Black Diamond Wiregate Review
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Black Diamond Wiregate
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|Pros||Large gate on the connector biner, tough||Best tool for thin crack nut extrication, Comfortable||Lightest nut tool||Comfort, built-in biner, comes with keeper leash, price, cleaning ability||Inexpensive, tough|
|Cons||On the pricey end||Expensive, relatively heavy||Expensive, not very durable||Slightly on the heavier side||Relatively heavy, requires an additional carabiner to attach to harness|
|Bottom Line||You can't go wrong with this simple and lightweight nut tool||A simple, classic design that is a jack of all trades||This ultra-lightweight tool is great for big missions where every ounce counts||If you drop things all the time, you should consider this nut tool||This 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%)|
|Cam Cleaning (25%)|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The BD Wiregate nut tool is a fine choice for trad shenanigans.
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