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Black Diamond Hotwire Quickdraw Review



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Overall avg rating 2.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: March 7, 2012
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Pros:  Durable, easy to hold.
Cons:  Heavier than most other biners.
Best Uses:  Sport climbing, trad climbing, big wall climbing.
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Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ January 25, 2011  
This was the first quickdraw we know of made with the revolutionary "wiregate" design. While once it was the only one, there are now many to choose from. Still, this remains a solid quickdraw at a good price. This is really a Nitron/Hotwire quickdraw as there are two different carabiners. The Hotwire carabiner is now 20 percent lighter (but still the same size) thanks to a new hot-forging technique (the old biners were cold-forged). It was the best priced draw with a keylock biner on top (the Black Diamond Freewire Quickdraw was the best priced overall).

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

This draw scored well in most categories. It scored above average for ease of clipping. It held three figure eight knots very well (it's roomy). The slightly hooded nose helps protect the gate from getting inadvertently rubbed/pushed open. The Nitron biner on top has a keylock gate that makes it easy to unclip from bolt hangers, especially when cleaning overhanging routes.

There are no major dislikes. The sling is a little skinny, which reduces the bulk on trad climbs but is not comfy to grab on sport climbs. We don't care for the "Straightjacket" design to keep the bottom carabiner in place. We find they break too often. We much prefer the Petzl String style.

Best Application
This is an all-around carabiner, light enough for trad or even big wall climbing but just the right medium size to be easily clipped on a sport route or with a gloved hand on an alpine route.

Overall toward the good end of value. Not one of the cheapest biners but it is one of the best deals on a quickdraw with a keylock gate for the top carabiner.

Chris McNamara

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   Mar 7, 2012 - 10:28am
I have been climbing on the BD Hotwire draw for 9 years now, with two separate sets of 12. The newest ones are now 2 years old and they are not nearly as durable as my older set which I replaced after 7 years of climbing because they were starting to have noticeable grooves in the rope end biner. The new draws are made with hot forged biners instead of cold forged, the new biners are wearing much faster than the old ones leaving my rope dirtier (more aluminum oxide) and causing noticeable grooves to appear in a much shorter time. I think this is due to BD switching from Cold Forged to Hot Forged, I'm sure the strength is fine, but the aluminum is now softer. I am now trying to find DMM or another wiregate biner that isn't hot forged. I feel that BD has gone down the wrong road in the last few years, this is just one of the many products that used to be great and is no longer.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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