Black Diamond Hexentric Wired

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Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics Features.

Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics.
The ultimate in climbing gears, the Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics offer a great mix of reliability and versatility. The Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics are a classic, lightweight, and functional pro that offer a wide variety of placements in all conditions of climbing. Its subtly asymmetrical cross-section, flat sides, and slight end-wise taper are very versatile, offering three different widths when turned on their axes and another three when placed end-wise. The wired hexentrics' extremely durable galvanized steel cables are easy to rack and place in bottlenecks, providing traditional protection in a wide range of cracks. Since hexentrics can be placed in a plenty of ways, it increases your rack's versatility during long or alpine routes. Climbers rely on the Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics to provide the strength and flexibility they need to endure trad, alpine, and big wall climbs. Go ahead and invest in the Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics right away!
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Key Features.


  • Read all directions and safety material before use.**


  • With the stiff cable, "neck-down" placements can be made efficiently where slung accessory cord may be hard to handle


  • Multiple angles of placement give a size range comparable to regular cams.
  • Strength varies depending on the size of hexentrics


  • #8 / 10kN / 39.1mm / 54.1mm / 94g
  • Hex design offers multiple placement options
  • Perfect for alpine routes or anytime weight is an issue.
  • #4 / 10kN / 20.6mm / 27.9mm / 51g
  • #9 / 10kN / 47mm / 63.7mm / 124g
  • #5 / 10kN / 23.9mm / 33mm / 53g
  • Swaged cable offers excellent durability and ease of use
  • #2 / 6kN / 14.2mm / 20.8mm / 22g
  • Hexentrics are a lightweight, affordable alternative to spring-loaded camming devices
  • Lightweight, durable and easy to use and clean.
  • #3 / 6kN / 16.8mm / 24.4mm / 28g
  • Excel in dirty cracks and wet conditions
  • Subtly asymmetrical cross-section, flat sides offer three different widths when turned on their axes
  • #7 / 10kN / 33mm / 45.7mm / 86g
  • Ideal for trad, alpine, and big wall climbs
  • Slight end-wise taper offer another three widths when placed end-wise
  • As low as 1/5 the weight (and price) of spring loaded camming units.
  • #6 / 10kN / 27.2mm / 39.1mm / 64g
  • #1 / 6kN / 11.4mm / 19mm / 19g
  • #11 / 10kN / 65mm / 89.2mm / 206g
  • Color coded anodization for quick identification.
  • #10 / 10kN / 55.6mm / 75.2mm / 164g
  • 6061 T-6 aluminum with swaged cables are easy to rack and place in bottlenecks
  • Classic and lightweight hexentrics offer a wide range of placements in all conditions of climbing
Rock/Creek Outfitters

Along with Stoppers, Hexentrics were the other half of the clean climbing revolution. Today's Wired Hexes from Black Diamond are light and extremely functional. Their classic hexagonal shape offers four different placement options in cracks.
Hexes excel where other protection doesn't, like dirty cracks or in icy and wet conditions. An excellent foundation for anyone starting a rack, Wired Hexes are durable in design, lightweight, easy to place and anodized for easy identification.
Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics offer cheap, lightweight protection for trad climbing. Each Hex offers four different placement options, so they'll fit a variety of cracks and can be worked into places where other forms of protection just don't cut it. Hexes are popular with alpine climbers because of their lightweight durability (alpine gear gets hammered) and as a low cost alternative to leaving behind an $80 cam when you're retreating off your latest epic.


The Black Diamond Wired Hexentrics provide versatile, traditional passive protection for wide cracks.

Available in sizes 1 - 11. See chart below for Size / Strength / Width / Length / Weight:


Light and functional, these guys are good at what they do! Since their introduction in 1971, the classic Hexentric® design has retained its relevance as an inexpensive, versatile and lightweight form of protection. Wired Hexes rack easier than their cord slung cousins, and are easy to place in even the most bottle necked of placements.


These hexes features brilliant color-coded anodization for easy sizing.

These hexes features brilliant color-coded anodization for easy sizing. Whether building or expanding your climbing rack, you can't go wrong with this set, long considered essential for any rack. Traditional 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. Swages are made of galvanized steel cable for strength and resistance to corrosion. Strength (each piece) 10 kilonewtons. Length 27.9 - 75.2 millimeters. Width 20.6 - 55.6 millimeters.

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Length:19 - 89.2 millimeters
Strength:6 - 10 kilonewtons
Weight:19 - 206 grams
Width:11.4 - 65.0 millimeters
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Black Diamond Hexentric Wired Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Solid pro

This is a totally solid piece of protection. I like it so much, sometimes I'll climb routes only with stoppers. They aren't the world's most versatile piece, but I still prefer these. They're simple, totally solid, pieces of gear. I also love the size range! From pieces so small that they are only used for aid....all the way to sizes fitting larger hand cracks.

The other day I was on a multi pitch climb and came upon the crux on pitch 2. I was pumped and totally scared to make the next move, then I took a glance down and saw a size 10 set so beautifully and knew I had no need to worry. No question it would hold my fall.

The price is another plus! BD has a totally solid reputation but has them at such an affordable price. Great way to beef up your trad rack without costing an arm and a leg.
bda9426 at REI on 10/10/2012

some of my favorite pro, having 3 ways of placing just one small [sideways], medium [other sideways] , huge [lengthwise] is awesome for me. having a full set of these can cover so many cracks plus they get GIANT. the largest size gets up to a fist crack easy, while the smallest overlaps with a set of smaller stoppers very nicely, if your as much of a passive pro freak as me. and i haven't had any problems with them walking out which kills the whole curve hex argument for me, a yank or two and watch them twist and set. and Mike Merrill's review helped me out with the sizes. heres the other ones not on his list
11.4/19 mm, 0.45/0.75 in (size 1)
14.2/20.8 mm, 0.55/0.82 in (size 2)
16.8/24.4 mm, 0.66/0.96 in (size 3)
65/89.2 mm, 2.56/3.51 in (size 11)
thanks Mike! helped me pick the right ones

sam addington at on 06/19/2010


I like sizes 5 and up. Anything smaller than that gets to be a little hard to place in my opinion. #5-6 can replace the 12-13 nuts and fit in the same size cracks with a few other options and lighter weight. The BIG hexes can be nice if you know you need one for a certain route and don't want to buy a big cam.

The downside is just that not to many people know how to place them so partners can get a bit grumpy when using them.
ACJ at REI on 09/09/2009

Bomber Protection at an Affordable Price

These are one of the most economical ways to beef up your rack. If you need multiples in certain sizes, these are much more cost effective than buying more cams. If you can live with the clanking noise the puppies make, you will have bomber anchors at a fraction of the cost of cams! When placed properly, these are very easy to get out but hold tight without walking.
M6915N at REI on 11/11/2011

I haven't used any other brand of hexes (that might change in the near future) but I like these a lot for use in anchor-building (both multi-pitch and top-rope), or as a lighter-weight wide piece when I need more cams than I have available. I also almost always have an 8 or 9 on me in case I have to bail on it.

John Matusiewicz at on 06/22/2012

They take some getting used to but when you get them in right they are bomber and I'd MUCH rather fall on one of these than on a cam. We spent an afternoon doing single pitch routes at the crags using nothing but hexes one day. When its all you've got, you find a way to make it work.

GeoJane42 at on 08/19/2009

Great, solid, place easily

One advantage of these over the Wild Country Hexentrics is that you can place them with one hand. The Wild Country's use a sling that will hang while BD uses a steel cable that is more rigid. They are less $$ than most other hexes and BD has a solid reputation.
jox at REI on 09/09/2007

Excellent Durability and Great Value

These nuts are very easy to use and are an exceptional value!! They can be easily placed into a crevasse for rope anchoring and are easily removable. Different sizes make them versatile and suitable for a variety of climbing sites. I would recommend these to any avid or sport climber.
Spiderwoman at REI on 05/05/2008

This is my most used, most trusted piece of pro. I consider hexes a necessity to any climber, especially to sport climbers who want a little extra protection between run outs. In my opinion hexes are the most versatile piece of my rack.

RootsRocka at on 12/20/2006

Dimensions :
20.6/27.9 mm, 0.81/1.10 in (size 4)
23.9/33 mm, 0.94/1.30 in (size 5)
27.2/39.1 mm, 1.07/1.54 in (size 6)
33/45.7 mm, 1.30/1.80 in (size 7)
39.1/54.1 mm, 1.54/2.13 in (size 8)
47/63.7 mm, 1.85/2.51 in (size 9)
55.6/75.2 mm, 2.19/2.96 in (size 10)

Mike Merrill at on 11/11/2009

Negative Reviews:

You get what you pay for. So true.

If you are new to climbing, I would tell you to go ahead and buy 1 set of hex's. Why? Everyone should learn to drive with a beater, before you get into the sports car. These Hexentrics are harder to place than traditional cams or nuts, and there fore only a connoisseur of rock climbing would endorse them. They need that special spot to make them work right. It's an acquired skill.
Why are they shaped that way? In the 1920's-60's climbers used machine nuts (think nut and bolt type nuts) on cordage to slip into the cracks to protect a fall. These wired hex's are their great grand kids.
Before you buy, go to Youtube and watch someone place this gear. You will see they aren't as user friendly as more expensive gear. That said, if you ever MASTER the concept's behind using these hex's, the door is open for you to place other gear quickly and proficiently.
These are also good choice if all you do is set up top rope anchors. In that scenario you've got time to fiddle and wiggle them till you are happy with the placement. Another advantage is these are solid the bigger you go. If you grab the bigger sizes, they slot very well into bigger bottleneck's. Think of a nut placement, but in a 2 inch wide crack.
If you're thinking your getting into lead climbing on trad, save your cash (mow lawns, sell blood) and get a set of camalots. Trust me, you don't want to be 30 feet above your last sketchy hex placement, trying to get another one in. With Camalot's, its plug and play, its pro and go.
climbinghalfdome at REI on 11/11/2012

bought the set of 10. barely use them. really unconfortable to carry in long routes, and you dont use them as much as you think. i cant remember a time where i wish i had them on me and didn?t.
if i could do it all over again i would buy a set of stoppers.

Patricio Berra at on 03/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

As far as hexes go these are just adequate. The wire limites effective placement and the straigh sides prevent solid placement. If this is all you got, then the will work fine, but I would reach for a WC or Metolius curved hex first.

Matthew Cox at on 03/24/2009