most. Dogbones use rubber inserts to keep carabiners correctly oriented. Don't blow the redpoint because of a rotated biner and botched clip. Dogbones are available in 12cm and 18cm lengths in both Dynex and nylon. Material: Nylon or Dynex - Strength: 22kN - Dimensions: 12cm, 18cm - Recommended...

Camp USA Photon Express KS Quickdraw - 5-Pack

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FEATURES of the Camp USA Photon Express KS Quickdraw - 5-Pack For sport climbing The ultimate quickdraw for overhanging sport routes Equipped with a straight gate Photon carabiner for bolts and a bent gate Photon carabiner for the rope end 16 mm polyester dogbones available in 11, 15 and 20 cm lengths feature the new patented Karstop Evo carabiner retainer on the rope end Ready for the onsight Lightweight...
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