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Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw Review

   

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Overall avg rating 3.8 of 5 based on 4 reviews. Most recent review: April 22, 2013
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Pros:  Easy to clip, deep basket
Cons:  Not light, toward the more expensive end of quickdraws
Best Uses:  Sport climbing
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (3/3) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ December 29, 2010  
Overview
The Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw is Black Diamond's top quickdraw for sport climbing. We like clipping it much more than standard wiregate biner such as the Black Diamond Hotwire. It's main competition is the Petzl Spirit which is $1 more expensive. We lean toward the Spirit just because we like the gate tension and keylock design, but many people may prefer clipping the wiregate and deep basket of the LiveWire. Another competitor is the Wild Country Nitro Quickdraw which is much less expensive ($15.50), much lighter, and a more versatile all-around carabiner. So it comes down to how much you love the clipping action on the LiveWire. If you think this clips better than any other biner (and many people do), it may be the best bet for you.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
This is a great carabiner to clip due to the wire gate, ridge on the spine, and deep basket at the bottom of the biner. The ridge gives a nice catch for your thumb or index finger to grip the carabiner. The deep basket means you can clip a lot of ropes and slings into this biner. It scored high is most other categories.

Dislikes
As with all biners with the wire-gate design the notch gets caught up on the bolt hanger when cleaning steep routes. That is not a big deal with this carabiner since it is mainly intended just to be used as the rope-clipping biner of a quickdraw. This is not one of the lighter carabiners. If you have a rack of just then draws, that is not a big deal. But if you are using this when trad climbing or other instances where you have a big rack, there are a lot of carabiner that are close to half the weight.

Best Application
This is mainly intended to be on the rope-clipping end of a quickdraw. You can buy it separately and make your own quickdraw with another biner or buy the Black Diamond Livewire Quickdraw.

Value
This is toward the upper end of carabiner prices. But if you like the way it clips. you only new a dozen of these to have a decent sport rack (along with other carabiner to make the other half of the quickdraw).

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Most recent review: April 22, 2013
Summary of All Ratings

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100% of 3 reviewers recommend it
Rating Distribution
4 Total Ratings
5 star: 50%  (2)
4 star: 25%  (1)
3 star: 25%  (1)
2 star: 0%  (0)
1 star: 0%  (0)
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   Apr 22, 2013 - 01:17pm
The review on this draw is great except there IS a key lock on the top biner. This draw is a lot better than the petzl spirit if you ask me. Wire gates are much easier to clip than traditional gates. I have about 12 petzl spirit draws and about 14 or so of these and I really like the live wire a lot more. It is a lot easier to clip, easier to grab and looks cooler!

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   May 22, 2012 - 06:10pm
Very well thought out- the design of the rope-side biner allows for a super easy clip. These are the best sport draws that I've ever used, but you should probably look elsewhere for a trad draw (slightly stiff and heavy for the alpine)

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Dec 30, 2010 - 10:51am
Thorgon · Climber · Sedro Woolley, WA
BD has great gate action on this draw!


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