Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw

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I just bought a rack of 12 of these for Sport, and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $22

I just bought a rack of 12 of these for Sport, and i must say they are sweet. A well balanced and smooth clipping draw for the rope and the bolt.

The small changes between these Karbiners in this draw versus the other in BD line are evident in the increased performance of this Quickdraw. the keylock top slides easily onto even manky bolts with small oddly tapped holes, not that you want to clip those but there are plenty of them out there. On full sized hangers it almost feels like cheating to slide them on.

As for the rope end, no matter you clipping technique its brilliant, the shape of the basket makes those risky clips where you try to finesse the rope in feel solid. all that performance matched to a thick dogbone which although excellent for French Aid, really excels at stopping the draw from twisting, a consistent head ache with thin Dynex or other thin dogbones. which even in the somewhat short 12CM length still twist consistently at that dicey run out clip.

As for Trad, A draw is a draw, but these are much larger and heavier than the Camp Nano23, BD OZ, Wild Country Astro, or DMM Phantom draws, all of which offer light weight for the ounce saving trad climber.

However for sport, you can't do better than the LiveWire.

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Visit Black Diamond's LiveWire Quickdraw page.

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Having a proper quickdraw for your redpoint can make or break your send, and the Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw could be considered the most proper of quickdraws as far as sport climbing is concerned. Black Diamond equipped the top Dynotron carabiner with the largest basket of any of its carabiners along with a clever bend at the spine in order to help you clip bolts quickly and efficiently, and the combination of the keylock nose and a straight gate helps you clean your route regardless of how steep it is. The lower LiveWire carabiner features a wire gate with HoodWire technology that prevents the carabiner from snagging, which is something that other wire gates fail to do. This carabiner connects through the Straitjacket in order to stop the draw from swinging around while you clip so you can make your send instead of fumble around and eventually fall.


Providing a secure connection between rock and rope, the Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw is a top-of-the-line sport climbing draw with the snag-free benefits of HoodWire technology.


Clip in with confidence thanks to the LiveWire Quickdraw from Black Diamond. The Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw offers a secure connection between the rock and your rope. The LiveWire carabiner on the bottom features a simple metal wire over the nose, which allows for keylock functionality in a wiregate design. The durable, east-to-grab Vari-width dogbone features a Straitjacket insert to keep the bottom biner properly oriented. Hot-forged Dynotron on top and LiveWire wiregate with HoodWire Technology on the bottom Snag-free keylock top biner for easy clipping Draw-friendly carabiner surface keeps runners oriented where you want them Equipped with a Vari-width dogbone with Straitjacket Minor Axis Strength : 8 kN (1,798 lbf) Gate Opening: [Dynotron] 20 mm (0.79 in) [LiveWire] 24 mm (0.94 in) Closed Gate Strength: 24 kN (5,395 lbf) Weight: 108 g (3.7 oz) Open Gate Strength: 8 kN (1,798 lbf)

- Appalachian Outdoors

Hot-forged Dynotron on top and LiveWire wiregate on the bottomEquipped with a 12 cm Vari-width dogbone with StraitjacketDraw-friendly carabiner surface keeps runners oriented where you want themHooded nose protects opening end of wire gate Technical Specifications: Weight: 106 g, 3.7 oz

- River Sports Outfitters