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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Jul 24th 2015
Hi Pollie, If by safer you mean stronger, then the answer is no. However, there are cases when they can be really helpful and consequently improve your safety. The obvious advantage is that longer quickdraws are useful when leading "zig-zaging" routes as they help reduce rope drag. Also if you have placed a runner that you are unsure will stay in place, a longer quickdraw is less likely to pull it out when you climb past. If you are sport climbing, however, then 95% of the time you will be completely fine with normal length quickdraws. Hope that helps, Dave

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