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Black Diamond Wiregate Review

You can't go wrong with this simple and lightweight nut tool
Black Diamond Wiregate
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Price:  $19 List | $18.95 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Large gate on the connector biner, tough
Cons:  On the pricey end
Manufacturer:   Black Diamond
By Matt Bento ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 23, 2021
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  • Nut Cleaning - 35% 9
  • Cam Cleaning - 25% 9
  • Ease of use - 20% 8
  • Durability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Black Diamond Wiregate nut tool is an effective, gimmick-free nut tool that has a few features that differentiate it from its competitors (Metolius). Foremost is the generous clip-in point, which is the largest and easiest to remove from your harness. The hooked end of this tool is also a bit longer than the other tools, making it great for hooking cams, or in a pinch, shoveling food into your mouth.

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Pros Large gate on the connector biner, toughBest tool for thin crack nut extrication, ComfortableLightest nut toolComfort, built-in biner, comes with keeper leash, price, cleaning abilityInexpensive, tough
Cons On the pricey endExpensive, relatively heavyExpensive, not very durableSlightly on the heavier sideRelatively heavy, requires an additional carabiner to attach to harness
Bottom Line You can't go wrong with this simple and lightweight nut toolA simple, classic design that is a jack of all tradesThis ultra-lightweight tool is great for big missions where every ounce countsIf you drop things all the time, you should consider this nut toolThis basic tool is up to the task even if you're short on cash
Rating Categories Black Diamond Wiregate Metolius Torque Metolius Feather Wild Country Pro Key CAMP USA Nut Tool
Nut Cleaning (35%)
9.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Cam Cleaning (25%)
9.0
10.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Durability (10%)
7.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
8.0
Weight (10%)
9.0
8.0
10.0
5.0
7.0
Specs Black Diamond Wiregate Metolius Torque Metolius Feather Wild Country Pro Key CAMP USA Nut Tool
Weight 1.62 oz 2.30 oz 0.74 oz 3.84 oz 2.64 oz
Length 20.5 cm 20.5 cm 20.5 cm 20.5 cm 20.5 cm
Leash No No No Yes No
Clip-in Biner Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Rounded End Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

We consider the BD Wiregate nut tool a very close second to the Metolius Torque. The Torque's wrench feature sets it out in the front of the pack, but the BD Wiregate is still a great balance of weight and durability, complete with a rounded end for nut-bashing.

Performance Comparison


Among nut tools, this one is a bit of shorty.
Among nut tools, this one is a bit of shorty.
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Nut Cleaning


This tool has all the features needed for slamming, smashing, and bashing the most welded, impossibly stuck nuts. A rounded end dampens the effects of this tool slamming into your dainty, battered palms, while a narrow hooked end can make its way into all but the most incipient cracks for freeing brassies.

Cam Cleaning


The BD Wiregate nut tool has the longest hook of any tool we tested, giving it a few advantages when it comes to cam extraction. The longer hook allows for a little extra leverage when prying at cam lobes. Sometimes the difference between a stuck cam and someone else's next piece of bootied gear is just a millimeter of movement.

Ease of Handling


The large clip-in point of the handle of this tool makes removing it from your harness and slapping it back on easier than the lightweight Metolius Feather. It doesn't have a keeper cord like the Wild Country Pro Key, but that means that there's less for the rest of your gear to get tangled in.

From cams to garbage, the BD tool has what it takes to fish things...
From cams to garbage, the BD tool has what it takes to fish things out of cracks.
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Durability


Steel construction ensures your big-wall weary mitts will give out way before this nut tool. In pinch, the hook is strong enough for hooking, provided you tie in some webbing closer to the hook so you won't lever out the tool.

Weight


At a respectable 1.62 ounces, the BD Wiregate is the second lightest tool in our review, only bested by the much lighter, but less durable Metolius Feather (0.74 ounces). The BD Wiregate is a good compromise for folks looking to lighten up but still want a strong steel nut tool.

The Metolius Feather is a little lighter than the BD tool, but the...
The Metolius Feather is a little lighter than the BD tool, but the BD tool is stronger.
Photo: Matt Bento

Value


This isn't the least expensive tool in our review. BD offers a more affordable tool without a built-in carabiner or rounded end for smashing. Are these features worth the extra money? We think so.

Conclusion


The BD Wiregate nut tool is a fine choice for trad shenanigans.

Matt Bento

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