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Black Diamond Micro Stoppers

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    Protect the cracks that you didn't even know were there.

    Black Diamond Micro Stoppers are ultra-thin protection for aid climbing and thin trad lines. Copper-infiltrated steel heads fight shearing better than solid copper but are soft enough to prevent breaking the rock. The heads are swaged onto the cables, providing a more durable attachment than soldering. With Micro Stoppers you'll be able to sew up the thinnest cracks, even if you can't get your fingers in them. *Sizes 1 and 2 are meant for aid climbing only.
    • Item #BLD0829

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Aluminum
    Strength
    (1) [2 kN 1], [3 kN 2], [6 kN 4], [6 kN 5], [5 kN 3], [8 kN 6]
    Claimed Weight
    (1) 4 g, (2) 7 g, (3) 10 g, (4) 13 g, (5) 15 g, (6) 21 g
    Recommended Use
    Trad climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Solid

      I recommend sizes 2-5 over the equivalent size BD Stoppers, especially for shallow placements. These have a good taper and typically fit with excellent surface contact. The steel-copper alloy is hard enough that it won't shear when whipped on in hard stone. When the placement is too flared for these, try DMM HB Brass Offsets

      How these fit into your rack

        I bought these to supplement my set of anodized aluminum stoppers (down to 3), thinking that they would protect MUCH smaller cracks than my aluminum stoppers would. This has proven to be somewhat of a misconception, although the Micro stoppers fit shallower placements better than the aluminum ones, the #3 Micro fits cracks of a very similar width as the #3 alu. stopper,(see photo) likewise for the other sizes.

        So why would you buy these (for free climbing) if you already have the aluminum set? First off, I have found that Micros seat better than alu in the same placements. This means that they are less likely to get wiggled out as you pass by, which is great, because if you're placing gear this small, its likely your only option for pro, so it NEEDS to stick. Secondly, because of the narrower head, Micros fit in shallower thin cracks that Alu stoppers would be unstable in. Third, Because of the lack of a cable crimp (the cables ends are permanently fixed in the stopper head), Micros are lighter and rack cleaner than equivalent Alu Stoppers.

        For free climbing, these are really only necessary on a minority of routes, most of them 5.10 and harder. That said, these hardly take up any space or weight on your rack, and when you place one of these, there's a good chance that its the only thing that fits.

        For free climbing, I'd recommend sizes 3,4, and 5. The 6 is hardly micro, and 1 and 2 probably wouldn't hold a fall. Also, 3+4+5 combined weigh about as much as a Neutrino, so they won't inconvenience you if yo don't use them on a pitch, but you will be STOKED if its all that's available and you brought them along.

        RPs are bomb

          These are much stronger for the size than regular aluminum nuts. They are pretty tough and set nicely. You should really only use the steel stoppers in hard rock like granite, use brass ones on stuff like sandstone.

          The wires can bend at the joint pretty easy, that is my only gripe but it happens, what ever...

          I love you Bigtime... Micros!!!

            Oh B.D. Micro stoppers infused with brass
            You are nothing short of Totally Kick Ass
            Your always with me when I'm out on a caper
            Your there for me when the cracks are thin as a paper
            Some people shiver but my eyes just gleam
            When ahead lies nothing but a miniscule seam
            I have no reason to fear
            When I've got you hear
            Yes right on my gear loop you wait in a set
            Oh BD Micros you are a sure fire bet
            Sometimes I'll even resort to the two and the one
            but I try not to whip because it wouldn't be fun
            But when I whittle in a good number three
            I know it is bomber and this gives me glee
            How many sad stories end with and then it got thin
            But I didn't have micros and so couldn't win
            I don't ever want to sing that sad lonesome tune
            So I always have micros when I shoot for the moon
            You've saved me from abrasions, sprains and even broken legs
            That's why to you Micros I owe oh so much thanks.
            Thank you Micros thank you.... I love you you are my bestest friend
            My love for you knows no bounds, borders nor even an end.
            So one more time micros get on my rack
            And lets go sketch out up a micro thin crack.

            Great nuts

              The are some great nuts! Very light and although you want your placements to be perfect with micros, these are easy enough to place. I took a few 10 ft whips on a #4 and the piece was still in tact after, no kinks. They are so light, it's worth carrying them just in case.

              BD Micros

                I agree with Grove, I hate falling on these, but when a whipper is coming, I take at least a little reassurance in these things. Also they are way more durable than any other micro I have used. If needed you can lightly hammer them into a crack and they still remain usable afterward.