Dirtbag climbers live for the dream: a rope, a rack and the shirt on your back. Unfortunately that rack can cost more than your first car. Dirtbags everywhere can officially rejoice: a reasonably priced quickdraw has come to town, courtesy of Texas-based ClimbTech.
ClimbTech has a full assortment of quickdraw styles: a wire-wire, straight-bent keylocks, and straight keylock-wire, all sharing the same hotl-forged construction and five inch by 12mm Dyneema dogbone, rated at 23kN, with a rubber keeper on the rope biner. We absolutely adore the Ultra-Light all-wiregate model, weighing in at a svelte 2.7oz.
The wiregates minimize gate lash, the effect of shock-loading a draw where the gate can whip back and forth from open to closed position, raising the probability of the rope escaping the basket. Wiregates are a tad lighter too, and resist icing, which can be a registered bitch at altitude. The gate opening is generous, the rope bearing surface expansive, and at 25kN the Ultra-Light definitely has the beef. Clipping is a pleasure, and for some reason knowing you didn't get horked on the price just seems to make the rope go in a little bit smoother.