Climbers used to rack up with nothing but a harness full of solid-gate oval biners. These days, there’s a draw for every discipline, be it sport, trad, alpine or ice. Solid gate biners are typically burlier than their wiregate counterparts, and most often used in sport climbing, the solid gate better withstanding repeated clips into bolts and chains. Wiregates are typically lighter, capable of being made smaller due to the simple gate design and are less prone to dirt contamination and freezing, making them ideal for trad, alpine or ice climbing use. When choosing a draw, pick the one that best suits your climbing discipline and make sure to pay attention to how it sits in your hand as well as the feel and action of the gates.
The Djinn’s superlative gate action makes clipping a breeze and the refined nose and top bar design prevent snagging on bolts when cleaning your route, making this a staggeringly good sport draw. A large gate opening and generous rope surface accommodates all sizes of ropes, while the String biner keeper prevents your ropeend biner from rotating. The sport draw of choice for budgetminded climbers.
The Crag Indicator’s unique feature is a built-in wear marker sewn into the sling: should the dogbone sustain damage or abrasion, the red core will show through, indicating that it’s time to change the sling. Beefy keylock biners hang on either end of the draw, perfect for heavy use, frequent falls, repeated lowering or anytime where they may be hanging around for weeks on a project.