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Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
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Trango Ball Nutz Protection Spring 2009 Ball Nutz by Trango are thin crack protection at its finest. Using a sliding ball/ramp concept, Ball Nutz will protect parallel sided cracks, flares, pin scars and bombays from 3 mm to 16 mm. The three smallest sizes have a 2:1 expansion range, resulting in unmatched security in chossy rock or expanding flakes. The 4 and 5 sizes will make you wonder why you ever used tiny cams. While these units are excellent for clean aid they were even used for the first clean ascent of the Shield, theyre also terrific for protecting free climbs. Because of the stiff cable, we recommend using a quick draw whenever Ball Nutz are used to protect free climbing. Specifications: Trango Ball Nutz 1: Size Range: 3.0 - 6.0 mm 0.12 - 0.24 in Weight: 29.0 gm 1.0 oz Strength: 4.5 kN Color: Blue Trango Ball Nutz 2: Size Range: 4.5 - 9.0 mm 0.18 - 0.35 in Weight: 39.0 gm 1.4 oz Strength: 8 kN Color: Red Trango Ball Nutz 3: Size Range: 6.0 - 12.0 mm 0.24 - 0.47 in Weight: 48.0 gm 1.7 oz Strength: 8 kN Color: Gold Trango Ball Nutz 4: Size Range: 9.0 - 13.0 mm 0.35 - 0.51 in Weight: 61.0 gm 2.2 oz Strength: 8 kN Color: Green Trango Ball Nutz 5: Size Range: 11.0 - 15.0 mm 0.43 - 0.59 in Weight: 71.0 gm 2.5 oz Strength: 8 kN Color: Purple


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Ball Nutz 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: maldaly, 2007-05-25


I want to clarify a couple of things in the above posts: First, to clean a Ball Nutz you need to tap upwards on the Ramp, not on the ball. Many people want to hit the ball (NPI) because that's what they see moving when the doo the syringe thing in the air. When a Ball Nutz is placed correctly, it's the ramp that moves and the ball stays fixed. Be careful with the #1 because it's thinner than most nut tools and can get fixed easily. Regarding inflight's cable comment, we use 1 x 7 or 1 x 9 standing rigging wire, this is the same stuff that's used in U-frame cams like Metolius. The 7 x 17 he refers to is used in wired nuts and won't work for Ball Nutz or U-frame cams because it's not stiff enough. If we made them from the 7 x 17 (and we have tried) they just buckle when you pull the trigger. The bad part about using standing rigging wire is that it does kink and crimp if it's pulled over a sharp edge. Keep that in mind when you place them.
Mal

Balls - you have to know how to use them... 3 out of 5 stars

Review by: healyje, 2007-05-24


Typical comments by folks who really haven't put in the time to understand how they work and how to use them. Now the current versions on the market have some issues compared to the Lowe/Byrne versions or the originals, but they still basically function. Here is a thread on using them if you're interested in such a discussion...
http://www.rockclimbing.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=1188682;search_string=lowe%20byrne%20;#1188682

Ballnutz work, but too well 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: domu888, 2007-05-23


Great little piece of pro that fits where many things won't, but they can be difficult to clean if you weight them and the thing cable doesn't inspire confidence. Having said that, I will be buying more.

Review 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: forkliftdaddy, 2004-08-17


Work well, but can be a pain to clean if you weight them. took a 15 ft. fall on a #3 in a flared crack. Held like a champ, but second couldn't clean it. Had to get it on rappel.

Wouldn't want to take any BIG whippers on them, I guess.

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: inflight, 2003-10-20


The design or concept is unique and solves the problem of how to protect thin cracks where TCU's cannot. The problem is several however: 1. The cabling is poor quality. Wired nuts uses 717 cabling where 7 strands are wrapped around one core made of 7 strands. The ball nuts are 7 strands twisted. THis is an inferior design flaw. THe result is lse durability in the gear. I have have one strand of thw twisted seven already break so I will now toss the piece and kiss my $25 goodbye. I did not even use it that much. Great design but need refinement.

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