Wired Hexentrics


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Wired Hexentrics
Manufacturer Black Diamond
Page By GuitarWIzard
Page Type Jun 11, 2002 / Jun 11, 2002
Object ID 363
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These classic, six-sided chocks just got a little more versatile and easier to rack with the additon of a swaged cable on all sizes

Tradtional cord has been replaced by a swaged cable for increased durability and ease of use
With the stiff cable, "neck-down" placements can be made efficiently where slung accessory cord may be hard to handle
Hexes are a lightweight, affordable alternative to spring-loaded camming devices
Available in sizes 1 - 11. See chart below for Size/Strength/Length x Width/Weight
#1/6.0 kN/19.0mm x 11.4mm/19g
#2/6.0 kN/20.8mm x 14.2mm/ 22g
#3/6.0 kN/24.4mm x 16.8mm/28g
#4/10.0kN/27.9mm x 20.6mm/51g
#5/10.0kN/33.0mm x 23.9mm/53g
#6/10.0kN/39.1mm x 27.2mm/64g
#7/10.0kN/45.7mm x 33.0mm/86g
#8/10.0kN/54.1mm x 39.1mm/94g
#9/10.0kN/63.7mm x 47.0mm/124g
#10/10.0kN/75.2mm x 55.6mm/164g
#11/10.0kN/89.1mm x 65.0mm/206g

Made in USA.


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Alan Ellis - Oct 6, 2003 8:36 am - Voted 4/5

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I only have a couple of these, but I'm glad I do and plan to buy more. Great if trying to save weight or money. The wire is nice and stiff for reaching way up for high placements. I've carried them on alpine routes in case I had to leave a piece of gear if bailing of a route...cheaper than a cam. I see no need for getting the smaller ones because you can use big nuts instead.

Martin Cash - Oct 6, 2003 1:22 pm - Voted 5/5

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After climbing with some very experienced people, I've learned the joys of passive protection. I try to place nuts and hexes whenever possible now. Hexcentrics are great in the larger sizes. There are basically larger versions of nuts. I have sizes 7 to 11, which complement my rack very nicely. A #6 hex is equivalent to the #13 Black Diamond Stopper (the largest one). I like the wire setup a lot better than Gemini Cord you would have to use for older hexes. It makes placement where you have to reach a lot easier.

I really love these things for anchors. Especially in a hanging belay, cams can walk. I had a cam pop out of an anchor when it walked after I needed to adjust the angle on the equalized anchor. Hexes are bomber!

I would highly recommend #7 - #11 to anyone.

bbense - Oct 6, 2003 6:02 pm - Voted 4/5

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I learned to lead BC ( before cams) and I much prefer the larger hexes on cord rather than wires. If the cords are sized right you can often eliminate a quickdraw or sling which wired pieces almost always require. The small hexes are also very useful in that they provide 3 different placements for a given piece,

stoppers only provide 2. Also, they sometimes work in places a stopper

just doesn't.

Dow Williams - Nov 15, 2005 11:59 am - Voted 5/5

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In the Canadian Rockies, I have never seen a trad climber without a few hexes on their rack. I have always carried them to avoid the weight of the larger cam devices. On "Wall Street", a rock climbing mecca near Moab, UT, I completed "30 Seconds Over Potash" using all three hexes I had with me. They were the perfect pro for the end of that route. My wife and I were down at the next route and a young man came down to "borrow" our hexes as he went up 30 Seconds and ran out of the large gear he needed. He had never owned a hex, but became a new fan. They are the lightest weight "large" gear you can carry. These wired Black Diamonds are the best I have seen or used. A must on a trad rack.

WML - Apr 26, 2010 6:20 pm - Voted 5/5

Winter? Alpine? Fun? Hexes!
Shaving weight and know how to place them right? Climbing an alpine climb? Broke and can't afford cams? Go back to the Paleolithic era BC (Before Cams) and climb with these. Bonus points for not being useless in ice-filled cracks!

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