The DMM Shield Quickdraw brings you a new gate design for a new world of easy clipping.
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Best wiregate available
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Shield carabiner is the unequivocal top wiregate biner.
* It's remarkably ergonomic. You can grip and clip this biner as easily as any other on the market. Even without a bent gate I find it as easy to clip as a Spirit Bent-Gate.
* Virtually impossible to cross-load.
* Amazingly light for such a large biner. Only 2g heavier than a Helium, or 1g more than an Alpha Trad.
* Gate action is stiff yet doesn't prevent clipping. I feel very secure that a gate-open situation is highly unlikely. What's more is I have tested attempting to cause the rope to unclip with a backclip and not once was able to do so. (DMM's best biners are designed specifically for this, even the Alpha Sport bent-gate).
* The nose doesn't catch, but the twist in the wire keeps the profile smaller than other hooded gates (especially compared to the massive BD Hoodwire).
These are my preferred sport draws. My only complaint is, as some have mentioned, it's not too hard to twist the DMM Tadpole sling. I also prefer the Petzl String rubber holder in favor of the style with the rubber inside the dogbone loop (however the DMM ones are still rugged, not cheap like BD's where the rubber breaks after a couple uses). I have started rigging my sport draws with Petzl Axess slings which makes them much more secure.
What is the nose width on those?
What is the nose width on those?
What is the weight in grams for 12cm version? For 18cm version?
Answering myself: I've been told by David from DMM that the width of the nose is 10.7mm, and depth (looking side on) is 10.3mm. That's slimmier than Alpha Trad @ 11.9/10.8mm.
Great and Light
The 12cm ones are my favorite draws to rack up, they are light and easy to clip and clean, which is a must have when you are dangling upside down form the second bolt to clean the first bolt in the Red. I'm not sure how long the thin dog bones will hold up, but so far it has been a great draw. I also swapped the bottom carabiner on my 18cm ones with a revolver so the anchor draws have a little less drag and don't blacken the rope too much, and I am very pleased with this mod.
These draws remind me of a big gym draw that is nearly impossible to miss a clip, but are incredibly light for how big they look. Awesome draw easy cleaning and look awesome DMM has some awesome gear
12cm are cool. 18cm - so-so
12cm DMM Shield QD is a great quickdraw - light, smooth, easy to grab and handle. Binners are top quality (as expected when you buy DMM gear).
18cm is so-so. Dogbone twists, bolt end binner twists.
If you are not on budget grab 8 or so 12cm DMM Shield QDs and 8 or so 18cm Petzl Spirit. 8 12cm DMM Shields will serve as short sport draws and trad draws, 8 Spirits will serve when pushing up on your next extra hard sport project. Thus you will have a universal "do it all" set of quickdraws.
I have 12 of these on my rack and I love them. Light, smooth gate and easy to handle. They aren't the cheapest draw but they're definitely my favourite.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
These are some incredible quickdraws! Really really light and insanely easy to clip in to.
I have a rack of mixed draws, mainly consisting of these and Wild Country Wildwires. I save placing these until last when I can start feeling the weight of my gear.
My only slight issue is that the gate is so narrow, sometimes the caribiner can be hard to open when taking off your gear loops. This is a minor problem, and once they break in a little bit, things get much smoother and nicer.
If they weren't so dang expensive, I'd have a rack of all of these draws
Solid Draws - so light!!
These are absolutely plush. So light they feel like they could almost float upwards out of your hand. You may wan to intermingle some longer draws on your rack in order to have some options for medium extensions since these are somewhat short (but not so much so that you 'need' longer ones).
I love these - girlfriend doesn't
I love the clean action, the wire gate, the nice clipping, and the lightweight. My girlfriend finds them hard to un-clip because of the smaller gate. Other than that they are great!
The quickdraws are hard to touch. They are super lightweight, and I really like the action. I have heard some comment that the action is a little stiff, but I think it's right on.
The only con is the price. If money is no object, or if theyre having a killer sale, I say go for it.
Best draw ever
I recently bought this quickdraw and began using it the next day. Its innovative gate structure provides the lightweight design of a wire gate but does not compromise with its closure: a non-snag system (like Petzl's carabiners). I bought the 18cm model which is surprisingly lightweight for its strength. Great quickdraw with a design that makes you go wow. I would strongly recommend buying one.
Lightest, strongest ball-lock, Best. Sooo expensive. If you can afford the best, get like 12 of these.
best draw in the world
I would say the top two draws are this one and the Petzl spirit. But for the best of the best, it is the DMM Shield. They are super light, oh so smooth, and they just look damn sexy. You have no reason to doubt this draw, it is the best out there.