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Street Price: $14
Pros: Fair price for versatile, durable biner.
Cons: Hard to unclip from hangers when cleaning steep terrain, not that light.
Best Uses: All-around average, rugged biner.
Strong and versatile at an affordable price, Black Diamond's Quicksilver Quickdraw is one of the most popular climbing quickdraws in the United States. It has proven itself over time but has some stiff competition both in price and performance. For only $1 more, the Black Diamond Positron Quickdrawis easier to clip and comes with key-lock gates on the carabiners. Also for only $2 more, the Wild Country Nitro Quickdraw is lighter and scored much higher in our tests. If you are really looking for a budget draw, it is hard to beat the Mad Rock Ultra-Light, which scored higher than the Quicksilver and costs only $12. The highest scoring Petzl Spirit Express is definitely our favorite but also costs $10 more. At $14 the Quicksilver draw is one of the better deals and is so ubiquitous that you can often find it on sale for under $14. We would opt for a lighter or higher scoring draw but this might be perfect for you.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
This draw stands out for how long it has been around. It is one of the most popular quickdraws because of its price and durability. In our tests, this quickdraw scored well for how smoothly the climbing rope slides through it, which means less rope drag when sport climbing. The bent gate version is pretty easy to clip.
This is one of the few non key-lock non-wire-gate quickdraws. It may once have been considered light, but now it is on the heavy side. Also, because the carabiners do not have key-lock gates, they are harder to unclip from bolt hangers, especially on overhanging routes. The big gate notch also is more likely to get hung up on slings. Because of its size, the quicksilver carabiners are hard to fit into small old bolt hanger holes or chain link anchors
This is a good all-around draw. It is most popular with sport climbers. Because it its weight it is not as ideal for multi-pitch climbing
This is one of the least expensive quickdraw setups and is often on sale or available as a blem, which can make it the least expensive on the market. If you buy it in the Black Diamond Quicksilver Quickpack, you get six quickdraws for $80 or $13.33 each. That is about the best deal on quickdraws and is a great way to go if you are just starting to sport climb.
— Chris McNamara and Chris Summit
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