Edelrid has been coming up with many new products in the last couple of years that attempt to solve real problems with our climbing gear. When it comes to quickdraws, one of the main issues people encounter is premature wear of the bottom carabiner from the friction of the rope running over it. Most climbing carabiners are made from aluminum to save on weight; however, since it is a softer metal than steel, it will wear away faster. Climbing areas with in-situ draws typically use steel carabiners, which might last as much as ten times longer than an aluminum carabiner. Edelrid figured out a way to merge the best of both worlds by putting a steel insert in the bottom of an aluminum carabiner, and the Bulletproof quickdraw was born.
Are we going to rush out and buy 12 of these and never have to buy a quickdraw again? Probably not. They're heavy, and they're very expensive, two big minuses for most climbers. But, they are an excellent option for specific times when you want a durable carabiner, like on the first bolt of a climb you're working (which will see more wear), and as top rock anchors. For this reason, we've given it our Top Pick for Durability award, since it provides something no other aluminum draw on the market does. Elderid is also using this design in a full-size locking carabiner. If you mostly use tube-style belay devices where the rope runs through your belay carabiner, or you do a lot of rappelling, consider getting one of these as well if you want to maximize the lifespan of your gear.