Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw
Current Retail: $19.95-$29.95
Historic Range: $13.98-$29.95
Reviewers Paid: $22.00
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.
Price Paid: $22