Ocun Kestrel QD Nano 8 5+1
The Kestrel QD DYN8 features Ocun's ultralight Kestrel carabiners with Dyneema slings, “the world’s strongest fiber”, for minimalist climbing or light alpine expeditions.
The Ocun Kestrel QD DYN8 quickdraw uses two Kestrel 'biners, both of which utilise a wire gate to eliminate gate flutter and to also avoid freezing up in alpine conditions. This combined with super durable Dyneema slings that are able to withstand extreme temperatures make this the ideal quickdraw for use in fast and light alpine missions. Use this quickdraw for minimal hinderances on alpine or ice climbs.
|QUICKDRAW STRENGTH||22 kN|
|MAJOR AXIS STRENGTH||23 kN|
|MINOR AXIS STRENGTH||8 kN|
|OPEN GATE STRENGTH||7 kN|
|GATE OPENING||20 mm|
Dyneema: "The World's Strongest Fiber"
Dyneema is used in various forms of climbing protection, but its application as a life-saving tool expands much further than the sport of climbing. This is because, on a weight-for-weight basis, Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel and is 40 percent stronger than aramid fibers, such as kevlar. You wouldn’t expect it, but Dyneema fiber is regularly used in armoured vehicle protection, as well as in bullet-resistant vests that are capable of withstanding knives, handgun and rifle fire, or even armour piercing rounds. It is a gel-spun, multi-filament fiber that is created from ultra high molecular weight polyethylene - a common chemical combination used in many plastics - however, it has many qualities useful for climbing: fire-resistance self-extinguishing, can withstand extreme cold and hot temperatures, and even floats on water. Tested in life-threatening situations across the world, Dyneema is the ultimate in safety and protection.
Kestrel Key Features
Lightweight Kestrel carabiners with wire gate
8 mm light Dyneema webbing with high durability; length: 15 cm
2 product reviews
I bought these mainly for their weight. As far as I know, these are the lightest quickdraws out there. That is really useful on longer alpine climbs and multipitches in general. Wire lock works well on ice and in snow.
They are also reasonably durable, with no major signs of wear after two years of heavy usage.
Not the best choice for projecting sport routes the hooked nose makes it harder to unclip them when cleaning an overhanging route and the light thin sdyneema straps are not that comfortable to pull on.
very comfortable and light weight and ideal for multipitch