DMM's premium quickdraws utilize their patented Shield carabiners that have a patented keylock nose and I-beam hot forging technology to create super light and strong carabiners. This feature set combined with the ergonomic design of the carabiner result in DMM's strongest and safest quickdraw set. The clean nose means the carabiner does not snag on gear, steep routes can be cleaned easily and there are no recesses on the nose to catch on protection and allow the biner to be dangerously loaded away from the spine.
Gate open strength is an impressive 10kN, but more than that it is very hard to get this carabiner to misbehave. This is because the ergonomic design means that it is almost impossible to cross-load the biner in a real life situation* and very hard to load the carabiner away from it's spine. The wire gate keeps weight to a minimum, while providing an easy clip with minimum chance of the gate fluttering, freezing or gunging up.
Light, stong and effortless to handle, the Shield Quickdraw, with 2 Shield biners that have a no-snag nose and easy clipping twisted wire gates is a dream draw for the sport climbers rack.
|Country of Origin:||UK|
|Gate Type - Rope End:||wirelock|
|Weight:||81 - 86 g|
|Dmm Shield||$12.67 - $14.95|
These are some incredible quickdraws! Really really light and insanely easy to clip in to.
I have a rack of mixed draws, mainly consisting of these and Wild Country Wildwires. I save placing these until last when I can start feeling the weight of my gear.
My only slight issue is that the gate is so narrow, sometimes the caribiner can be hard to open when taking off your gear loops. This is a minor problem, and once they break in a little bit, things get much smoother and nicer.
If they weren't so dang expensive, I'd have a rack of all of these draws
12cm DMM Shield QD is a great quickdraw - light, smooth, easy to grab and handle. Binners are top quality (as expected when you buy DMM gear).
18cm is so-so. Dogbone twists, bolt end binner twists.
If you are not on budget grab 8 or so 12cm DMM Shield QDs and 8 or so 18cm Petzl Spirit. 8 12cm DMM Shields will serve as short sport draws and trad draws, 8 Spirits will serve when pushing up on your next extra hard sport project. Thus you will have a universal "do it all" set of quickdraws.
I recently bought this quickdraw and began using it the next day. Its innovative gate structure provides the lightweight design of a wire gate but does not compromise with its closure: a non-snag system (like Petzl's carabiners). I bought the 18cm model which is surprisingly lightweight for its strength. Great quickdraw with a design that makes you go wow. I would strongly recommend buying one.
The quickdraws are hard to touch. They are super lightweight, and I really like the action. I have heard some comment that the action is a little stiff, but I think it's right on.
The only con is the price. If money is no object, or if theyre having a killer sale, I say go for it.
These are absolutely plush. So light they feel like they could almost float upwards out of your hand. You may wan to intermingle some longer draws on your rack in order to have some options for medium extensions since these are somewhat short (but not so much so that you 'need' longer ones).
I would say the top two draws are this one and the Petzl spirit. But for the best of the best, it is the DMM Shield. They are super light, oh so smooth, and they just look damn sexy. You have no reason to doubt this draw, it is the best out there.
These draws remind me of a big gym draw that is nearly impossible to miss a clip, but are incredibly light for how big they look. Awesome draw easy cleaning and look awesome DMM has some awesome gear
I love the clean action, the wire gate, the nice clipping, and the lightweight. My girlfriend finds them hard to un-clip because of the smaller gate. Other than that they are great!