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Gear Guide 2020: Black Diamond Hot Forge Hybrid Quickpack 12cm Review

Our picks for the best gear of 2020.

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The Black Diamond Hot Forge Hybrid Quickpack 12cm. 

Last autumn, I punted on a route due to fumbling with a sticky-gated draw then pumping out—arrrggghhh! Smooth gate-action is a must at your limit, and BD has nailed it with these draws, which have the über-fast-clipping, redesigned HotWire wiregate on the bottom—I never bobbled once, even on limit sends. I dug the “hybrid” aesthetic, too: A Hot Forge solid-gate biner on top made for easy visual distinction from the rope-side biner, which is bright blue to make a good clipping target. Best yet, the six-pack-o’-draws only weighs 21 ounces—they’re incredibly light. MSRP: $90

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