Beal Be Free Rubber
Designed to reduce wear, promote soft catches, and make clipping easier, the Beal Be Free Rubber is a quickdraw designed specifically for sport climbing. A large rubber insert securely locks the bottom 'biner in place to prevent cross loading and facilitate clipping, and the Be One (bottom) 'biner minimises rope friction to care for ropes and decrease rope drag. (Click through for more info on the Be One.) This extra durability and sport-orientated design makes it ideal for the sport climber seeking both longevity and performance.
|WEIGHT||(12 cm) 102 g / (17 cm) 107 g|
• 12 mm and 18 mm variable tubular sling for an optimal grip when working a route
1 product review
The larger and more rounded Be One 'biner for the rope does indeed reduce friction compared to normal quickdraws, especially when compared to something like a stainless steel 'biner your gym might have permanently fixed to the walls.
Some of the points they could improve upon:
1. The force to open the gate when clipping your rope in is slightly higher than other carabiners.
2. The overall shape of the 'biner is slightly thick and box-like which makes handling it a bit awkward sometimes. This could entirely be a personal preference / related to hand size, but a longer more narrow shape, bringing the back edge in closer to the gate might help with this.
3. The flatter bottom edge means that your rope is more likely (in my limited experience using them) to get caught between the gate and the bottom edge. It seems like this could be improved if the bottom edge slopped down a bit more aggressively to both clear the gate a bit better, and guide the rope to the low point, more, aggressively.
Overall happy with this set. The longer 17cm length is particularly good as a first draw, and anywhere you need a longer draw that is going to carry more load pulling the rope into a concave or direction change part of the route.