A quickdraw (also known as an extender) is a piece of climbing equipment used by rock and ice climbers to allow the climbing rope to run freely through bolt anchors or other protection while leading. The straight gate carabiner is clipped to the protection; a bent gate is used for the rope. Quickdraws are manufactured with either a solid carabiner gate or a wire carabiner gate for its lighter weight.
After an extensive research, I came to the conclusion that the best value for money quickdraw I could purchase was the Climbing Technology Lime Quick Draw.
The Climbing Technology Lime Quick Draw is a classical multipurpose quickdraw with excellent quality/price ratio and mixed and versatile combination, ideal for on-sight climb.
Equipped with classic shape carabiners. Upper carabiner with straight gate and catch-free nose; Lower carabiners with wire gate facilitates rope insertion and prevents oscillation in case of impact against the rock. With a lightweight and durable 11 mm Dyneema sling and a new FIXIT rubber fastener on the lower carabiner that prevents rotation during use and protects the sling from wear and tear.
The Lime Quick Draw from Climbing Technology is an incredible value. It consists of compact, hot-forged aluminium carabiners with a strength of 23 kN (major axis).
The upper carabiner on the Lime Quick Draw has a straight gate with a catch-free closure, which makes it easier to clip and unclip and prevents snagging. This makes the carabiner much easier to use. The lower carabiner has a wire gate and is equipped with a Fixbar. This is a rubber retaining bar that prevents the upper carabiner from twisting and thus resulting in cross-loading. Plus, it will protect the dyneema sling from wear as well.
Performance & Durability
The Climbing Technology Lime Quick Draw can not be considered one of the best performing quickdraw that there is out in the market. Though, for the price I have purchased this quickdraw (6.50 euro/piece), I can’t complain.
The clipping is just fine, but you can’t be compared with the smoothness of a BD or Camp or Wild Country quickdraw.
From the other side, in terms of durability, I am very surprised (positively) that after 3 years, that I have been using theses quickdraws (sport climbing, general mountaineering and even winter mountaineering), Climbing Technology Lime Quick Draws have almost no sign of wear and/or damage.
Even the new FIXIT rubber fastener on the lower carabiner is still in great shape and this is certainly a plus for the Like Quick Draws.
About Climbing Technology
Climbing Technology designs and produces innovative devices for all vertical disciplines, specifically designed for safety and the ease of use.
30 years of experience have made Climbing Technology a company that is capable of perceiving the market needs and turning those needs into innovative products for mountaineering, sport climbing and for safety while working at height.
The products made by Climbing Technology are solid examples of Italian experience in the design and manufacture of the highest quality Personal Protective Equipment, designed for use in all vertical disciplines: in the mountains (mountaineering and sport climbing), in a professional environment (working at height, working on a rope, rescue) and in a recreational environment(via ferrata and adventure parks). The specialized diversification and constant research of new materials and new processing techniques are essential for reaching the new goals: they allow us to create devices that meet the most advanced technical and sporting requirements.
Features & Materials
- Carabiner types: straight snapgate carabiner with Catch Free + Wire Gate with Fixit
- Major axis strength: 23 kN
- Minor axis strength: 8 kN
- Open gate strength: 8 kN
- Sling: 11 mm Dyneema sewn runner
- Weight: 90 g
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