ORIGIN Gear FAQs answer your common questions about climbing gear. In this weeks addition we tackle those pesky harness charms known as Quick Draws. What is a quick draw, do you need them, and how do you pick out the best set? Got more questions about gear? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom
A Quick Draw is a piece of equipment used in Sport Climbing that allows lead climbers to establish anchor points along the route. Quick Draws are an essential piece of equipment for lead climbing outdoors. Many indoor climbing gyms like ORIGIN will pre-clip draws to their lead routes, so if you are only climbing indoors you may not need them.
One end of a quick draw is designed to be clipped to a bolt hanger, while the other end is used to attach the rope. For specific instruction on how to use a Quick Draw, please consult a professional climbing guide or check out our Outdoor Education page for a list of outdoor classes at ORIGIN.
As with most climbing equipment, there is no one answer to this question. Which quick draws are best for you will depend on your experience level, budget, and personal preferences. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. More expensive draws will generally be more durable, have a smoother clipping function, and will last longer. Check out the image below for more information on the construction of quick draws and how to differentiate the different options.
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