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Great for the Alpine
These things are great for two main reasons! Cost and Weight. When going on Alpine climbs i always have my cowbells with me. The cost is great incase of need of retreating off a route. I would much rather leave a couple of these up on the route then an expensive cam thats for sure! These also save quite a bit of weight on long approaches. These do however take a longer time to master the placements. But once you get them down they are bomber! And with so many ways of placing a Hex they are one of the most versatile pieces on my rack. Won't leave home without em!
Great if your a cow person
I really like the functionality of these and the fact that they are dyneema slung. I have alwasy been able to find a p;acement for the red one. I would also recomend getting the smaller ones as well they make a good add on to a stopper set. I generally leave the biggest three on the ground unless im just 100% positive ill use one just becasue theyre so noisy. Fortunately they work as a great early warning system to your belayer when you fall.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
these are vital for any trad rack. incredibly lightweight and very easy to place. I love using these for building anchors and placing pieces in cracks. however, be sure and bring along a nut tool. for some reason I've had more trouble than usual retrieving these.
Love the cowbell!
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!
For the weight watchers
When I find myself trying to reduce weight on easier accents I turn to the Rockcentrics. I find when I can take the little extra care to look for the best hex placements I can eliminate most cams off my rack. I do not suggest doing this on routes that you may find difficult, but works well for mountaineering ascents where you want protection. With the curves along each of the placement sides the seem to slide into place without effort. Most of these fit in cracks large enough to get your hand into therefore eliminating the need for wires. The Dyneema slings in my experience tend to help keep the pieces in the wall despite rope drag. Overall I am very happy with these pieces when I am trying to reduce the weight of my rack.
Good, but having nuts is more important!
tbh, I don't place these that often, when they just end up weighing me down and getting in the way. Having said that when I have been able to place them, they tend to slot in quite well, and the long sling means that the rope has to move around a lot before the hex comes out.
Apparently, you can cam with them (I'd assume most effectively in a horizontal crack), but I've never tried that/got it to work.
My regular climbing partner has the BD wired hexes and having a set of both is quite handy. Wired are good for otherwise reachy placements, while slung hexes make it harder for rope movement to pop them out.
Fantastic Product - Great Price!!!
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Cheers Back Country!
Great Mid-Sized Pieces
These are kind of in the middle of the spectrum as far as ease and security of placements. They aren't as awesome as the spendy new torque nuts, which are essentially an improvement on this already nifty design, but knock the pants off the wire slung straight BD hexes. I have placed them in interesting and what I thought were marginal placements only to be surprised at how well they resisted the rope movement. The sling prevents rope movement problems almost every time, but not as well as the torque nuts. Their awesome shape creates excellent camming action against the rock, and really locks them into placements, but again not as well as torque nuts. Why would I recommend this set then? Well, these come in a full range of sizes, and are roughly half the price of the new torque nuts. Consider these as the first buy, and then torque nuts for doubles when you do long alpine routes.
good for top roping too
A girlfriend of mine had these things, we used them all the time to setup our top rope anchors. At Devil's Lake you are sometimes lucky to even find one tree to anchor too, so these bad boys worked great for taking advantage of cracks, especially because the dyneema sling bends so easily and contours to the rock's surface. I prefer to anchor to trees myself, but plan on picking a set of these up for backup real soon!
...aaaaaaand purchased my own set :-)
These things are sweet
I really like these hexes. The are pretty easy to place, and just seem to fit in all sorts of places. The weight makes em great for alpine, or just to throw on your harness for a few extra pieces. The sling definetly helps keep drag down, i've never had them budge after placing them. Great pro.
I really, really, really like these things
I prefer the dyneema hexes over the wired versions as they are a little easier to place. Another plus is the asymmetric design that allows for multiple types of placement.
Wild about these things
If you find a good placement, these things are absolutely bomber (if you find a great placement, your second will absolutely hate you!).
These are my bread and butter on alpine climbs. Leave the cams at home. The Dyneema slings are bomber, I tie an overhand knot in all of mine to shorten them up and then if needed untie it when I place the hex. The curved head rocks, it is such an improvment over the older staight style. Between a set of these and a set of stoppers just about any route can be protected.
they rule. i highly recommend them.
I found the graceful curve on the backside did not engage as solidly as more agressive angles on hexes such as the Black Diamond Wired hex set; especially on jagged cracks.
Still a great set for setting up TR for youth at work.