rbr5630684 wrote a review of Wild Country Anodized Rockcentrics Set #3-9 on May 31, 2012
Some know-it-all climber offering me unsolicited beta about the route I was racking up for last weekend told me leave these at the bottom (his condescending words: "you probably don't know how to use those any more than I do.") He had two sets of cams swinging from his gear sling--I own one set. I chose to to ignore his beta and head up cowbells ringing, and I was instantly glad I did! I ended up using four of them, including a ridiculously bomber placement in which I fed the big blue into the rock with the sling coming up and around a small lip; a location no cam would have fit, and a perfect example of the kind of placement you can make with slung hexes that you can't make with wired ones.
I can think of no situations in which I've wished I had wired hexes, and plenty of ones in which I've been glad my hexes were slung. The slug hexes are easier to cam and more versatile in their placement possibilities. If I'm reaching up to a crack that might fit a wired hex, I'm usually doing so with a cam. The times when I'm using my hexes are generally ones when I've already got my hand in the feature I'm trying to place my hex in, and thus don't need the wire to reach for anything. Though there are plenty of places where hexes work and nothing else will, I mostly use my hexes to save cams; I'm not adverse to punching in a cam when pumped, relaxing once I'm clipped in, placing a hex, and removing the cam to save it for later. Buy these--all true trad spirits rock the cowbells!