Hands-on Gear Review

Wild Country Nitro Quickdraw Review

Wild Country Nitro Carabiner Specs
By: Chris McNamara and Chris Summit  ⋅  Jun 6, 2014
Price:  $17 List
Pros:  Wire gate, most of the new advances in biner technology, functional and a good medium to big or "full" size.
Cons:  Rubber piece on draw is fragile, gate hang up, thiner sling is not comfy to grab on sport climbs
Manufacturer:   Wild Country
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  • Ease of Unclipping - 25% 5
  • Ease of Clipping - 25% 9
  • Ease of Handling - 15% 10
  • Ease of Grabbing - 15% 3
  • Portability - 20% 8
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Our Verdict

January, 2016 — The Nitro Quickdraw is Discontinued
The Wild Country Nitro is one of the best values in a sport climbing draw. It is also one of the lightest full-sized quickdraws, but is narrowly beat out in weight by the full-sized CAMP Photon Wire Express Dyneema. The Wild Country Nitro scored near the top in all our tests but is less expensive than the draws that scored higher. It has a normal notched nose which is really the main difference between it and the Wild Country Helium Quickdraw which has a hooded and recessed notch. The Helium is cooler and easier to unclip from bolt hangers on steep routes. Other than that, the Nitro is an equally good sport or top rope draw (the Helium got our Top Pick Award). If you can afford the Helium by all means get a full rack, but if on the other hand you're on a budget, consider our Best Buy award winner, the Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw.

If you want a smaller, lighter version of the Nitro, check out the Wild Country Astro Quickdraw. The Petzl Spirit Express scored very close to the Nitro. The Spirit is heavier and more expensive but is a more durable sport climbing biner. We like the Nitro for more applications.


Our Analysis and Test Results

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Wild Country Nitro carabiner

Likes


The Wild Country Nitro uses a slightly bent wire gate that is one of the easiest to clip. It was a solid performer in nearly all our tests. It is one of the easier carabiners to handle due to it's friendly size and featured spine that makes it easy to grip. Yet despite its generous size, it is still pretty light.

Dislikes


Like most wiregate carabiners, the ones on the Wild Country Nitro get hung up on slings and when unclipping from steep sport routes. Other than that, there is not much to dislike.

The durability of the rubber piece that stabilizes the biner to the sling is unreliable. Some lasted months whiles others met their fateful after a few weeks of use. Such breakage isn't a fatal blow to the draw, as it will still work. The likelihood of the draw being oriented incorrectly when you go to clip, though, increases significantly.

Also, for being such bigger biner, we wish the Wild Country Nitro sling was a little beefier. We understand putting a thinner sling on an ultralight carabiner like the Astro, but for this biner, we would like something wider, more durable, and easier to grab.

Wild Country Nitro carabiner
Wild Country Nitro carabiner

Best Application


This draw excels at sport climbing but works as an all-around, top roping, traditional climbing. It is nice and big which makes it easy to handle and deal with.

Value


This is a great value in a draw AND it scored very highly. The normal notched nose on the Wild Country Nitro is easier to produce than the custom nose on the slightly fancier Helium so is, therefore, less expensive. The difference is the notch on the nose of the Helium is hooded and recessed, which means it doesn't catch as easily on bolt handers. On the Nitro it is only hooded making it slightly harder to unclip than the Helium because the notch gets snagged. Other than the gate, the two carabiners are almost identical as far as we can tell.

This model comes in a five-pack which gives you a percentage off.

Chris McNamara and Chris Summit

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