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Petzl Djinn Axess Review

A great all-around draw for those with large hands or who wear gloves.
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Price:  $18 List | $16.95 at REI
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Pros:  Easy to clip, durable construction, large size works well with gloves
Cons:  Heavy, dogbone is on the thin side and not easy to grab
Manufacturer:   Petzl
By Cam McKenzie Ring ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 19, 2018
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  • Ease of Clipping - 25% 9
  • Ease of Unclipping - 25% 9
  • Portability - 20% 4
  • Ease of Handling - 15% 8
  • Ease of Grabbing - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Petzl Djinn Axess quickdraw is a solid performer and was one of our favorite models in this review. The solid keylock gates give you snag-free unclipping, and the gate action is nice and snappy. This quickdraw is constructed with durability in mind, with self-described "rugged" and large carabiners. The Djinn is not as light as our Editors' Choice winner, Petzl's flagship Spirit Express, but not as expensive either, which makes it appealing to entry-level sport climbers and those looking to save a few dollars as well. Petzl didn't break any technological ground with this new model. If anything, the company is thumbing its nose at the light and fast crowd and giving sport climbers what they really need: a draw that will withstand the wear and tear that clipping bolts and repeated top-roping will exert on their gear.


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Pros Easy to clip, durable construction, large size works well with glovesSnappy clipping action, wide sling is easy to grab, light for a sport quickdrawEasy to clip, deep basket, cool "hood wire" around the notch for snag-free unclippingGreat clipping, wide sling for easy grabbing, keylocking gates don't snagLightweight, customizable to four versions, MonoFil Keylock nose and gate very easy to unclip
Cons Heavy, dogbone is on the thin side and not easy to grabExpensive, still a little heavy for trad climbingHeavy, expensiveHeavy, expensiveSmall biners not as functional as larger ones, sling not the comfiest for grabbing, pricey
Bottom Line A great all-around draw for those with large hands or who wear gloves.The best overall draw for sport specific climbers.A great quickdraw for sport climbers who prefer wiregates on the clipping end but don't want it to snag on anything.A fantastic option for sport climbing.A versatile quickdraw that uses an innovative gate and nose design for easy unclipping
Rating Categories Petzl Djinn Axess Petzl Spirit Express LiveWire DMM Alpha Sport Quickdraw Petzl Ange Finesse
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Specs Petzl Djinn Axess Petzl Spirit Express LiveWire DMM Alpha Sport... Petzl Ange Finesse
Weight (ounces) 4 oz 3.2 oz 4 oz 3.9 oz 2.6 oz
Gate opening bottom carabiner (mm) 27 mm 25 mm 24 mm 25 mm 26 mm
Width of sling (mm) 16 mm 25 mm 27 mm 25 mm 25mm
Sling Material Polyester Nylon Polyester Nylon Nylon
Manufacturer Warranty 3 year 3 year 1 year 1 year 3 year
Non-snagging Top Biner yes yes yes yes yes
Non-snagging Bottom Biner yes yes yes yes yes
Forging method cold cold hot hot unknown
Unique features Large carabiners good for big hands or gloves, easy to clip Sling is wider at the bottom to facilitate grabbing, stiff sling Large and ergonomic carabiners good for larger hands, hood over bottom wiregate to prevent snags Dual keylock carabiners, wide sling MonoFil Keylock gate, comes in four options with different length slings and carabiner sizes.
Available sling lengths 12 cm, 17 cm 12 cm, 17 cm 12 cm 12 cm, 18 cm, 25 cm 10 cm, 17 cm

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Petzl Djinn Axess has double cold-forged keylock carabiners, with a bent gate on the lower end. The sling is 12cm long and 16mm wide. This draw has some of the largest carabiners with the widest gate opening, which is helpful if you have large hands, or need something that you can efficiently use with gloves on when ice climbing.

Color Updates

The Djinn Axess is out in a few new colors this year. Though Petzl has switched up this quickdraw's look, the rest of its features remain the same.

January 2019

Performance Comparison


Andrew testing the popular and easy to use Petzl Djinn on the very pleasant vertical limestone of the Headstone  the Fins.
Andrew testing the popular and easy to use Petzl Djinn on the very pleasant vertical limestone of the Headstone, the Fins.

Ease of Clipping


The carabiners on this model were some of the largest that we tested. The bent gate opening was 27mm wide, and our testers with larger hands found that the Djinn Axess clipped very easily. The wide gate opening also makes it easy to place a clove hitch or other rope anchor points in the bottom carabiner at the top of a climb.

We found the Djinn to be one of the very easiest quickdraws to clip due to its large carabiners on both the top and bottom  combined with its dual keylocking gates and smooth action.
We found the Djinn to be one of the very easiest quickdraws to clip due to its large carabiners on both the top and bottom, combined with its dual keylocking gates and smooth action.

Ease of Unclipping


The keylocking carabiners on both ends of this quickdraw prevent it from snagging on your harness, the bolt, or the rope when cleaning steep sport routes. The downside to having a keylock carabiner on the rope clipping end of a draw is that there is potential for the gate (which is heavier than a wiregate) to 'flutter' open during a fall. A carabiner with an open gate is significantly less strong than when it's closed (9kN open vs. 23 kN closed for the Petzl Djinn Axess) which can lead to the carabiner breaking. In practical application, the instances of this happening are exceedingly rare, but it is something to consider. Another downside of the solid gate design is the tendency for it to get gummed up and sticky over time. If you are looking for a keylock/wiregate combo, the Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw is a good choice.

The keylock nose and large opening of the oversized biners on both the top and bottom of the Djinn Axess make it very easy to unclip.
The keylock nose and large opening of the oversized biners on both the top and bottom of the Djinn Axess make it very easy to unclip.

Portability


This is one of the heavier quickdraws that we tested, weighing 4 ounces per draw. If you're looking for something lightweight to take up a long route, you'd be better off with a set of Black Diamond Oz Quickdraws. On the other hand, the Djinn are heavier because they're made with durability in mind. The bigger and heavier "rugged" carabiners on this draw are more likely to last longer than thinner, lightweight ones.

112 grams is the same as 4 ounces  making this oversized quickdraw one of the heaviest we tested  but surprisingly not too heavy considering its bulk.
112 grams is the same as 4 ounces, making this oversized quickdraw one of the heaviest we tested, but surprisingly not too heavy considering its bulk.

Ease of Handling


The Djinn Axess earned mix reviews for ease of handling. The oversized carabiners feel great in all size hands, but our testers with larger "paws" really appreciated it, as some of the smaller carabiners out there can be difficult for them to handle. However, they did feel slightly clunky on our harness when racking a whole set of them at once. This model also comes with Petzl's String bottom carabiner positioner, which is an external and removable rubber keeper. The upside to a removable keeper is that you can switch it out if starts to wear out or break; the downside is that it creates the potential for user error. Be sure to double-check that your draws are assembled correctly - the bottom carabiner must pass through the sling and the rubber String.

With its over-sized carabiners  the Djinn is an easy draw to get a handle on. We also like how the Petzl String  the white piece of rubber shown here  holds the lower carabiner properly in place all the time  protects the sling from wear and tear  and can easily be replace if need be.
With its over-sized carabiners, the Djinn is an easy draw to get a handle on. We also like how the Petzl String, the white piece of rubber shown here, holds the lower carabiner properly in place all the time, protects the sling from wear and tear, and can easily be replace if need be.

Ease of Grabbing


The sling on the Djinn Axess is only 16mm wide. While it is easier to grab than the 10mm dogbones found on lightweight models, it's not nearly as easy to grab as the wider slings on the DMM Alpha Sport or the Petzl Spirit Express. Those quickdraws both have 25mm wide slings.

While it doesn't have the super fat slings of the high end sport draws  we found the Djinn relatively easy to grab in order to make a clip  aided by the large biner that rests below your hands and serves as a stopper.
While it doesn't have the super fat slings of the high end sport draws, we found the Djinn relatively easy to grab in order to make a clip, aided by the large biner that rests below your hands and serves as a stopper.

Best Applications


Petzl touts the Djinn Axess as good for someone's "initiation to outdoor climbing." We agree that it is a great choice for someone just starting out in the sport, as long as it's for sport climbing! These draws are heavily constructed to withstand the type of use that someone new to the sport might dish out (dropping draws, a lot of top-roping, and draw grabbing), but you wouldn't want them on your trad rack. While the Black Diamond Positron score a little lower overall, we think that is a great first draw as well, thanks to its keylock design and slightly wider sling.

Considering its large size and relatively heavy weight  the Djinn is best used for sport climbing missions  and makes for a great entry level draw or durable choice for leaving hanging on your projects. Here Davy working out the crux of Solstice at the Fins.
Considering its large size and relatively heavy weight, the Djinn is best used for sport climbing missions, and makes for a great entry level draw or durable choice for leaving hanging on your projects. Here Davy working out the crux of Solstice at the Fins.

Value


The Djinn Axess are priced about $7 less apiece than the Petzl Spirit Express, and might even last longer than them, so, all in all, they are a great buy with a moderate $18 price tag.

At a mere $18 for one of the easiest to use and most preferred draws that we tested  the Djinn is a fantastic value.
At a mere $18 for one of the easiest to use and most preferred draws that we tested, the Djinn is a fantastic value.

Conclusion


Unlike Black Diamond, which seems to have a different draw for every day of the week, Petzl only had two options for many years: the Spirit Express and the lightweight Ange Finesse. Their decision to make another sport-specific draw might end up challenging the popularity of its ubiquitous Spirit Express. The Djinn Axess is a great, though heavy, sport climbing draw that should stand up to the wear and tear that bolts and repeated top-roping will dish out to your gear.

Whether you are a new climber or a very experienced one  the Djinn Axess are a very good and economical choice for your quickdraw purchase. Here Alon after clipping one at a solid rest stance in the Wooden Ship Gulley  Smith Rock.
Whether you are a new climber or a very experienced one, the Djinn Axess are a very good and economical choice for your quickdraw purchase. Here Alon after clipping one at a solid rest stance in the Wooden Ship Gulley, Smith Rock.


Cam McKenzie Ring