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Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw Review
Cons: Not the lightest, difficult to grab
Weight (ounces): 3.8
Gate opening bottom carabiner (mm): 26
Manufacturer: Black Diamond
The Black Diamond Positron Quickdraw is a durable medium-sized draw for sport climbing. The stand out feature being the easy to unclip keylock design on both the top and bottom carabiners. The Black Diamond PosiWire Quickdraw, which we included in our review update, has a similar design to the Positron, but features a wiregate HotWire carabiner on the bottom. This shaves off a little weight (and cost), but ultimately, our testers agreed that the notch on the PosiWire's bottom biner snagged easily, making the Positron the higher scoring pick.
The Petzl Spirit Express is its main competitor and has a similar solid gate keylock design. The Spirit is a little lighter, little easier to pull rope through, and the Spirit has grooves in the gate that make it a little easier to do reachy clips. We prefer the Spirit, but the Black Diamond Positron is much less expensive ($16.95 vs $24 for the Spirit). Since the Positron also is a great biner, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you are on a budget. If you just want the most carabiner for your money, it's hard to go wrong with the Mad Rock UltraLight Quickdraw for $15.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
Due to the keylock gate design, the Black Diamond Positron one of the easiest carabiners to unclip from bolt hangers on steep routes. Other than that, this is just a great workhorse piece of gear. It's relatively durable.
There are no big dislikes. It's just a little heavier and bulky than most other draws.
The dogbone (quickdraw sling) is a little thin. We like thin dogbones on light carabiners, but since this is more of a workhorse sport climbing draw, we would rather have a heftier sling that is easy and comfy to grab like the Petzl Express Sling or the sling on the Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw.
This is an affordable work horse draw ideal for clipping bolts in any situation, or extending gear placements. It's a little heavy if you typically trad climb, but you could still use it with gear in a pinch.
This is a relatively good value for a keylock biner. Compared to ther carabiners, its about average.
— Chris McNamara
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