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Anodized Rockcentrics Set

Average Rating = 4.50/5 Average Rating : 4.50 out of 5
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In this age of ever more complex protection devices Wild Country has gone back to the future and created an elegant and very practical piece of passive crack protection. A simple piece of lateral thinking in hindsight Rockcentrics are a hybrid of a hex and rock shape. Beautifully made from HE30 alloy into thin wall extrusions, Rockcentrics are fitted with 12 mm Dyneema sewn slings making them fantastically lightweight. Each Rockcentric can be placed in four different orientations and the opposing convex and concave curved faces insure stability whichever position is chosen. Rockcentrics have tapered and angled side faces making side on placements in flared shallow cracks possible. Rockcentrics have been praised by climbers for their speed of placement, light weight and versatility. They provide a lightweight and affordable alternative for protecting big cracks whether aspirant or expert climber. A mixed rack of Friends, Rocks and Rockcentrics proving to be the perfect solution on crag or alpine routes, summer or winter. Rockcentrics come slung on color coded Dyneema slings and are also available on wire, making reachy placements easier.

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Rockcentrics 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: pmw, 2006-12-09

for quite a long time, i was stuck to the common continental-european belief that hexes are obsolete as we now have cams. for some reason i do not know, i decided to buy a set of these (i already had the number 7, but rarely used it) last year. since then, they have become - apart from wires - my most-used piece of gear. in fact they have almost entirely replaced my cams on limestone climbs, as there are always bomber placements for hexes, whereas cams often seem to be much less than perfect. though i really like them, they only get a 4 from me. that has two reasons: 1. the anodizing is ugly. 2. they should make two bigger sizes. there are so much routes in the alps, where a # 11 rockcentric could separate you from nirvana in case of a fall. sure you can use bd's or camp's # 11. but these pieces are much lighter and above all much more stable due to their curve design. maybe one should tell wc.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: dbarandiaran, 2006-08-18

it's all in the curve! straight-sided hexes often give only funky placements with very little metal to rock contact, but these hexes behave much more like nuts, and it much easier to get solid placements. the dyneema sling can make them a little harder to place than wired hexes, but the floppiness is much better after the placement is made, less likelihood of getting wiggled out from rope drag, and that is much more important to me than ease of overhead placements. these are a critical part of my rack, i never climb without them

Review 2 out of 5 stars

Review by: forkliftdaddy, 2006-03-21

The shape of the Rockcentrics is primo, the best of any hex-shaped chock. But the floppy webbing makes these fiddly to place at times, especially when a wired hex (or one strung with stiffer cord) would allow a quick overhead placement. I've been testing one Rockcentric for a while now, but this past week I got sick of messing with it. I'm going back to my BD Wired Hexcentric for that size.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: bennydh, 2006-01-09

Personally my favorite peice of protection. Easy to place in both vertical and horizontal cracks. Very very flexible on the dyneema in corner roof cracks that aren't that deep. They won't torque and or walk out like a more rigid u frame cam or even a flexible cam would with some rope bounce on it. If you have a shallow crack these are the nicest things I think you could place. In soo many ways better than using cams.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: p0stscript, 2005-11-30

pure and simple, easy to use

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