Black Diamond released their newest version of our Best Buy Award winner, the FreeWire, with new materials, new biners, and a new black and orange aesthetic. Check out more details on the update in the individual review!
Best Overall Quickdraw for Climbing
Petzl Spirit Express
Snappy clipping action
Easy to grab
Heavier than some models
The Petzl Spirit Express
is a classic among 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!
Read full review: Petzl Spirit Express
Best Bang for the Buck
Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw
Ease of grabbing
Snag-prone dual wiregate carabiners
New Version Available
The latest FreeWire is a black and orange draw with new biners (HotWire) and new webbing (polyester). Despite these changes, the price remains $14 and we expect performance to be similar to its predecessor, if not improved. Check out the individual review for more details!
The Spirit Express might feel great in your hand and on a harness, but the Black Diamond FreeWire
feels great on your bank account. 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. A harness full of this product is a great starter set for anyone new to climbing, as well as all the loveable dirtbags out there.
Read full review: Black Diamond FreeWire
Top Pick for Lightweight Draw
Wild Country Helium Quickdraw
Full-sized & lightweight
Unique keylock/wiregate combo
In a previous review, 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.
Read full review: Wild Country Helium Quickdraw