Kong climbing equipment doesn’t tend to stick to the norm and the Kong Frog is a good example of this rule, it has been designed as a replacement for a quickdraw but looks nothing like a quickdraw.
The Frog stops thinking of securing the anchor with a hook device similar to a quickdraw and replaces it with a clamping device. Pressing the Frog on the anchor point makes the clamp spring open and secure on the eyelet. It’s as simple as that, no fumbling the catch, no fighting to push the hook through the loop, just press and go. The release mechanism is just as simple, squeeze the triggers and it comes away.
For all those traditionalists and naysayers already mounting up arguments against this device, I’ll just say that I doubt this is meant to replace your entire rack. My initial understanding is that due to the Frogs ease of use you’re only really going to need them for really tricky spots or crux moves. For example, the Frog could be handy if you have to reach out far for your next clip, it’ll save you fumbling and straining your fingers. You can save your energy for the rest of the climb.
I had a go of one of these and I can definitely say the locking mechanism is solid, putting your finger through the catch and it literally snaps such with minimal pressure and its going nowhere after that.
Compare the lock mechanism of the Frog to the superb Petzl Ange, a trusted name an established bit of gear the Ange has a tiny pin to close the unit. The Kong Frog as 2 considerable robust metal plates that slide past each other and lock into opposing sides of the clamp chassis, it is secure.
The Kong Frog is a little over the weight of a standard quickdraw at 130g, but I really doubt 2 or three of these would make a big difference to your climb, unless you’re used to only using full racks of Ange Finesse.
If anything it looks cool and having one of these as an ace up your sleeve is bound to keep the competition at bay. Why not check it out yourself.