Make your send.
Having a proper quickdraw for your redpoint can make or break your send, and the Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw could be considered the most proper of quickdraws as far as sport climbing is concerned. Black Diamond equipped the top Dynotron carabiner with the largest basket of any of its carabiners along with a clever bend at the spine in order to help you clip bolts quickly and efficiently, and the combination of the keylock nose and a straight gate helps you clean your route regardless of how steep it is. The lower LiveWire carabiner features a wire gate with HoodWire technology that prevents the carabiner from snagging, which is something that other wire gates fail to do. This carabiner connects through the Straitjacket in order to stop the draw from swinging around while you clip so you can make your send instead of fumble around and eventually fall.
- Keylock Dynotron carabiner
- Wire gate LiveWire carabiner with HoodWire technology
- 12cm vari-width dogbone with Straitjacket
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It's all the little details that count
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Was very excited to get the chance to take these out for a spin over the weekend. I just want to start by saying that their are a few differences between this and the old model and i'm not this talking about the hoodwire, sorry to all the people with the previous model. In my opinion the best draws you can get on the market right now are these, the DMM Alpha's WC Heliums (Have a set) and the Petzl Spitit Express. I feel like the industry just stepped out ahead of the old classic petzl's. The DMM alpha's and the livewires are right on par with each other in terms of pinch clip and roll clip performance and If I had to describe how good they are I'd say you could just about drop the rope in. At the end of the day, these models use very wide baskets (distance between nose and spine) and that's where the industry really looks like it's going with sports draws.
The top biners on the livewires are the cherry on top; the deep grooves on the gate aren't there just to look good. The hot forged gate sits really well between my fingers for clipping bolts and that's just about the only feature I could separate from the alpha's.
So I believe the 2014 model has a wider basket than previous models, correct me If i'm wrong. If your doing long pitches and a lot of red pointing, get the WC Heliums and buy some wide DB's.