Why is very small gear made out of softer metal than average sized gear?

Why is very small gear made out of softer metal than average sized gear?

Alyse Hunter's picture
By Alyse Hunter | Aug 14th 2015 |
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Dave Thexton's picture
Climbing Gear Geek
Aug 25th 2015
Hi Alyse, Softer metal, when weighted, can be forced to change it's shape to match the shape of the rock, making the placement more secure. This is imperative when placing micro nuts as their weight and size makes it very easy for them to fall out. One consequence is that the gear may not be able to withstand as many falls as other climbing gear but I'm sure that wont be the first thing on your mind after a size 3 micro stopper has just saved you a couple of broken legs! Hope that helps, Dave

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