The Petzl Spirit Express has been one of the most popular draws on the market for as long as most of our testers have been climbing, and for a good reason! They are lightweight for a sport draw, have excellent clipping action, and are easy to handle and grab. The latest update to this draw was a few years ago now — but why mess with perfection if you don't have to? These are one of the lightest sport climbing specific draws on the market, making them perfect for your onsight attempts. This is the original keylocking quickdraw, and steep sport climbs are its natural habitat — there's nothing for your rope to snag on when unclipping.
There's no reason you can't take them traditional climbing occasionally too, though we did prefer our Top Pick for Lightweight, the Black Diamond Oz, for that, as it weighs over an ounce less per draw. The only thing you never want to do is leave them on a project overnight because they probably won't be there the next day. Petzl recently upped the price on this draw a little, and now they retail in the $24-25 range. That's still a little bit cheaper than some other high-end options, but not by much! If you're new to climbing and don't want to blow your budget all at once, our Best Buy winner, the Black Diamond FreeWire, retails for only $14 per. If you want to save even more, our Best Buy for Lightweight, the Cypher Firefly II, is only $11.50, half the price of the Spirits. If you can spare the extra dough, though, and want the best of the best, the Petzl Spirit Express is the way to go.