Going to France without my usual climbing partner so need to purchase some QD's for a bit of light sport climbing. There are some good deals out there on DMM Spectre 2's but just wondered if there were any other thoughts out there that people would like to share.
I've got a set of DMM Shadow sport draws with the new Alpha Clip gate. Really ergonomical (rope practically falls into the biner), tough enough for heavily working routes, and I think the Shadow is one of the best biners to grip. Highly recommended.
You should either get the cheapest QDs you can find, or good sport QDs.
I have Spectre 2's as trad draws - they're great for that. being cheap, pretty light and typical superb DMM build quality. But for a proper sport climbing QD you want a beefy bolt-end karabiner with a hookless nose, and fat nylon tapes. And if you just want cheap, there are cheaper options although they won't be anywhere near DMM build quality.
For purely sport climbing the DMM alpha are brilliant for redpointing. Also the shadows. They are stout plenty of material where the bolt will over time chew the biner. The clean nose make them really easy to clean off steep routes.
Spectres are good but maybe too light weight for redpointing. Would be good for long onsighting where your carrying maybe 10-15 drawers.
> I wouldn't use the term 'build quality' here. All equipment is CE stamped so has been well tested. The differences will be in weight and design subtleties that make them nice to use.
And what, pray, are "weight and design subtleties that make them nice to use" if they aren't build quality?
My current sport 'draws are DMM Aeros that are about four years old. I have a some similar krabs, about the same age and same amount of use, from Austri Alpin: compared to the DMMs they have suffered far worse wear and the gate action has become rough. Austri Alpin is a reputable company and I don't expect their karabiners to break, but to suggest that the DMM ones aren't better built would be ludicrous.
I've got a bunch of DMM quickdraws with the Thor carabiners. Love them. Quality is top notch, and the extra strength of the Thor biners gives me a bit of extra peace of mind. (even though non-Thor biners are certainly strong enough for pretty much every situation.)