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Pros: Price, excellent at retrieving walked in cams
Cons: Painful to pound on, hook isnt as versatile as other models
Best Uses: cleaning nuts and cams on free climbs, cleaning deep walked in cams
At first glance the Nutter appears no different than many other nut tools. However, it does have one unique feature: On its back end are two little teeth specifically designed for helping fish out walked-in cams. For cams that had worked their way in too far for your fingers to grab this feature is wonderful. The profile of the nose is average at removing most wires, although cleaning smaller nuts was more difficult than with some other models. We judged it about the same as the Black Diamond or the Omega Pacific nut tools. The price is great and it was neither the best nor the worst for hammering with your hand.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
The two teeth on its tail end are designed to fish out buried cams by hooking onto the SLCDs trigger in two places. In certain situations this feature worked incredible well. These teeth worked on most brands of cams and were effective on both the single and U-stem variety, providing the cam wasn't too stuck. The DMM Nutter rode along nicely on our harness, almost never snagging, probably a result of its slightly more rounded hook.
The double teeth make this tool a little less painful when you are whaling away on trapped stoppers, but it isnt quite as good as other tools with extra metal specifically for that purpose. However, we did think it was more comfortable than either the Omega or the BD. This DMM tool doesnt have much curve so the hook isnt as useful as it could be for tapping nuts from above and grabbing cam triggers, but the double hook on the bottom makes up for this. The profile of the head is just okay and is not too effective at retrieving smaller brass- style nuts in micro fissures.
If you climb in an area where walked-in cams are a problem, this is the nut tool for you. It has an excellent price, making it a great option for someone getting into traditional climbing or just not wanting to spend a lot of money on a new one.
At $9.95 this is one of the better priced tools out there. It doesn't clean nuts quite as well as the similarly-priced BD nut tool but it is slightly more comfortable for your hand and is better at cleaning cams.
— Ian Nicholson
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Most recent review: March 11, 2010
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