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Black Diamond Vari-width Dogbone

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The carabiner connection.

Build up some quickdraws with the Black Diamond Vari-width Dogbone for project-worthy durability and light weight. This tapered, sewn dogbone features a beefy design that won’t weigh down your rack, as well as a rubber Straitjacket insert to keep the bottom carabiner properly oriented.
  • Item #BLD0428

Tech Specs

Claimed Weight
16 g
Recommended Use
rock climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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Feels good and looks good too

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Preferred the feel to my old thin bd dog bones. It held up to my expectations of a normal draw. (Secured the rope beiner for easy clipping, held a fall) I've only used them on a few climbs so I cannot comment much on durability but they have held up well so far.

25cm dogbone with BD Positron carabiners

25cm dogbone with BD Positron carabiners

Big dogbone

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I needed to find a dogbone to use with a couple of Black Diamond RockLocks. And this dogbone did the job. It fits 2 full size rocklocks perfectly. These things are burly. My pitbull got a hold of one once and couldn't tear it apart. After 3 days I finally threw it away. All in all a great dogbone.

BD Vari-width vs. Petzl Express

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Petzl is thinner through the body, but the material is a tighter weave (not as floppy). Wider BD body compensates for looser weave, both are about as stiff. On the 17cm version of the BD, the tacking doesn't go down as far, so you get a lot of play from the bolt biner. I like the Petzl more, and they cost the same

BD Vari-width vs. Petzl Express

Get the job done

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are nice slings, get the job done just fine. They don't twist, they're wide, good for clipping in, and they look good, no frills at all. Given that they are the same price as the Petzl Express sling, I'd probably go with the Petzl, as I prefer the rubber piece that keeps the rope side biner in place. It's easier to insert a biner into the Petzl. Both work and look good, Petzl wins by a hair for ease of use.

Great for Anchors

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have two 18cm dogbones with BD positrons for my anchors and they work flawlessly. The rubber end keeps to rope-side 'biners in position while the loose ends let the anchors pivot well. Seem to hold up great to some tough granite. A great buy!

Great Dogbones

    I have the Livewire quickdraws, so these come with those draws. The width is great for sport climbing and they dont twist. Yes they are a little heavier than the thin dynex ones. But i would choose these over the dynex any day. I have 8 of the 12cm, 2 of the 18cm. and 2 of the 25cm. The 18cm isnt sewed at the top, so the 'biner can slide around and drop and can get weird on the harness. Other than that great dogbones.

    Great to grab.

      These are my dogbone of choice for sport climbing for two reasons: 1. they keep the draw flat to the rock and which in turn prevents accidentally backclipping when your draw has a twist in it. 2. they are easy to grab. I definitely have a little bit of added confidence when grabbing for these when I am pumped out of my mind and need to grab the draw to clip. I prefer a skinnier and lighter dogbone for trad and alpine climbing.

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        I'm so glad these are available, the dynex dogbones are just way too skinny in my opinion and seem twist twist around way too often, especially when you going for a really crucial clip. These Vari-Width Dogbones are awesome and just the right thickness to stay exactly where I want them.

        Not just a draw! A Handle!!!

          When you are sport climbing...these aren't just quickdraws...sometimes they are handles. Often they are the biggest hold on the route. You don't want those skinny draws when you are dogging a route...they make lousy handles, and wear out a lot quicker.

          Does it fit to non Black Diamonds biners...

          Does it fit to non Black Diamonds biners too? For egz Wild Country Nitro? (the rubber insert wont be too big?)