“Your draws are looking a little fuzzy.” said every person I’ve ever climbed with in the last three years.
While this can motivate you more than ever to send and to not take wingers, there is also that desire to not have any gear explode and hit the ground (for me, anyway). Time to hit the Internet and see what I should be looking for. My first set of alpine draws were the only ones I’ve ever owned, so I had officially spent seven-ish years not looking at what was on the market.
Down the Internet rabbit hole I went. I’d heard good things about the Trango Phase Alpine Draws, and I was keen to learn more. I recently took them with me on an Alaska trip and climbed in Hatcher’s Pass. Here is the nitty gritty:
The Trango Phase Alpine Draws includes a Phase Straight Wire Carabiner on one end of the quickdraw. It’s meant to clip protection, either gear or a bolt. A Phase Bent Wire Carabiner rests on the rope end. Thanks to a large rope bearing surface and good gate clearance, both of these carabiners offer smooth and seamless clipping, not to mention clipping these biners are incredibly satisfying. The strength ratings are as follows: strength for major axis (closed) is 22 kilonewtons. Strength for major axis (open) is 7 kilonewtons. Strength for minor axis is 8 kilonewtons.
All of these specs make these the perfect all-around carabiners for racking up on a harness. Both wire carabiners are “D” shaped and individually, weigh 30g. They are connected with a 60cm-long, 11mm-wide sling. With a 60cm Dyneema blend sling, in total, the Phase Alpine Draw weighs in at 80g total. They are connected with a 60cm-long, 11mm-wide sling. With a 60cm Dyneema blend sling, in total, the Phase Alpine Draw weighs in at 80g total.
The sling is made of a low-profile weave, which means that they are super simple to rack on a harness, make into alpine draws, and extend quickly. Other alpine draws don’t extend as well and get jammed up in itself, causing a clusterfuck while you’re trying to clip your rope. These draws are a dream: not only are they light and strong, but they feel great in your hand.
What else can I really say? The weight and durability are unbeatable, and these alpine draws come at an extremely attractive price point, whether you buy them individually or as a pack of four. Everything about these draws works—from the color coordination for keeping things organized to functionality. Whether you are starting to build your own rack for the first time or are continuing to add to it, the Trango Phase Alpine Draws are great for the price and the perfect addition for sport, trad, and alpine objectives.
The Trango Phase Alpine Draws retail as a pack of four for $78, or individually at $20 a pop. You can purchase your own set here.
Disclosure: I have received the gear for this review from Trango. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.
All photographs, unless otherwise mentioned, are courtesy of Trango.