Review by: freeskicolorado, 2005-08-19
As Iím still essentially a gumby and this is my first set of nuts, I canít really compare the WC Rocks to any other brands. But, I can review them based on my experience learning to place gear with them.I have the full set, #1-14. The first several times I went out with them, I was slightly disappointed because I was unable to find anywhere to place the biggest sizes. However, after having them for a couple months, Iíve found superb placements for every single size. Iíve found the #3-7 to be invaluable, and would highly recommend that anyone purchasing these get at least the #1-10 sizes, as the 4 largest sizes, while useful, are not useful as often.In terms of ease of placement and the quality of the placements themselves, I couldnít be happier. The shape is excellent. Virtually every time I find a spot that looks like it would be a good nut placement, I can find a Rock that matches the shape of the rock damn near perfectly. Granted, thereís always those funky offset/flaring spots or placements with irregularities and crystals that these donít really fit into well, but those type of placements are really the domain of specialty gear anyway. As far as straight up, solid nut placements go, WC Rocks work very well for me.Iíve never had any trouble cleaning Rocks either, though I have yet to take a lead fall on one. However I do often use three equalized Rocks in TR anchors and proceed to have several people fall and hangdog the heck out of the climb, and the nuts pretty much always clean by hand or with minor persuasion from a nut tool. Iíve never had one budge a millimeter from where I originally set it. Bottom line, if youíre looking for a baseline, workhorse set of nuts Ė these are an excellent choice. I'm always hesitant to give anything a 5, but since I can't find anything I don't like about these.... they get one.