A quickdraw is made up by two parts, the 2 sets carabiner and a sling that connects the carabiner. There are different types based on combination of different design for carabiner and the sling. For instance, we may use a straight gate carabiner on one end, wire gate carbainer on the other side with a 11mm length sling. (Total length is 27mm).
What’s the charateristics for each type? Well, below is a short check:
1. From gate type view:
- Straight-Gate, Easy to operate, straigth from the pivot point to the end
- Bent-Gate, Quick and easy to clip a rope, connection with the rope directly
- Wire-Gate, less likely open during a fall than a solid gate
2. From Sling Length view:
- 11mm Most regular type you need, especially for a relatively straight route
- 17mm Good choice to reduce rope drag.
How many quickdraws are needed for your activities? Well, consider this element: how long your climbing rounte would be. The longer your sport rounte is, the more quickdraws you would need. Normally, we get started from 12 sets. When the climbing rounte is more than 30 meters long, we need about 20 quickdraws. Of courses, some extras ones attached to your harness won’t hurt.