CAMP USA Nut Tool Review
Cons: Relatively heavy, requires an additional carabiner to attach to harness
Manufacturer: CAMP USA
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|Pros||Inexpensive, tough||Best tool for thin crack nut extrication, Comfortable||Large gate on the connector biner, tough||Comfort, built-in biner, comes with keeper leash, price, cleaning ability||Lightest nut tool|
|Cons||Relatively heavy, requires an additional carabiner to attach to harness||Expensive, relatively heavy||On the pricey end||Slightly on the heavier side||Expensive, not very durable|
|Bottom Line||This basic tool is up to the task even if you're short on cash||A simple, classic design that is a jack of all trades||You can't go wrong with this simple and lightweight nut tool||If you drop things all the time, you should consider this nut tool||This ultra-lightweight tool is great for big missions where every ounce counts|
|Rating Categories||CAMP USA Nut Tool||Metolius Torque||Black Diamond Wiregate||Wild Country Pro Key||Metolius Feather|
|Nut Cleaning (35%)|
|Cam Cleaning (25%)|
|Ease of use (20%)|
|Specs||CAMP USA Nut Tool||Metolius Torque||Black Diamond Wiregate||Wild Country Pro Key||Metolius Feather|
|Weight||2.64 oz||2.30 oz||1.62 oz||3.84 oz||0.74 oz|
|Length||20.5 cm||20.5 cm||20.5 cm||20.5 cm||20.5 cm|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Aside from the unique handle, this tool is a bit of throwback to the days before nut tools had their own clip-in biner, so you'll need to dedicate an additional biner to attach it to your harness. We recommend our Editors' Choice award winner, the Metolius Torque, as it scores better than the camp tool in every metric.
This steel tool is tough enough to take a serious beating but compared to the thinner Metolius Feather, it can't remove micro nuts from ultra-thin cracks quite as well.
The hooked end of this tool is adequately curved for hooking trigger bars and holes of the larger-sized cam lobes. This tool is too thick to get into the lobes of smaller cams and can't weasel in behind the lobes for wiggling and prying as well as a thinner tool.
Ease of Handling
The handle of this tool has an ergonomic rubberized grip. If you hold it in its intended position it's comfortable for pulling and hooking things, but we feel find ourselves hammering with a tool if when we can't easily remove a nut by hand, so we didn't find the shape of the handle to be all that useful.
You probably won't find a tougher tool out there than this one. It's thick and heavy. During our testing period, we didn't notice any wear or degradation on the rubberized handle.
The Camp Tool weighs 2.64 ounces according to our scale plus the weight of whatever carabiner you use to attach it to your harness, making it one of the heavier tools in the line-up. We found it curious that Camp doesn't offer a lighter option since they're known for their commitment to fast and light gear.
This is one of the less expensive tools on the market, so if you're strapped for cash and don't have a nut tool, you might as well pick one up, because you can't afford to lose gear.
Don't go trad climbing without a nut tool. That being said, we feel you can do better than the Camp USA Nut Tool, specifically, our favorite nut tool, the Metolius Torque.
— Matt Bento
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