yeah, well, so I wonder if the newly inked FTA includes quickdraws!
as it is, imports cost
. especially when they're friggin heavy metal and rope!! i made a lot of korean friends in the early days by bringing back black diamond harnesses and ropes. . . fortunately, a lot of (clothes and shoes) are made in china these days-- and a lot of shoes and gear-- 5.10, trango, camp (italy) were/are made in korea. . . these are where you see the real deals in korea. with rope, there's really no choice but import, but i've heard people get decent prices (under $200). . .
draws you say? if you check the alpsville link i put in jessica's post, you still go 8 down under "shopping category" (to climbing) and then go 6 down for quickdraws. . . they have options (meteor 15000, lucky 15/16,000, kong 20,000, mad rock 21,000). . . i assume all of these are working tested quickdraws (and after i post this i am going to google check). . . i have trango, they work for me. . . i have friends at trango, my draws were free. . . in the past i've had petzl and black diamond (again, friends and connections) and they were also fine. . . but living in the desert and too many seasons on thai beaches will render even the most expensive draws dysfunctional and trade-able for camel rides, henna tattoos, etc. i've never seen/heard of a biner failing, or the sewn-sling part of a quickdraw
! it may happen, but not to my knowledge. . .but i always get what i get free, and retire (trade to a camel guy) when the elements
render it useless (when i need both hands to open or close the biner). . . if you find something online from the usa (and esp if you need a rope), cozy up to our us military friends
(actually nicole-- not a bad idea as there are still a few single and hot ones out there