Warnings and instructional pictures.
This version of the Plume is officially retired.You've found a page of history! The Plume is no longer produced by Grivel and it is not available to buy from major online retailers. You can still check out all the specs and claim your ownership.
All our slings and quickdraws are made of Dyneema.
We sew them in Italy, using new hi-tech programmable bar-tacking machines.
We can therefore guarantee the quality of the job and reduce the
risk of human error.
We use Dyneema as a logical consequence of the attention we give to the minimum weight of our carabiners: a super light carabiner requires a super light sling!
All in all I think these are great bits of kit and deserve a place in anyones rack, however for the sticky gate I can only give them 1 thumb up, otherwise it would have been a definite two.
In general the quickdraws we reviewed are all good quality products that you can't really go wrong with. For someone after pure weight-saving then 12 CAMP Nanos will weight roughly the same as 10 Edelrid Missions. Where every gram counts this might be the difference between success and failure. Having said that it is almost certain that on most long trad pitches, rope drag is going to add a lot more than the weight of a quickdraw to slow you down, so a good mixture of longer quickdraws and extension slings like the 25cm DMM Alpha Trad will be more beneficial to help reduce rope drag. Those who are prone to fumble clipping might want to steer clear of the very smallest krabs and go for a good clean nose style like the Black Diamond Oz.
During writing this test I have had a trad rack consisting of at least one of all the quickdraws in this review and I have found myself choosing the quickdraw based on the placement - long ones for runners to the side, short ones for the low runners, clean nose for the grip clip, leaving the very lightest ones for the top. I wouldn't advise carrying 7 different styles, but a mixture of lengths and styles is definitely worth considering.