Petzl Spirit Express
DMM Alpha Sport Quickdraw
Petzl Djinn Axess
Black Diamond HotForge Hybrid
Black Diamond HotForge
Awards Editors' Choice Award   Best Buy Award  
Price $18.95 at Backcountry
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Pros Snappy clipping action, wide sling is easy to grab, light for a sport quickdrawGreat clipping, wide sling for easy grabbing, keylocking gates don't snagEasy to clip, durable construction, large size works well with glovesVisually pleasing, affordable, easy to unclip keylocking top binerDouble keylocking biners easy to clip and unclip, relatively affordable for such a design
Cons Expensive, still a little heavy for trad climbingHeavy, expensiveHeavy, dogbone is on the thin side and not easy to grabTight gate springs require slightly more effort than others to clip, 18mm sling adequate but not perfect for grabbingNot the lightest, gate springs a bit tight compared to competition, 18mm sling adequate but not great for grabbing
Bottom Line Our favorite option for sport climbingGreat sport climbing draw but on the heavy sideLarge carabiners work well with gloves onBest Bang for the Buck winner due to its solid performance at a relatively low priceA no frills, but fully functional, solid gate quickdraw
Rating Categories Petzl Spirit Express DMM Alpha Sport Petzl Djinn Axess HotForge Hybrid HotForge
Ease Of Clipping (25%)
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Ease Of Unclipping (25%)
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Portability (20%)
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Handling (15%)  
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Ease Of Grabbing (15%)
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Specs Petzl Spirit Express DMM Alpha Sport Petzl Djinn Axess HotForge Hybrid HotForge
Weight (ounces) 3.2 oz 3.9 oz 4 oz 3.5 oz 3.6 oz
Gate opening bottom carabiner (mm) 25 mm 25 mm 27 mm 27 mm 24 mm
Width of sling (mm) 25 mm 25 mm 16 mm 18 mm 18 mm
Sling Material Nylon Nylon Polyester Polyester Polyester
Manufacturer Warranty 3 year 1 year 3 year 1 year 1 year
Non-Snagging Top Biner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Non-Snagging Bottom Biner Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Forging method Cold Hot Cold Hot Hot
Unique features Sling is wider at the bottom to facilitate grabbing, stiff sling Dual keylock carabiners, wide sling Large carabiners good for big hands or gloves, easy to clip Visual patterning designed to easily catch the eye while climbing Double keylocking carabiners
Available sling lengths 12 cm, 17 cm 12 cm, 18 cm, 25 cm 12 cm, 17 cm 12 cm, 16 cm 12 cm, 16 cm
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