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    57 Reviews


    The spirit of sending.

    The average spirit of every climber is strong, stoked, and adventurous. Similarly, the Spirit Express Quickdraw is one of Petzl's stronger quickdraws, and its beefiness gives you a little more stoked confidence to power through cruxes. Its sling stays rigidly stiff when you're clipping overhangs, and the String retainer continues to ease rope-clipping for better efficiency. Both Spirit carabiners have keylock noses to reduce snagging, and the rope-clipping carabiner's gate is bent for better ergonomics.

    • The spirit of climbing is strong with this quickdraw
    • Burly sling has a rigid and solidly stiff feel
    • Both Spirit carabiners have keylock noses for snag-free convenience
    • Carabiner retainter stabilizes bent gate for easier rope clipping
    • Item #PTZ0214

    Tech Specs

    Sling Material
    Sling Length
    12cm, 17cm
    [sling] 22kN [carabiner] (major axis) 23kN (minor axis) 8kN (open gate) 9kN
    Gate Opening
    [straight] 21mm [bent] 25mm
    keylock noses, String carabiner retainer
    Claimed Weight
    3.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    sport climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    3 years

    Tech Specs

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

    Worth every penny. I'm a bit of a newbie to lead climbing so I'm not as worried about weight, as I'm not climbing multi pitch, but these are super LIGHT and will be even handier to have down the road. Durable, easy to clip, plus the longer length and color contrast have really helped me out compared to some others I've used. This is the best sport draw I've climbed with, hands down.

    Light, Burly, & Smooth!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The ultimate trifecta! Everything I look for in a sport draw. After using a friends at Smith Rock last weekend, I finally bucked up and added a bunch of the 17cm to my rack. They were just so easy to clip and have such smooth action, I'm hooked. They are a beefy draw but don't pack on too much weight... ultimate sport draw.

    Initial impression, smooooth!

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

    Just upgraded my draws from the classic wild country wire gate draws I have been using for 10 years. Only got out one weekend with the Spirits, but my oh my are they awesome! No snags, gates are super smooth and easy to clip. I got 6 of the 12cm and 6 of the 17cm draws. I like having two different sizes in case the lower biner rests on the rock weird or pinches the rope against the rock, or if the top bolts are not perfectly horizontal and I'm setting up a TR. I had used them a few times before on others' racks...but stoked to have some of my own now!

    Not all it's made out to be

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

    I just picked up a few of these to add to my rack, joining a pack of positrons and some alpine draws... and I'm kiiiiiiinda not super impressed. I polled a few of the climbers in the office and skimmed MP and other forums and the Spirits came out the glorious winner - mostly due to their action and ease of use.

    I bought a 4 for around the price of the Djinn pack, which I was leaning towards, and having both side by side - I think the Djinns are better. The gate opens more so you have ~2mm more reach when clipping hangers. The mechanism for the gate looks and feels the same. The fit and finish of the Spirits is nicer (only slightly, and is that even an issue?). Between the Axess and the Express doggy bones... I didn't notice much of a difference other than girth so personal preference.

    Final thoughts, get the Djinns and have more QDs! Also better than the BD Positrons for sure!

    Really Enjoying These Draws

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So far, I've been able to take these out to the local crag a few times and I've loved them. I picked these up as an easy to use draw a I'm currently teaching my significant other to lead climb. Certain features on these draws were appealing in that scenario, like the carabiner stabilizer (Petzl calls it the "String" protector) as well as the thicker dogbone and wide gates on the carabiners. I bought the 17cm and the 12cm and no complaints whatsoever so far. I'll keep you posted, or give me a call if you have any other questions.

    Excellent, smooth clipping, burly draws

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I've owned (and still often use) several different brands and designs of quickdraws, from BD Hoodwires to the Petzl Ange. However, whenever I'm not concerned about weight and want to have a reliable draw that clips smoothly and predictably, I carry the Spirits. The rubber retainer does a good job keeping the rope end nice and stiff and the gate action is very rewarding. Also, in times of desperation, the dogbone's shape and rigidity is a nice aid to hang from.

    When friends of mine are looking to start amassing climbing gear and are looking for new draws, I typically point them in this direction (unless they are looking to spend less on draws).

    Always use protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Want a super light weight quick draw? Don't buy this. Want biners that are hard to clip when you're on the sharp end? Don't buy this. Want some flimsy "but it makes my rack .03grams lighter bro" flappin in the wind quick draws? Don't buy this.
    Want a solid piece of gear that you can reliably clip, stays in place and is worth the weight? Buy this.

    This is why I don't trust the general public's opinion on gear. With a little research one would know that while amazingly durable, this is also one of the lightest quickdraws on the market. I understand your review is mostly positive for the quickdraw, but they're the lightest AND toughest quickdraws made. They ARE a super light quickdraw. By comparison they make you rack around .5 ounces lighter FOR EACH DRAW!

    <3 LOVE These

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is an additional order to an older model that I already have and love. These are durable and long lasting. They are nice and thick for those "emergency" moments when you are pumped beyond belief and think you need to grab the draw. I would definitely recommend these for any avid climber.

    Gold standard

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These draws are my bread and butter. Used the original spirits forever and these are a great improvement. I still rack the old ones once in a while but on longer routes these are really nice. The keeper on theses seem to keep the carabiner from rotating better then the old ones. Get the 17cm ones, I don't even bother with the shorties anymore.

    So sick

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These quickdraws are amazing they are super light and clip great. Also they are lighter and cheaper than the BD Sport Draws. The stiff dogbone is great for working projects as well.

    So sick

    The Ultimate Quickdraw

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got a set of Petzl Spirits a few months ago beore a big climbing trip to Red Rocks Nevada and I could not be happier. Clipping these guys is super smooth, overall making me more comfortable as a progressing sport-climber. Compared to our friends gear, the spirits have been the lightest draws I have ever used. Going up a 5 pitch sport climb (aka The Big Bad Wolf with a set of 12 draws felt like I wasn't even carrying gear. Highly recommend for those who are stoked to try something new!

    Look no further.

      This is the best quick draw for the weight that you can buy. As bomber and easily clippable as they are, you would expect them to weigh more. The dogbone is incredibly tough and the clipping is super smooth. I didn't think a draw could significantly increase my climbing confidence until I tried these.

      Best Sport Draw

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The majority of my climbing is single pitch sport climbing. These are my go-to draw every's why:
      The gate action on both the bolt and rope end carabiners is buttery smooth. The rope end 'biner is a convenient bent gate with a huge opening...helpful when clipping efficiency is at a premium and you're trying to keep moving. The key lock feature should be standard on all solid gate draws, in my opinion, so Petzl nails it there. Finally, the dogbone is not only strong, it's super helpful when pulling on your project or cleaning draws at the end of the day due to its size and design.
      If you're looking for something light, get the Ange, but if you want a workhorse that clips like a dream, the Spirits are your draw!

      Best Sport Draw Around.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Lightweight, ease of clipping and cleaning, extended length....can you ask for anything else? Love the keylock and beefy feeling in my hand. Don't use them for trad, but perfect for your local crag and next 5.12c onsight!

      Awesome sport draws, great feel, solid

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These are perfect for their intended use: sport. Too heavy for alpine, much trad or much long multipitch. They feel great, you just wanna keep playing with the biners and fondling them. Nice and beefy, wide dog bone if you need to grab it. Cant recommend it enough.

      for the 5 dollar credit. When do I receive the code. If I order a set now can I then order a second set with the code right away.

      Mark so there isnt a code per say. You place the order, then you receive the credit in your account once it ships. Ill send you an email with a different option to make things look cleaner if you'd like.

      Feel free to hit me up at or 801-736-6398.

      Im wondering when will you be getting more of 12cm quickdraw? I wish to buy 8 of them.

      When do you expect to get more 17cm draws...

      When do you expect to get more 17cm draws in?

      Hey Eric,

      Thanks for your question.

      We have multiple purchase orders of new inventory that are on their way and should be on sale within the next week or two. I am sorry I cannot give you an exact date but I would just bookmark this page and check every so often.

      What is the strenth or what is KN mean...

      What is the strenth or what is KN mean ?

      22kn equals approximately 5000lbs. Kn is a measure of dynamic force vs. a static load. For comparison the worst rock climbing falls rarely ever generate more than 10kn for an average sized person and a normal fall generally doesn't generate more than ~3kn.

      kN isn't a measure of dynamic or static loads, it's simply a measure of force, just like lbs. There is no differentiation in dynamic or static loads from a units point of view, but rather the magnitude of the force is different. For example, a static load of a climber 150 lb (667N = 0.667kN), whereas if the same climber falls a short distance, he may exert a dynamic load of 500 lb (2224N = 2.224kN). kN is simply the metric unit of force equivalent to the lb, and makes no differentiation between dynamic and static loads.

      Hi, I am thinking of buying my first set...

      I am thinking of buying my first set of quickdraws. How many of them (total) would you recommend to get ? Which length ?
      Thanks in advance !

      Best Answer

      I would get 10 - 12. For size I would get 11cm and a couple 17cm (for the anchors and such). With that said, I have no problems with lighter quickdraws and smaller biners. I know the reviews here say otherwise, but it's all about practicing your clipping. If you still want heavy stiff nylon draws look into CAMP USA Orbit Express Nylon Quickdraw. They are lighter (93g vs 104g), cheaper ($14.95 vs $23.95), and the opening on the bent gate is wider than the spirit (24mm vs 20mm).

      If i were to get a dozen of these, how...

      If i were to get a dozen of these, how many of the 11cm and 17 cm should i get? Half, half? Or should I go with all 11cm or all 17cm?

      I personally prefer the 17cm. I own both and enjoy the extra length for building anchors or whatever I find myself needing. I think it is a good middle ground length that can eliminate the need for runners in a slight handful of situations.

      On second thought, I recall a number of situations where the top anchors were unevenly set, and one 11cm and one 17cm fit the bill perfectly. So it might be beneficial to have a couple of each.

      I always use two longer draws for the anchors (why make the V angle any larger than necessary) and carry one or two longer ones in case the route wanders or has a roof or ledge to get around. The only negative of the longer draws is they get in your way more when hanging from your gear loops, but keeping the long ones on the rear loops and shorter ones in front seems to solve that issue.

      Will backcountry be restocking on these...

      Will backcountry be restocking on these anytime soon? I don't want to climb on anything else!