In the never-ending quest of weight reduction, Edelrid have produced a world first; the Edelrid Nineteen G Quickdraw. This amazingly lightweight carabiner (19g) is full-strength at 20kN and compact in size. We’ve been testing the Nineteen G Set over in El Chorro, Spain to see how they performed.
One of the first attributes of this quickdraw to notice is the size, they are absolutely tiny (78 x 50mm). This is either a pro or con to the carabiner depending on your application – the small size is obviously great for space and weight saving, however the gate is slightly more difficult to operate (especially with big hands) when you are use to full-size biners.
The gate has a nice action to it and the rope clips in with relative ease, the clipping action does take fractionally longer just due to the dexterity required to operate the carabiner (both on leading, and descending). With that in mind this quickdraw is probably better suited to long routes (multi-pitch and alpine) rather then short sport routes at the limit of your ability.
One fantastic use for these (and a reason why we will always have a couple on the rack) are as spare quickdraws. Say you need 12 quickdraws for a route, chances are most of us will take a couple spare – and if they are unlikely to be used, why take full-size full-weight quickdraws to weigh you down?
Since we’ve tested the Nineteen G Set, they’ve become a permanent addition to the back gear loops of the harness and we’d certainly recommend these to any climber looking to save some weight. So whether you’re using these for their intended purpose (Alpine & Multi-Pitch routes), or as a spares, these carabiners are a great addition to anyones rack.