by ACJfromNiceI like sizes 5 and up. Anything smaller than that gets to be a little hard to place in my opinion. #5-6 can replace the 12-13 nuts and fit in the same size cracks with a few other options and lighter weight. The BIG hexes can be nice if you know you need one for a certain route and don't want to buy a big cam.
The downside is just that not to many people know how to place them so partners can get a bit grumpy when using them.
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 4out of5
by M6915NfromBomber Protection at an Affordable PriceThese are one of the most economical ways to beef up your rack. If you need multiples in certain sizes, these are much more cost effective than buying more cams. If you can live with the clanking noise the puppies make, you will have bomber anchors at a fraction of the cost of cams! When placed properly, these are very easy to get out but hold tight without walking.
Date published: 2011-11-16
Rated 5out of5
by joxfromGreat, solid, place easilyOne advantage of these over the Wild Country Hexentrics is that you can place them with one hand. The Wild Country's use a sling that will hang while BD uses a steel cable that is more rigid. They are less $$ than most other hexes and BD has a solid reputation.
Date published: 2007-09-12
Rated 5out of5
by SpiderwomanfromExcellent Durability and Great ValueThese nuts are very easy to use and are an exceptional value!! They can be easily placed into a crevasse for rope anchoring and are easily removable. Different sizes make them versatile and suitable for a variety of climbing sites. I would recommend these to any avid or sport climber.
Date published: 2008-05-09
Rated 5out of5
by ROCKofGLOVEfromIf you like hexes, get theseIf... if you like hexes, these BD's are awesome. Can be placed in a multitude of orientations (I prefer these over a curved hex design). Cable is stiffer vs. cord, more durable. Bomber.
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 2out of5
by climbinghalfdomefromYou get what you pay for. So true.If you are new to climbing, I would tell you to go ahead and buy 1 set of hex's. Why? Everyone should learn to drive with a beater, before you get into the sports car. These Hexentrics are harder to place than traditional cams or nuts, and there fore only a connoisseur of rock climbing would endorse them. They need that special spot to make them work right. It's an acquired skill.
Why are they shaped that way? In the 1920's-60's climbers used machine nuts (think nut and bolt type nuts) on cordage to slip into the cracks to protect a fall. These wired hex's are their great grand kids.
Before you buy, go to Youtube and watch someone place this gear. You will see they aren't as user friendly as more expensive gear. That said, if you ever MASTER the concept's behind using these hex's, the door is open for you to place other gear quickly and proficiently.
These are also good choice if all you do is set up top rope anchors. In that scenario you've got time to fiddle and wiggle them till you are happy with the placement. Another advantage is these are solid the bigger you go. If you grab the bigger sizes, they slot very well into bigger bottleneck's. Think of a nut placement, but in a 2 inch wide crack.
If you're thinking your getting into lead climbing on trad, save your cash (mow lawns, sell blood) and get a set of camalots. Trust me, you don't want to be 30 feet above your last sketchy hex placement, trying to get another one in. With Camalot's, its plug and play, its pro and go.
Date published: 2012-11-20
Rated 5out of5
by bda9426fromSolid proThis is a totally solid piece of protection. I like it so much, sometimes I'll climb routes only with stoppers. They aren't the world's most versatile piece, but I still prefer these. They're simple, totally solid, pieces of gear. I also love the size range! From pieces so small that they are only used for aid....all the way to sizes fitting larger hand cracks.
The other day I was on a multi pitch climb and came upon the crux on pitch 2. I was pumped and totally scared to make the next move, then I took a glance down and saw a size 10 set so beautifully and knew I had no need to worry. No question it would hold my fall.
The price is another plus! BD has a totally solid reputation but has them at such an affordable price. Great way to beef up your trad rack without costing an arm and a leg.
Date published: 2012-10-02
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