Metolius Bravo Wiregate Quickdraw
An excellent all-purpose quickdraw
The redesigned Metolius Bravo Wiregate draw is an excellent all-purpose quickdraw, and it deserves a place on your rack for a variety of reasons. I’ve been using the Bravos for the better part of a year, and they are durable, clip like a charm, and are light enough for alpine walls, where weight is suffering. Six of the Bravos weigh in at just over a pound, and the length of the webbing is six inches.
They have double wire-gates, using their Bravo biner, which has a flared appendage where the gate closes, intended to prevent the gate from accidentally opening. A feature I liked is the double-ply webbing, which makes it ideal for hard sport climbing and projecting. Why? The increased thickness makes it easy to grab, gives you extra confidence if you’ve got them strung up for a few sessions, and gives a nice overall structure to the draw. This ain’t no limp noodle. Metolius uses a plastic end-cap that they call the “Jig,” which, like other sport draws, keeps the bottom biner in the proper clipping direction. The stitching on the top side of the draw is snug tight to the biner (part of the redesign), further helping to keep it upright as well. This was a fine redesign by Metolius.
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