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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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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DMM Wallnut reviewed Feb 20, 2018
$11 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DMM Dragon Cam reviewed Aug 15, 2017
$70 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wild Country Helium Friends reviewed Aug 21, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Fixe Stainless Steel Hanger reviewed May 5, 2015
$3 - $4
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Rock Empire Robot Cam reviewed Apr 12, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Camalot C4 reviewed Aug 22, 2013
$49 - $607
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Express reviewed Aug 19, 2013
$45 - $59
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
CAMP Ball Nut reviewed Feb 28, 2013
$32 - $39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Metolius Ultralight Fat Cam reviewed Jan 16, 2013
$69 - $196
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Snow Fluke reviewed Aug 8, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Snow Picket reviewed Aug 8, 2012
$24 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DMM Deadman reviewed Oct 25, 2011
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Trango MaxCam reviewed Feb 7, 2009
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wild Country Forged Friend reviewed Jun 1, 2008
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Metolius Curve Nut reviewed Sep 19, 2007
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Base Camp Tech Nuts reviewed Sep 15, 2007
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Omega Pacific Speed Screw reviewed Sep 10, 2007
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Omega Pacific Link Cam reviewed Sep 5, 2007
$95 - $389
Petzl Laser Speed Ice Screw
Trango Chockstone Set Passive Protection Device
Kong Resting Fiffi Hook Passive Protection Device
Grivel 360 ER Ice Screw Ice Screw
Metolius Ultralight Power Cam Camming Device
$48 - $233
Black Diamond Camalot X4 Camming Device
$56 - $409
Black Diamond Bugaboo Piton
$11 - $15
Grivel 360° Ice Screw
Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight Camming Device
$75 - $99
Metolius Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger Bolt/Anchor
Fixe Traditional Anchor
Black Diamond Knifeblade Piton
$9 - $13
Wild Country Superlight Offset Rock Passive Protection Device
$15 - $69
Trango FlexCam Camming Device
$50 - $52
Fixe Glue-In Bolt
Kong Fiffi Hook Passive Protection Device
CAMP Dyneema Tricam Camming Device
$72 - $89
Cassin Iron Hawk Passive Protection Device
Fixe Triplex 3-Piece Removable Bolt Bolt/Anchor
Fixe Stainless Steel Ring Anchor Bolt/Anchor
Wild Country Friends Camming Device
$65 - $69
Grivel Onda Piton
Wild Country Rockcentric Passive Protection Device
$14 - $99
Omega Pacific Wedgies Nut Passive Protection Device
$11 - $129
CAMP Corner Piton
$11 - $13
Black Diamond Angle Piton
$8 - $16
DMM Micro Wallnut Passive Protection Device
Wild Country Rock Passive Protection Device
$7 - $59
Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut Passive Protection Device
$4 - $142
Black Diamond Micro Stopper Passive Protection Device
$10 - $93
Black Diamond X4 Offset Camming Device
$5 - $224
CAMP Tricam Camming Device
$24 - $119
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