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Black Diamond's classic do-it-all draw—the QuickWire Quickdraw—has a place on your harness for any rock climb you decide to try. The combination of a versatile Quicksilver carabiner and a lightweight Hotwire carabiner on a burly Dynex sling takes on sport climbs and trad climbs every day. Black Diamond QuickWire Quickdraws clip easily, eliminate gate flutter during a fall, and are versatile enough for use on any route that requires quickdraws.

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So I'm building my first rack of quickdraws...

So I'm building my first rack of quickdraws and I'm deciding between the quickwire, quicksilver and freewire. At my local shop they're about the same price. Are they all sufficient? Should I get a variety? I've heard of gate flutter and all that, but I'm not sure how rare it occurs.

On a related note, what about sling/dogbone length, would it be good to have a few longer ones? Thanks for the help.

Gate flutter is when a solid gate carabiner hits against the rock face and the gate pops open potentially allowing the rope to slip out. You can show this by taking a solid gate biner and hitting it against the palm of your hand. You should be able to get it to pop open doing that. Wiregate biners don't do this because the lower weight/mass of the gate makes it so you can't really pop it open. It isn't common but it is something I'd recommend using wire gates for to prevent. Wiregates are also lighter so it won't hurt to go wiregate.

Slings are usually 12cm long and that is usually just fine. It's a good idea to have some longer draws for those uncommon situations where you need them.

You don't necessarily need to have a variety of draws unless you want to. I personally have 10 of the Firewires and 2 longer draws and that works out fine for me

So if I were you I'd go with the Quickwire or the Freewire. Both have wiregates on the rope end of the draw. The Freewire is a little lighter since both biners are wiregates if weight is something you pay attention to though their weight difference isn't huge.


Exactly what you need

    These draws have a really smooth gate which makes for an easy clip. They are super light and are the right price if you are trying to build a rack for yourself. Classic Black Diamond quality and tough enough to last a long time.


    Exactly what you need

      These draws have a really smooth gate which makes for an easy clip. They are super light and are the right price if you are trying to build a rack for yourself. Classic Black Diamond quality and tough enough to last a long time.

      The BD Quickwire in action

      The BD Quickwire in action

      Some people like their 'biners facing opposite directions. These people are fools.

      I am about to purchase my first set of...

      I am about to purchase my first set of quickdraws, and I was wondering how much difference in drag reduction a longer dogbone would make?


      Best Answer

      Not much, most sport routes are bolted pretty well to accomodate normal length draws.


      Quality Quickdraws

        Great BD quality. If you are trying to decide on what quickdraws to buy, get these. The wiregates do help when clipping your rope.


        Best choice for starter rack

          These are about as light as you can get, perfectly strong enough to protect any lead fall, and it's BD so you know it's quality gear. Probably most importantly for most is the best price when it comes to QUALITY quickdraws. The wire gate is noticeably easier to clip then BD's bent gate, so it's worth the extra little cost. The only issue I have with these is that since the dogbone is so narrow it tends to rotate more front to back and can make a cruxey clip harder to stick. Great for beginners to learn proper (and more efficient) clipping hand technique. For sport routes that do not wander, they are definately the best choice.

          um...this is for Angus did...

          um...this is for Angus did come across very rude, but maybe I should have been more specific. My boyfriend is a skilled climber/repeller and I was trying to surprise him for his birthday and buy him all the gear so he can go with his buddies on a rock climbing trip at Crowder Mountain. I on the other hand don't really have a clue & was trying to figure out what to buy him!

          I am truly sorry. Your question makes much more sense from a gift point of view, and I apologize for my previous answer. These are awesome draws that any climber would love to be given as a gift. Like I said in my previous answer, if you are actually trying to stock his entire trip, then you will need 10-15 (which is expensive), but speaking from a climber's point of view, every piece of gear that you are given is welcome. In that case, one would be appreciated hugely. Sorry I was rude.Nice response Angus it proves you are strong to admit your wrong.

          do i need to buy a set of two...

          do i need to buy a set of two of them? or will one be ok for rock climbing?

          Best Answer

          Have you ever been climbing at all? Like ever? I don't mean to be rude, but your question is something you really desperately need to know the answer to before you venture out on your own. To answer it, yes. You need to buy a set. When leading, you clip a draw (one of these) to each and every bolt on the way up. Again, if you didn't already know that, you shouldn't be leading at all. How many is in a set depends on where you climb, how long the routes are, how closely bolted they are, whether you feel like skipping clips (which you shouldn't), and a number of other factors, but count on needing 10 at the very least. I have 16 and have still encountered routes that needed more. I sincerely hope this was some kind of sarcastic joke, because a question like that gives me serious concerns that you will be in the next issue of Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Make good choices.


          Nice draws

            These draws are lightweight and proven in combat against some tough routes. Go with the longer draw if your route wanders to keep rope drag down. Go with the shorter if you want to keep weight down to a minimum.


            BD Quickwire

              i love the action of the wiregate and the weight on these draws. i have been pushing myself on harder sport routes recently and these draws are fantastically quick to clip and go.