Climb Tech Blanco Keylock Review

April 16, 2014
Climb Tech Blanco Keylock
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
88
Weight
7
Gate Responsiveness
8
Gate Opening
8
Nose Snagging
8
Runner Quality
8
Value
9

The Good

  • Tapered, keylock noses on carabiners help prevent snagging on harnesses, slings, and hangers
  • Rope-end side of dogbone runner has rubber retainer stitched into runner to keep carabiner in place
  • Carabiner gates are responsive and snap close quickly
  • Lightweight for a keylock quickdraw
  • Low price and a great value for the features

The Bad

  • Thin dogbone runner is light but harder to grab when making desperate clips or “dogging” a sport route
THE VERDICT

The Blanco is a great draw for climbers looking to buy their first quickdraws or for those looking to add to their rack. It’s lightweight and reliable, with keylock carabiners that handle well and prevent snagging on harnesses or when cleaning sport routes.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

The ClimbTech Blanco quickdraw is a keylock quickdraw with straight and bent gate carabiners and a quality Dyneema dogbone runner at a low price.

FULL REVIEW

The Climb Tech Blanco quickdraw is a lightweight, affordable quickdraw with a number of quality features that make it a great value. The Blanco pairs up two keylock carabiners; a straight gate and a bent gate, connected with a quality Dyneema runner. Weighing 3 ounces, it is comparable or lighter than many other keylock quickdraws available.

Carabiners
The keylock carabiners used on the Blanco are full sized, with a traditional, straight spine. The carabiner’s combination of tapered noses and a keylock gate helps prevent snags when cleaning steep sport route or unclipping from a harness or tensioned rope.

The full-size carabiners make them easy to handle and clip and the gate opening is comparable to many of the larger carabiners on the market such as the Black Diamond Nitron or Trango Smooth carabiners. The Blanco was much admired by testers for its easy handling and clipping.

Dogbone Runners
The dogbone runner is skinny (reducing weight), and measures 10mm wide and 5 inches long. The low weight will be appreciated by climbers looking to drop grams on their rack but the skinny runner may be lacking for serious sport climbers looking for something wider to grab onto when “dogging” sport routes or making emergency clips. The top of the runner is stitched loose to allow movement of the straight gate carabiner. The bottom of the runner has a rubber retainer stitched inside of the runner that does an excellent job of keeping the rope end carabiner in place. 

Value
At $13.95 per draw, the Blanco’s price is hard to beat and is one of the cheapest draws reviewed. It’s not as cheap as some quickdraws, such as the Black Diamond FreeWire, but it has more features than many price point draws, the FreeWire included. To find a keylock quickdraw with a similar weight and a similar, quality dogbone runner you may have to spend $16.95 or more for a draw like the C.A.M.P. Orbit Mixed.

 

 


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MSRP
$14.00
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