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Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw Review

   
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Overall avg rating 3.2 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: January 17, 2012
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Pros:  Inexpensive, easy to grab when working a route
Cons:  Gate gets hung up on bolt hangers, not the lightest
Best Uses:  General sport climbing, building your trad rack
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Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ January 26, 2011  
Overview
This is the best deal we know of for a quickdraw. It is $3 less than the Mad Rock UltraLight Quickdraw. The Mad Rock is a little lighter but for people not obsessed on weight, the FreeWire gets the job done at a great value. We recommend this quickdraw for anyone just starting climbing or obsessed on value. There are plenty of draws that scored higher in our tests, but often they are almost double the price. We like the big comfy dogbone (sling) that connects the two biners. It is not too bulky or heavy and yet is still fairly comfortable to grab and yard up on if you are sport climbing. While we like the Petzl Express Sling even more, it is much more expensive. Again, it's hard to beat the value in this FreeWire package.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

LikesThis draw is a nice comfy medium size. It is easy to handle and you are not worried about dropping it or missing a clip. It is especially easy to grab due to its beefy 18mm nylon sling/dogbone. It has a generous 26mm gate opening which makes it easy to get multiple ropes in at the belay. We expect this dogbone to last beyond the life of the biners. It didn't score super high in many categories, but it still gets the job done.

Dislikes
Like all wiregate biners, it get hung up on bolt hangers and slings when cleaning. This is not a big deal for most people. But for serious sport climbers, we would recommend a biner with a keylock for the top biner like the Black Diamond Hotwire Quickdraw. Other than that, the only gripes are minor. The gate is not as easy to clip as others. It is not all that light. You know, picky stuff that people obsessed with weight and performance care about.

Value
This is the best value in quickdraws and gets our Best Buy award. If you are just starting to climb, it's hard to beat. If you buy six or more of these from Black Diamond you get 10 percent off.

Chris McNamara

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Most recent review: January 17, 2012
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   Jan 17, 2012 - 07:55am
MTkirk · Climber · Billings
I mostly buy these because it's just about the cheapest way to buy carabiners. For about ten bucks you get two wire gates & a decent nylon dogbone. I get them with the longer (18cm) dogbone & then they are "floppy" enough to use with nuts or tri-cams. Two of the 18cm draws clipped into chain anchors make a workable top-rope anchor (though the rope feed is not great). They do snag bolt hangers, nut cables and slings, so I use them mostly for trad & leave the pro piece (nut) hanging from the draw until I am safely at the next belay.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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