Protection

Category

Camming Devices
Chocks, Nuts, and Hexes
Ice Screws
Snow Anchors
Pitons
Bolts, Anchors, and Hangers

Brand

Fixe
Mad Rock
Metolius
Omega Pacific
Petzl
Kong
Trango
Black Diamond
Wild Country
DMM

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Protection Device Reviews

DMM Wallnut

rated 5 of 5 stars Great multi-purpose passive pro. The DMM Wallnut is a superb nut for nearly all types of climbing. I've used these in gneiss, granite, and limestone. The thing that sets the Wallnuts apart is a longer shape, that tapers differently with the sides being more offset. This results in a variety of more useful placements. Practically speaking these offer more secure fits in a lot of spots compared to simpler nuts. I've got a set of BD/Grand Wall nuts I have compared them with side by side.  The other… Full review

DMM Dragon Cam

rated 5 of 5 stars I've used Dragons for the past three years and love them. I've climbed with them on granite, limestone, quartzite and sandstone. I've done cragging with them as well as alpine climbing.  The newest version are awesome, and while the weight savings and unanodized lobes are nifty, they don't really add much except piece of mind. But these are phenomenal cams. The workmanship is superb, and I love not having to grab a draw when placing these on crack routes in particular thanks to the extendable slings. Full review

Wild Country Helium Friends

rated 5 of 5 stars These lightweight improvements on the original design for spring loaded camming devices are great for trad, alpine, and beyond. I began my trad career on Friends, so these for me are a great system to use. Overall they perform great on limestone, quartzite on granite. I am comfortable with all sizes ranges and I did find them a little tricky to get back into, but now that I am used to them again I find placements easy as ever. In large cracks their longer than average stems are definitely an asset. Full review

Fixe Stainless Steel Hanger

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very good hanger that will last. If you need a bombproof hanger, this is what you want. They are heavy, but will last. I have placed several in various caves. You can tell they are a quality product. Full review

Rock Empire Robot Cam

rated 3 of 5 stars While these cams do not have the range per piece (or as an entire set) of BD C4s or Wild Country Friends, they are much cheaper. Robot cams are also a bit heavier than equal size of other cams. While essentially not as good a cam as its competitors, the price of Robot cams is so low that they are great for the climber on a budget. In the Czech Republic these cams retail for $25 each, regardless of size. In the US I found a set of 8 for $150 shipped. At this type of price the cash strapped climber… Full review

Black Diamond Camalot C4

rated 5 of 5 stars Still the gold standard in camming devices. Superb construction and functionality; large camming range; competitively priced — I cannot imagine a better all-round cam. Rack up with a set of C4s and your confidence will take a leap up — there is simply no better all-round cam. Great design and construction, 4 lobes for maximum grip, perfect camming angle, biggest camming range, smooth trigger action, a thumb-loop for stability when placing, pretty colours and years of on-the-job performance. Full review

Black Diamond Express

rated 5 of 5 stars Have used these on several outings. Ice screws bite great, hold well, and clean with ease. These are great ice screws that I feel comfortable relying on when my life is on my rope. They bite very well into ice and are placed easily. They clean well when racking up and are solid, reliable construction from Black Diamond. On one trip I even drove a couple of these guys into some tree roots and made an incredibly bomber anchor. Full review

CAMP Ball Nut

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great idea... never use them though. None of my climbing partners will use these, and to be honest — I've only ever placed them out of curiosity. Because of the specific width — you are limited to finding cracks with that exact proportion for the camming-ball to fit. Realistically, any other nut will do. The wires get bent very easily, so the ball twists and turns. Great idea... never use them though. They still hang on my harness, though I often discard them when selecting gear — they're… Full review

Metolius Ultralight Fat Cam

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love these cams. Although they are harder to contract then the BD they work great in the rock. I have all the sizes and the colour coding system make it so easy to recognize the sizes. They're as strong as any other cam out there and some off the lightest ones available. Great stuff, love Metolius gear. I bought a full spread of the ultralight cams last season and love them. Although it is the first set of cams I have owned I have used other one and researched them extensively before purchasing… Full review

Top-Rated Protection

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Fixe Plated Steel Hanger Bolt/Anchor
$3
Mad Rock Sentinel Hanger Bolt/Anchor
$3
Metolius Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger Bolt/Anchor
$4
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fixe Stainless Steel Hanger Bolt/Anchor
$4
Omega Pacific Rappel Ring Bolt/Anchor
$4 - $5
Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut Passive Protection Device
$4 - $142
Petzl Coeur Bolt/Anchor
$75 - $599
Metolius Enviro Bolt Hanger Bolt/Anchor
$5
Fixe Wedge Bolt Stainless Bolt/Anchor
$5
Fixe Rappel Ring Bolt/Anchor
$5 - $8
Kong Resting Fiffi Hook Passive Protection Device
$5
Trango BigBro Passive Protection Device
$6 - $104
Fixe Ring Anchor Bolt/Anchor
$7 - $11
Black Diamond Wired Hexentric Passive Protection Device
$7 - $104
Fixe Powers SS 1/2" 5 Piece Bolt Bolt/Anchor
$7
Wild Country Rock Passive Protection Device
$7 - $65
Fixe Triplex 3-Piece Removable Bolt Bolt/Anchor
$7
Black Diamond Stopper Passive Protection Device
$7 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DMM Wallnut Passive Protection Device
$8 - $109
CAMP Copper Head Passive Protection Device
$8
Kong Fiffi Hook Passive Protection Device
$8
DMM Peenut Passive Protection Device
$8 - $52
Fixe Screw Link
$8 - $13
Stubai Bong
$9
CAMP Baby Angle Piton
$9 - $11
Black Diamond Angle Piton
$9 - $13
Omega Pacific Wedgies Nut Passive Protection Device
$97
Fixe Glue-In Bolt
$10
Grivel Onda Piton
$10
CAMP Rurp Piton
$10
Black Diamond Camalot #4 Trigger Kit Camming Device
$10
CAMP Corner Piton
$10 - $11
CAMP Pro Nut Passive Protection Device
$60
Black Diamond Micro Stopper Passive Protection Device
$10 - $93
Fixe Stainless Steel Ring Anchor Bolt/Anchor
$10 - $17
Wild Country Rockcentric Passive Protection Device
$10 - $11
Black Diamond Knifeblade Piton
$10 - $11
Metolius Curve Hex Passive Protection Device
$16 - $134
Black Diamond Bugaboo Piton
$11 - $15
Metolius Astro Nut Passive Protection Device
$11 - $84
Wild Country Superlight Offset Rock Passive Protection Device
$11 - $55
Black Diamond Offset Stopper Passive Protection Device
$11 - $59
DMM Alloy Offsets Passive Protection Device
$11 - $69
Wild Country Superlight Rock Passive Protection Device
$12 - $79
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stopper Passive Protection Device
$12 - $93
Black Diamond RURP Piton
$13
Black Diamond Wiregate Nut Tool
$13 - $17
CAMP Scorpio V-Threader Ice Screw
$13 - $17
DMM Torque Nut Passive Protection Device
$13 - $70
Fixe Chain Anchors
$15
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