How to use Carabiners and Quickdraws, warnings, inspection, care and maintenence with instructional pictures.
The LiveWire 12cm 2014 is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The LiveWire 12cm 2014 is no longer produced by Black Diamond and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
LiveWire 12cm 2014
Providing a secure connection between rock and rope, the Black Diamond LiveWire Quickdraw is our top-of-the-line sport climbing draw with the snag-free benefits of HoodWire Technology. The LiveWire carabiner on the bottom features a simple metal wire over the nose, which allows for keylock functionality in a wiregate design. The durable, east-to-grab Vari-width dogbone also features a Straitjacket insert to keep the bottom biner properly oriented.
Hot-forged Dynotron on top and LiveWire wiregate with HoodWire Technology on the bottom
Snag-free keylock top biner for easy clipping
Draw-friendly carabiner surface keeps runners oriented where you want them
Equipped with a Vari-width dogbone with Straitjacket
Still, if you clip a lot of bolts, you may find it worth the investment, especially if you are looking to replace some worn and aging draws. There is no question in my mind that this is simply the finest quickdraw you can find on the market today. Sorry Petzl
Finally, a quickdraw built for actual, real-world sport climbing! The Black Diamond LiveWire is a snazzy green quickdraw that has quickly become my favorite way to connect rope to rock.
The LiveWire is equipped with a beefy, wide nylon dogbone (sling) that fits right into my hand, and is easy to grab. This was my favorite feature, as it made my favorite part of sport climbing, grabbing draws, easier.
I would have given the LiveWire the Alpinist Mountain Standards award, but one of my Dynotrons has become very sticky—albeit after extensive use—and won't shut on its own anymore. I am not sure how common this is, but discovering this problem from an otherwise solid product was a little disappointing.
Pros: Very easy to clip, even with gloved hands; easy cleaning keylock avoids snagging.
Cons: Potentially sticky gates on the Dynotron biners.