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It’s alive.

Black Diamond took its high-performance Dynotron and LiveWire carabiners, slapped a 12cm vari-width dogbone between them, and officially called it the LiveWire Quickdraw. Unofficially, we call it the smoothest clipping, most badass-looking draw we’ve seen in years. The wiregate biner’s draw-friendly surface and Black Diamond’s Straitjacket (a rubberized dogbone insert that holds the biner in place) keep everything properly oriented and ready to clip when your forearms are gassed, and the hooded nose protects the wire gate opening when you pitch off at the crux.

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5 5

Might be better than Spirits

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used Petzl Spirits for a long time and these might be better. They have a larger nose to the biners, making clipping even smoother and less likely to get a finger caught. Also, the bottom of the biners are flat, therefore the sit in the dog one straight and don't kink to the side like spirits do.

5 5

#2 draw...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these draws. I own almost entirely BD 'biners and 4 different types of BD quickdraws. These are second only to my Petzl Spirit Express draws. That being said, they are still 5 star draws! The Spirits are just crisper, smoother, and seem like they will outlast these. My Livewires are still going strong though. They are still very smooth, lightweight, and the thicker dogbone is useful to prevent twisting draws (a problem I have had with all of my dyneema draws... I'm sticking with nylon slings now!) The green biners look sexy on the wall, but at the end of the day I'd rather save a couple bucks and get Petzl Spirits. I considered docking a star for the lack of options in terms of sling length, but I still appreciate these draws too much to do so...

5 5

Great Quickdraw

I can't lie, I love this quickdraw. However, as many others have said, it's very expensive. That said, it's super strong and you definitely feel confident with it. It's worth the investment if you have the money. Don't make excuses about the additional weight, just get stronger.

Livewire vs. Oxygen/Wildwire

Livewire vs. Oxygen/Wildwire

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Side by side comparison of 12 cm Black Diamond Livewire vs. 17 cm Wild Country Oxygen/WildWire

BD Livewire vs. WC Oxygen/WildWire

BD Livewire vs. WC Oxygen/WildWire

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Black Diamond Livewire vs. Wild Country Oxygen/WildWire - Note the slight difference in the shape of the wire gate carabiner.

Strength of Livewire Carabiner

Strength of Livewire Carabiner

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25 kN (Major Axis)
8 kN (Minor Axis)

5 5

Pefection

I've been wanting these draws forever. I finally broke down and bought them. I love how thick the boning is in between the draws, it makes them super solid and keeps me confident that they will hold strong. Love this draw!

5 5

Best Sport Draws

This is my first set of draws, and they are great. Yes they are expensive, but these are the best you can buy. These don't twist at all, with the thick dog-bone. They are heavier than other draws, but who cares. Both the 'biners are great, you have the dynotron on top and the livewire on the bottom. Both very high quality Carabiners. All i can say is they are excellent. Wish they offered them in different lengths. Great Draws, would recommend them to anyone.

5 5

Hooked!

When I first starting sport climbing I wasn't sure which quickdraw to go with given the many options avaliable. Then I climbed with my buddy who had a set of LiveWires. As soon as I got home from that trip I had a set of 12 in the mail coming my way. The thick dogbone makes hitting those just out of reach bolts a snap. The upper Dynotron biner is very smooth and easily slids into place on bolts. The wire gate is smooth but provides enough resistance to feel confident once you have the rope in it. They may weigh more than other biners but if your saying the weight of your quickdraws is preventing your sport ascent your pulling at excuses! Hands down the best quickdraw out there. The saying is true, you get what you pay for.

5 5

Green with envy...

I dont own these draws, but have climbed on them and after doing so, turned a similar colour to them in envy!! they truely are awesome and seriously thinking of them for an addition to the 'redpointing rack'.
Clipping is totally seamless on both ends, and lets be honest - us sport climbers really dont care about weight, so who's complaining about the thicker dogbone?? Not me. Makes all the difference when, also much like a sportclimber, i'm doing the desperate two-handed grasp at the nylon with my sweaty little hands to prevent that fun little whipper my no-so-paying-attention belayer has set me up for. These define the word "dog"bone! Oh how i love sport climbing.... almost as much as these draws! Get em'!

5 5

Green with envy...

I dont own these draws, but have climbed on them and after doing so, turned a similar colour to them in envy!! they truely are awesome and seriously thinking of them for an addition to the 'redpointing rack'.
Clipping is totally seamless on both ends, and lets be honest - us sport climbers really dont care about weight, so who's complaining about the thicker dogbone?? Not me. Makes all the difference when, also much like a sportclimber, i'm doing the desperate two-handed grasp at the nylon with my sweaty little hands to prevent that fun little whipper my no-so-paying-attention belayer has set me up for. These define the word "dog"bone! Oh how i love sport climbing.... almost as much as these draws! Get em'!

5 5

Best Draw ive Used!!!

So its obviously not the lightest one in the world but i must say its easy to clip easy to hang on and doesnt twist around like most thinner dyneema dogbones. The dogbone is durable and the carabiners have super smooth great action.

5 5

Best Sport Draws I've Used..

I was originally shocked at how light these draws were despite the beefy dogbone and one straight gate carabiner. The straight gate biner clips into bolts so easily and the wire gate is just as easy and smooth with the rope. Some of the smoothest clipping action I've felt on a draw, like a hot knife through butter! The beefy dogbone gives confidence and doesn't twist as much as the usual skinnier counterparts. I kept commenting aloud at the crag to my friend how much I liked these that other climbers asked to check them or try them out. Needless to say, they agreed! After using the BD Freewire for years, this is a well worth upgrade.

5 5

New BD Livewire Review

It's everything that is good about a draw. The bottom wire crab is easy to clip, to the point that you have to sight the fact that the rope is in. The top crab is solid yet light and perfect to handle. If you clip bolts and redpointing is your thing, you should have these.

5 5

Awesome

Just to second what everyone else has said.

I have had a few def kinds of draws and these are sick.

I like the thicker webbing for sure.
I like spectra for some stuff because its lighter but these are real nice.

Nicer then the petzl for sure

5 5

Smooth and Crisp

I love these draws. The keylock end slides easily on and off bolts and the wiregate snaps the rope smoothly into place. Thicker dogbone is probably not as light as the dynex ones but I love how they don't twist around.

Smooth and Crisp
5 5

The perfect quickdraw

I love love love these quickdraws. They are lightweight, durable and extremely easy to use. The wide dogbone leaves you totally in control, never letting the draw twist or fail. The carabiners are extremely strong, durable, and have easily-clippable gates. I love and highly recommend these draws.

5 5

The New Highness

This is the best draw out there for sport climbing, I took the same livewire/dynotron setup to my extendable trad draws and they rock just as much

Livewire Quickdraw Technology: The latest in carabiners and quickdraws from Black Diamond.

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Find out what makes the LiveWire Quickdraw one of Black Diamond's best and easiest-to-use sport climbing draws from Bill Belcourt, Black Diamond's Climbing Hardgoods Category Manager.

When using this quickdraw, which carabiner...

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When using this quickdraw, which carabiner should be clipped to the route, and which be clipped to the rope-- and why?

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To simply answer the question, this draw is designed to use the wire gated side for the rope, which is really useful if you clip the draw onto the bolt, and then pull the rope up with just your hand to the hanging draw. A wire gate is easier slap the rope into than a regular bar gate.

That said, I usually clip the rope and then the draw, using the draw like a pulley for the rope. Since getting the rope into the hanging draw isn't usually on my concern list, I don't think I would pay $25 for this draw, but if you DO clip the hanger first, then yeah, great quickdraw. Also, as Silas Shirley said, it won't twist around on you.

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The method Lyric described for clipping is not as safe as the conventional method of hanging the draw on the bolt first and then clipping the bolt. If you blow the clip while the draw is on the rope and not the bolt, the draw will fall down on top of your head after you fall, a big problem if you are not wearing a helmet.
To answer your question, the wire gate biner is meant to clip the rope into, while the straight solid gate goes on the bolt.

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