Best Overall Quickdraw for Climbing
Petzl Spirit Express
The Petzl Spirit Express
has long been a favorite of sport climbers and beyond. It received a makeover a couple years ago, and along with some new colors, they trimmed a few fractions of an ounce off its weight (in true sport climbing fashion, of course). The Spirit Express comes with a keylock carabiner on each end and does everything a sport climber could ask for - clips are fast and snappy, the rope never snags on the keylock gate, and it was made to be grabbed. However, even with its latest weight loss it is still not really suited for long or alpine routes, so if that's your main climbing style keep reading for our Top Pick for Lightweight, but for everything else the Spirit Express is top of its class. Just don't loan them out or you may not get them back!
Best Bang for the Buck
Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw
If you have a Spirit Express in your hand it might be easy to overlook the Black Diamond FreeWire
, but you will do a double take when you see the price tag. You can pretty much buy two of these for the price of one Spirit! Our Best Buy winner performed well in most categories, and best of all, you can save money without sacrificing safety or durability. If you're new to climbing and not sure which type of specialized draw you might want, start off with a set of these until you figure it out, and once you do they'll make a great back-up set farther down the line.
Top Pick for Lightweight Draw
Wild Country Helium Quickdraw
In our old review four years ago, the Wild Country Helium Quickdraw
took the Editors' Choice and the Petzl Spirit Express got the Top Pick. Now it's reversed, but really it's a case of what type of climbing you do most, as they are both excellent draws. The Helium is lightweight and perfectly suited to traditional and multi-pitch climbing. Its keylocking wiregate is a great design, and the only downside to this draw is its hefty price tag. Put it on your Christmas list and hope Santa thinks you were nice.