I usually prefer the longer draws. I have noticed that they are more flexible and often the draw has rotated so that the spine lies against the rock and the gate of the clipping biner points out. Not sure this matters.
Mark E Dixon From Sprezzatura, Someday Joined Nov 29, 2007 289 points
Any huge disadvantage to using 17cm (longer) quick draw slings? It was all the store had in stock...
I would avoid using them for the first few bolts if you might fall or for the first bolt over a ledge. But otherwise, sure, they are fine. They will help cut down on drag better compared to shorter draws. Some long draws are harder to clip though, so you may want to play with it in the store.