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On high-traffic routes where constant lowering, falling, and hanging can wear dangerous grooves in aluminum biners, perma-draws have been great. Fixe has come out with a wide array of über-smooth-clipping Wire Rope Draws, for gym and/or crag use. I installed the 10.5” 301-14 draw (w/ biner: 14”) at the crux of a Flatirons project, both to facilitate rapid clipping and cleaning the bottom half when lowering. The cable is rated to 22kN, the wiregate biner to 16kN, and the screw link to 35kN—translation: bomber. (All parts are also CE/UIAA certified.) All of us trying the route dug the snappy gate action at the strenuous “stance,” not to mention the thick, durable metal. Pumped stupid and pushing into big-whipper terrain, we were glad to have a beefy clip. MSRP: $26, fixehardware.com