How to use Carabiners and Quickdraws, warnings, inspection, care and maintenence with instructional pictures.
The Freewire 12cm 2015 is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Freewire 12cm 2015 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.
Freewire 12cm 2015
Light and versatile, the FreeWire is the ideal quickdraw for the climber on a budget.
Perfect for the sport climber on a budget, the Black Diamond Freewire Quickdraw gives full wiregate performance without emptying your wallet. Two wiregate HotWire biners and a durable 18 mm (.7 in) nylon dogbone make for a light, all-purpose quickdraw that's at home everywhere from sport routes to alpine climbs.
New cold-forged HotWire carabiners on the top and bottom
Dual wiregates eliminate any chance of gate flutter
Equipped with a 18 mm (.7 in) nylon dogbone with Straitjacket
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The Black Diamond FreeWire isn't much to look at at first glance, but we were quickly reminded not to judge a book by its cover. It performs well in most situations (the exception being super steep sport climbing), and if you're more interested in value than esthetics you'll want a set of these draws. If your entire draw rack is made up of scavenged leaver-biners, consider spending a few dollars for this good and durable product.
In terms of quality, the Black Diamond FreeWire Quickdraw delivers. It's not going to win any beauty contests, but who cares? The construction is solid, and fellow RI contributor Bryce has actually towed a car with one. The jury is still out about whether that's a good idea. The point is that they are strong. I've taken dozens of falls on them. The carabiners are rated to 24 kilonewtons for vertical falls and they have a sturdy wire gate construction with a crisp spring action. The dogbone is rated to 22 kilonewtons and is beefy enough to grab. Not that you would. You're a beast.