Rated 2 out of
You 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: 2014-03-26
Rated 5 out of
Solid 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.