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I tend to use my DMM ones more but I still love these.
The red #7 just doing its thing.
I love these stoppers! These were the first pieces of pro that I ever bought, in sizes 4-13. The sizes 4-9 are the best and you should double up on them. I made a totally bomber rap anchor using the #7, a tricam, and two cams. They are great for small cracks and I would rather use one of these than I would a pin (even though I don't own any pins). If you're just starting to build your own trad rack, you should get these immediately.
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Stoppers are wonderful pieces of gear, but the differences between brands are smaller than the manufacturers would have you believe. I like the Black Diamond option because the anodized heads color coordinate for size with the Camalots, which I use as well. This saves me time in sizing gear by eye, and speed is important when you're hanging on a fingerlock, fiddling with stoppers well above your last piece.
A necessary component of any rack.
So this is the mobile we built for our daughter so that she can learn to place a good stopper before she can walk. She feels that BD stoppers are bomber. The crossbars there are BD nut tools and the centerpiece is a hex.
Oh BD stopper I'm so glad I met her
She proves that simpler is usually better
From number one all the way up to thirteen
The sleek sexy stopper is always my queen
It's hard to say her greatest contribution
But I'd have to say the Clean Climbing Revolution
No longer were pin scars a necessary evil
Instead into a crack a stopper you could weasel
How many falls have been arrested by you?
More than I can remember, that's why my loves true.
And it's not just on the way up that your treat me well.
You also are there when it's time to rappel.
How many of you I've left in the mountains?
So many that I can't even count them.
So... I'll scream it from the summit with zealous conviction
She is the best pro for any constriction.
While some times I must flirt with one cam or two
When I run out ... that's when her loves true.
She's lighter and righter and backs up thin sizes
For the lovely stopper my heart heaves and rises.
Some times at the end of a pitch she's all that I've got
And then at the anchor she happily slots.
I hope that I've made my passion clear
With out my beautiful stoppers I wouldn't be here.
There is nothing sweeter than placing a bottleneck nut into a constriction. Cams may be amazing and incredible, but I always feel secure placing a nice nut placement. I use sizes #5-9 more than any other size.
What can I say. No bells or whistles and does the job!!!
I had the small piece of plastic that wraps around the cable and crimp fall off of one of my stoppers, what is a good way to replace it?
I haven't had this problem myself, but looking at one of mine, I would say shrink tubing would probably work best, but electrical tape would probably work fine in a pinch as well. Also, this shouldn't effect the strength of the piece (though might make it a pain on the rack), but if there is any doubt, replace it. A $9 wire is not worth your life, or even the doubt in your head while shaking and pumped out 15 feet above it.
These were the first bits of pro I ever purchased. I bought the 1-13 set when I was starting out and they are very solid. Personally I prefer the ease of placing and cleaning cams, but everyone needs a set of stoppers, and when set right stoppers are super strong placements and yet so lightweight. I don't really see much difference in these stoppers compared to most others of the similar shape and material. I find the useful range of these stoppers to be 4-13, though I really don't prefer placing anything lower than 9 because 9-13 have the opening, and I find I can remove these with my nut tool easier. I have had to clean these even after being weighted, and I've always been able to remove these without having to damage the rock or the nut. The color coding is helpful. A quick note according to the tech specs on this page it says "7/8 2kN", this is obviously meant to be 1/2 not 7/8.
Bomber. Perfect sizes, color coding isnt bad, nice curve and tough wire. What's not to love about the stopper?
I've got two Q's. How big is #13, and will #2 catch me?! Its so small...
#13 is about the size of a golf ball (not as thick though) and #2 will not catch much of a fall, even in a bomber placement. It's intended just for aiding.
BD says that #1&2 are only for aid, but damn, I find great placements for them all the time. I dont run it out when i am above them, but I've taken small falls on the #2 and the wire held just fine, no frays or any problems. I will keep using them on lead and wont think twice about it.
I bought a couple to replace the gaps in my rack and really like the color-coding. They're also prettier, I almost hated to place and scratch them. Okay not really. Like the guy above, stoppers are the foundation of a rack. I will trust one before I will trust any other pro. Make sure you have the full set, and the price is right on these.
Lets be honest: when it comes to protecting a fall, an aluminum wedge is the same, no real matter who stamps their name on it. The real challenge is in knowing how to place these so that they work right. So, practice your placements before you go out and start leading. My bottom line: if you can place them well, stoppers are the best removable protection around!