Protection

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Camming Devices
Chocks, Nuts, and Hexes
Ice Screws
Snow Anchors
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Moses Enterprises
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Metolius
Petzl
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Omega Pacific
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Recent Protection Device Reviews

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

MSR Snow Fluke

rated 5 of 5 stars I found the MSR fluke to have some interesting and potentially significant improvements over older designs. This extension of their venture into anchors, in keeping with the full name of MSR (Mountain Safety Research), is a further development of their Coyote Picket, introduced in 1987, which in turn followed the 1969-70 MSR Snow Picket and Snow Fluke. MSR also had an ice ax and ice screws in their line in the 1970s. MSR, a division of Cascade Designs, is better known these days for their excellent… Full review

MSR Snow Picket

rated 5 of 5 stars I found the MSR snow picket to have some interesting and potentially significant improvements over older designs. This extension of their venture into anchors, in keeping with the full name of MSR (Mountain Safety Research) is a further development of their Coyote Picket, introduced in 1987, which in turn followed the 1969-70 MSR Snow Picket and Snow Fluke. MSR also had an ice ax and ice screws in their line in the 1970s. MSR, a division of Cascade Designs, is better known these days for their excellent… Full review

DMM Deadman

rated 4 of 5 stars I always keep one of these within reach in the lid of my pack. It is definitely not my go-to protection on any routine basis, but this fluke excels at being quick to place when you need protection in a hurry, and the snow is not sufficiently consolidated to hold a picket in a deadman / T-slot configuration without first compacting / tamping the snow, and sometimes you just don't have time to do that.  For example, I might use the fluke as a first anchor to backup a climber holding a crevasse fall… Full review

Trango MaxCam

rated 2 of 5 stars These cams are adequate, but that's the best I can say for them. I bought the whole set, from .5-3 and have since taken the .5, .75, and 1 off of my standard rack. The 2 and 3 are fine, and most of the bad stuff I have to say about these cams is less of an issue with them. The 2:1 expansion range is really only an in-theory kind of thing. When they're cammed all the way down, the shape of the outer lobes makes this cam prone to getting stuck--passively. I've spent more time cleaning these cams than… Full review

Top-Rated Protection

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Fixe Plated Steel Hanger
Fixe
Plated Steel Hanger
Bolt/Anchor
$2
Moses Enterprises Single Alumihead
Moses Enterprises
Single Alumihead
Passive Protection Device
$3
Moses Enterprises Circlehead Copper
Moses Enterprises
Circlehead Copper
Passive Protection Device
$3
Moses Enterprises Circlehead Aluminum
Moses Enterprises
Circlehead Aluminum
Passive Protection Device
$3
Fixe Hanger
Fixe
Hanger
Bolt/Anchor
$3
Moses Enterprises Double Copperhead
Moses Enterprises
Double Copperhead
Passive Protection Device
$3
Moses Enterprises Double Alumihead
Moses Enterprises
Double Alumihead
Passive Protection Device
$3
Fixe Stainless Hanger
Fixe
Stainless Hanger
Bolt/Anchor
$3
Yates Copper Head
Yates
Copper Head
Passive Protection Device
$3
Yates Duck Head
Yates
Duck Head
Passive Protection Device
$3 MSRP
Yates Aluminum Head
Yates
Aluminum Head
Passive Protection Device
$3 - $4
Metolius Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger
Metolius
Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger
Bolt/Anchor
$4
Petzl Coeur
Petzl
Coeur
Bolt/Anchor
$4
Metolius Enviro Bolt Hanger
Metolius
Enviro Bolt Hanger
Bolt/Anchor
$5
Black Diamond Camalot Repair Kit
Black Diamond
Camalot Repair Kit
Camming Device
$5
Yates "Teds" Self-Equalizing Head
Yates
"Teds" Self-Equalizing Head
Passive Protection Device
$5
Omega Pacific Rappel Ring
Omega Pacific
Rappel Ring
Bolt/Anchor
$5
CAMP Aluminum Circle Head
CAMP
Aluminum Circle Head
Passive Protection Device
$6
Fixe Rappel Ring
Fixe
Rappel Ring
Bolt/Anchor
$7
CAMP Aluminum Head
CAMP
Aluminum Head
Passive Protection Device
$7
Grivel Black Hole Ice Screw Caps
Grivel
Black Hole Ice Screw Caps
Ice Screw
$7
CAMP Copper Head
CAMP
Copper Head
Passive Protection Device
$7
Omega Pacific Wedgies Nut
Omega Pacific
Wedgies Nut
Passive Protection Device
$8 - $123
Wild Country Mini Rock
Wild Country
Mini Rock
Passive Protection Device
$8
Black Diamond Angle
Black Diamond
Angle
Piton
$8 - $14
Black Diamond Stopper
Black Diamond
Stopper
Passive Protection Device
$9
CAMP Pro Nut
CAMP
Pro Nut
Passive Protection Device
$9 - $59
Fixe Stainless Steel Ring Anchor
Fixe
Stainless Steel Ring Anchor
Bolt/Anchor
$9
Petzl Coeur Goujon
Petzl
Coeur Goujon
Bolt/Anchor
$9
Wild Country Rock
Wild Country
Rock
Passive Protection Device
$9 - $69
CAMP Corner
CAMP
Corner
Piton
$10
CAMP Baby Angle
CAMP
Baby Angle
Piton
$10
CAMP Wired Carvex
CAMP
Wired Carvex
Passive Protection Device
$10
DMM Wallnut
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DMM
Wallnut
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $104
Black Diamond Wired Hexentric
Black Diamond
Wired Hexentric
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $104
Trango Chockstone Set
Trango
Chockstone Set
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $109
Metolius Curve Hex
Metolius
Curve Hex
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $134
Wild Country Rockcentric
Wild Country
Rockcentric
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $89
DMM Peenut
DMM
Peenut
Passive Protection Device
$11 - $52
Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut
Metolius
Ultralight Curve Nut
Passive Protection Device
$11 - $149
Moses Enterprises Logan Hook
Moses Enterprises
Logan Hook
Passive Protection Device
$12
Moses Enterprises Cam Hook
Moses Enterprises
Cam Hook
Passive Protection Device
$12
Black Diamond Knifeblade
Black Diamond
Knifeblade
Piton
$12
Black Diamond Bugaboo
Black Diamond
Bugaboo
Piton
$13 - $139
CAMP Tricam
CAMP
Tricam
Camming Device
$13 - $37
Moses Enterprises Tomahawk Piton
Moses Enterprises
Tomahawk Piton
Piton
$14
Wild Country Superlight Rock
Wild Country
Superlight Rock
Passive Protection Device
$15 - $79
Metolius Astro Nut
Metolius
Astro Nut
Passive Protection Device
$15 - $84
Black Diamond Micro Stopper
Black Diamond
Micro Stopper
Passive Protection Device
$15
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stopper
Black Diamond
Offset Micro Stopper
Passive Protection Device
$15 - $87
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