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QuickDraw length

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oakwood-jones · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0

Total noob question, but I'm buying my first set of draws and am indecisive on what lengths to get.

Going for a set of 12 and thinking probably eight 12cm and four 18cm. I understand that this is heavily dependent on each particular route, but as a general do-it-all sport climbing rack for most scenarios am I on track? More or less of the longer ones?

Daniel Kay · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

Your setup is good.

Most sport routes wander minimally. 4 long draws will suffice for funky placements, routes, and badly-placed bolts.

Justin Headley · · Tucson · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 330

FWIW I keep gravitating towards longer and longer draws. I've been phasing out my first set of quickdraws and have been replacing them with longer ones. The extra few inches you'd fall in a lead fall is negligible and on long routes, they can help a lot with rope drag.

But what you have in mind would work fine, also.

JK- Branin · · Southern New Hampshire · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 58

If it were me I'd also get 2 really long ones. Petzl makes a 25 cm dogbone that is nice. Or two alpine draws. Super useful for that one really out of line bolt (happens quite a bit in areas with fractured rock) or the last bolt before/on a roof. And if you don't extend it, you can use it just like a normal draw.

My $.02

GilaShot · · Western Antarctic, New Engl… · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 0

Agreed, your choices sound good. I sometimes also carry one or two alpine draws on long sport routes. They are nice because you can clip them short if they're not necessary, but you can extend them if the route is wandering or is going over a roof.

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

A lot of it depends on where you climb. You probably won't actually need 4 long draws, but using a draw that's too long isn't a big problem, you just fall a bit further. :)

Also note that you can rig an extended draw from 2 normal draws by removing the bolt end biner of one and clipping them together.

Noah Yetter · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 105

I find 25s to be more useful than 18s. I bring two with me, use them rarely, but am glad to have them when I need them. I also bring two alpine draws which are about 18 when tripled up. Also rarely used but much appreciated.

If all my gear caught fire and I had to start over, I think 8 12s and 2 alpines would be what I'd get first.

S. Neoh · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 0

The draws I bring for sport routes - 2x 12cm, 8 to 10x 18cm, 2x 25 cm, and 2x 2-foot slings, each doubled up.

Ball · · Oakridge, OR · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 70

He might be buying a set to get a discount, in which case the proper answer is 18.

Pavel Burov · · Russia · Joined May 2013 · Points: 50

Depends on rock, wall steepness, local route setting ethics and culture, etc. The safe choice is to go with the "typical now days rack in my region".

E.g., on feature reach near-vertical rock it is good to have more diverse QDs rack (to have an option to prevent rock edge to binner contact).

It's a good idea to have couple QDs equipped with "small" bolt-end binner (Petzl Ange S, Nano 22, Nineteen G, etc) - sometimes bolt is placed just above a rock feature (this is not necessarily the route setter's mistake - sometimes there're not that much options for bolt placement).

Personally I prefer longer QDs (18cm and 25cm) to shorter (10cm or 12cm) ones and try to carry all three sizes (e.g., 25cm x2 + 18cm x6 + 12cm x6) + at least one shoulder length sling + random binners to have as much diverse rack as possible.

Jason L. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 40

The difference between the 12 and 18 seems neglible overall. I'd pick one or the other, and keep 2 to 4 alpine draws for extending.

Matt Himmelstein · · Orange, California · Joined Jun 2014 · Points: 125

You are talking bout less than 2 inches. It really is not that big a deal. If you want two lengths, you can go with 6 and 6 since there are a lot of deals on 6 packs.

caughtinside · · Oakland CA · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 1,470

There is no reason to get more than one or two short draws unless you enjoy rope drag.

Eli · · GMC3500 · Joined Nov 2010 · Points: 2,788

I recommend getting all 18 or longer. I really like my super long petzl ones.

Ball · · Oakridge, OR · Joined Jan 2010 · Points: 70
caughtinside wrote:There is no reason to get more than one or two short draws unless you enjoy rope drag.

Get the 18in draws and close the thread.
Hiro Kurotsuchi · · Colorado · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 300

Difference between the 10,12,16cm is minimal. I second having 1-2 of the 25cm Petzl dogbones though, so useful when you need it.

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