Metolius Feather Review
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|Pros||Lightest nut tool||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||Inexpensive, tough|
|Cons||Expensive, not very durable||Expensive, relatively heavy||On the pricey end||Slightly on the heavier side||Relatively heavy, requires an additional carabiner to attach to harness|
|Bottom Line||This ultra-lightweight tool is great for big missions where every ounce counts||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 basic tool is up to the task even if you're short on cash|
|Rating Categories||Metolius Feather||Metolius Torque||Black Diamond Wiregate||Wild Country Pro Key||CAMP USA Nut Tool|
|Nut Cleaning (35%)|
|Cam Cleaning (25%)|
|Ease of Use (20%)|
|Specs||Metolius Feather||Metolius Torque||Black Diamond Wiregate||Wild Country Pro Key||CAMP USA Nut Tool|
|Weight||0.74 oz||2.30 oz||1.62 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
This is a great choice for fast and light missions in the alpine where every ounce counts and you're not likely to be aid climbing. For El Cap missions, go with the Feather's burlier brother, the Metolius Torque. For a similar design that's a touch more durable with a bigger clip-in point, take a look at the Black Diamond Wire Gate Nut Tool.=
The Feather features the same rounded surface as the Torque to give you a hefty smashing surface for your palm when you need to pound out a fixed nut. Only the Wild Country Pro Key has a larger smashing surface. Additionally, the Feather has one of the thinnest hooked ends of any of the tools we tested, allowing it to access micro nuts in super-thin seems.
Constructed from aluminum, this tool gave us pause when prying at stuck cam lobes. You could potentially get enough leverage to break the tool if you're really going at it while you try to wiggle the lobes out of a placement in soft sandstone. The shape of the hooked end is great for snagging cam triggers, but it's not very pointy, so it won't fit inside smaller holes in the cam lobes. On the plus side, it's less likely to stab you if you take a weird fall.
Ease of Handling
Unclip it from your harness, clip it to the rope or a sling, and the Feather is ready to get to work on the newest (and possibly oldest) addition to your rack. However, it's worth noting that the clip-in point on the BD Wiregate Nut Tool is a bit larger and less finicky to take off your harness. Butterfingers? Check out the Wild Country Pro Key with its stretchy keeper leash.
This is the only tool we tested that is made from aluminum instead of stainless steel. The first time we used it, our tester bent it while smashing out a black tri-cam. Know the limits of your equipment and plan accordingly.
At a scant 0.74 ounces, this is by far the lightest tool we tested, and honestly, it's still very functional.
Lightweight usually equates to a more expensive product and the Feather is one of the more expensive tools. Not too bad though if you consider that the next heaviest too (the BD Wiregate) is twice the weight of the Feather.
If you live by the mantra "light is right" then do yourself a favor and pick up the Metolius Feather for your next alpine romp.
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