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It's time for cracks, so get the Black Diamond Stopper Pro Set and sew them up.

As the backbone of any trad or aid rack, the Black Diamond Stopper Pro Set includes all 13 sizes to help you protect anything from finger locks to thin hairline seams. All the cams in the world won't take the place of simple, bomber Stoppers. Whether you're just beginning to build your trad rack or doubling up for a trip to Yosemite, the Stopper Pro Set should be the first thing on your shopping list.

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5 5

Nothing feels better than a good nut

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know the feeling; lots of surface contact and friction, a nice constriction, placing it horizontally or vertically... You can't beat a bomber nut placement, and surely these are some of the best to use. If you're just starting to build a rack, this is a great place to start from for cost efficiency and versatility. You really don't want to fall on the little guys, but they'll slow you down more than nothing would. While it's tough to demarcate differences in hunks of metal, the BDs are my go to, and are surely a solid choice to build a rack from or add some pro to your existing one.

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Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

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Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

Stopper Set

Stopper Set

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

I have the black and white version...

I have the black and white version...

I think it looks neat that they are in colors now, but see no need for that. This is a full set, supplemented with a few micros, a few CAMP Speedy nuts (love those!), and a WC or two. Get a couple of the larger hexes and you are set for the alpine!

4 5

Industry standard...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is not a climber out there that hasn't atleast used these. They are simple, lightweight, and they work. I find I get these stuck less often, they are very easy to place, and they have a great range of sizes. One set is generally enough to start with, then supplement with individuals to accommodate your climbing area.

5 5

Great Nuts

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These nuts were the first passive protection on my rack and are the backbone of any great trad rack. Took a 30 foot whipper on the #9 and it was totally bomber. It took 40 mins to remove. I had to literally pound my nut tool with a 10lb rock to release it. Also get sizes 1 and 2 even if they are not intended for lead climbing . If you fall on one its better than having nothing there and if it does break at least it has slowed you down quite a bit.By far the most used piece of pro in the southeast.

How would you rack these? And what would...

How would you rack these? And what would you use to connect the rope to it? Thank you!

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I rack mine on an oval wiregate, pretty much any carabiner will do though. Most people place these, then clip a quickdraw on. Any quickdraw will do, I prefer alpine draws though.

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I often use full length runners, because they allow you to "isolate" the rope movement from the nut placement. The risk of using quickdraws with certain nut placements is that the rope will pull the quickdraw taut, often outward or possibly even upward if there is enough friction between the rope and quickdraw. This can work the nut out of a secure placement as you climb above the placement, leaving you unprotected. Make sure you learn from knowledgable, experienced climbers, preferably instructors, and use books like "Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills" and "Rock Climbing Anchors: A Comprehensive Guide" by Craig Luebben. A well placed stopper can hold one heck of a whipper; a poorly placed one won't even hold your bodyweight. One of the beauties of trad climbing is the complexity of it, which leads to continuous learning and adaptation to new scenarios.

5 5

Great Stoppers!

BD makes quality products and these stoppers are no exception! They place well and the color coding is super helpful. I prefer the Metolius Ultralight Curved Nuts more, but I also carry these on my rack.

5 5

Good gear, toss the pho beener

Good set, beware that the beener included is not load bearing and should not be used on your rack just in case it were to accidently get mixed in.

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... no offense...
faux = fake
Pho = Vietnamese soup

5 5

It's Black Diamond

What's there to say these are black diamond nuts. Then quality is described by the company that makes them.

Stoppers 1-3 are pretty useless unless you are planning on big wall / aid climbing.

Great color variation between the nuts, which makes them easy to tell apart.

Don't forget a nut tool

BD #1-13

BD #1-13

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how has no one commented on this guy's tie-in! from what i can tell it goes something like belay loop, locker, rope-atc-figure eight combination. i can only hope he isn't leading (he does have the stoppers on his hip), lol.

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how has no one commented on this guy's tie-in! from what i can tell it goes something like belay loop, locker, rope-atc-figure eight combination. i can only hope he isn't leading (he does have the stoppers on his hip), lol.

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maybe he just happens to be putting the rope somewhere for a little bit to get it away from his hands so he can do the pointing-thing... im hoping thats the right answer

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His tie also looks to be a figure8 on a bight... Strange...

5 5

Where to Begin

If you want to start climbing outdoors buying this first is the wisest thing one could do. This set will get you plugging everything from little aid stuff to fatty bomber placements.

Go from sketch to solid with a full stopper set.

4 5

Backbone of my rack

I use these a lot, but I find them a little harder to place than the metolious extra light ones. I think I just need to get used to them. They are bomber as can be when I get them in right. I wouldn't climb without them.

according to the specs sizes 1 and 2 only...

according to the specs sizes 1 and 2 only hold 2 kn. Is that strong enough to hold a lead fall? or are they used for top roping or repelling?

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Your right, not strong enough to hold most falls. Stoppers smaller than 2 are meant for direct aid only and should only bear static loads.

size #1-2 only hold 2 kn according to the...

size #1-2 only hold 2 kn according to the specs. is that strong enough to hold a lead fall? or would it be used for something like a belay that doesn't exert a lot of force on the stopper?

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I think that the product literature specifies "aid only" for most small gear with low strength ratings (2kN is only 450lbs of force) This applies to all pro, active and passive with low strength ratings. That said, people still climb on small pro when its the only thing they can place, and while I have never fallen on anything with a strength rating below 6kN, I have seen others fall on small pieces and not pull/break the piece.

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Pretty much they are designed for body weight only placements. Made mostly for aid climbing. I would never trust it to hold a lead fall, nor would I trust it for a belay. In the belay, if your leader falls, it will pull you up, meaning a much higher force than just sitting on it.

5 5

Classic

As a beginner trad climber, I've been working on placing these everywhere I can. BD's set is simple, functional, and the color coding ain't bad. I got the set and doubled up on #'s 4-8.