Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nut Tool Editor Choice Awards Announced Reviews and Ranks the Top Climbing Nut Tools

May 25, 2010

MILL VALLEY,, one of the most popular climbing web sites in the world, revealed today the results of the SuperTopo 2010 Editors’ Choice Awards for Rock Climbing Nut Tool category, listing this year’s best climbing nut tools and best value for climbing nut tools. The staff chose the following winners after extensive field testing in Yosemite, Colorado, and Utah. Each nut tool underwent extensive side by side tests to evaluate key performance metrics such as removing nuts, removing cams, comfort, ease of handling, and other factors. The complete climbing nut tool review test results for 2010 are available on The winners are:

Ushba Titanium Nut Tool – winner of the Editor's Choice Award for 2010. It was the most solid but for tiny placements, especially in areas with pin scars. According to gear tester Ian Nicholson, "This was the best overall nut tool we tested because of its light weight and comfort. If you do a lot of alpine climbs or longer routes where weight is one of your biggest concerns, this is the nut tool for you."

Wild Country Pro Key Nut Tool – winner of the Best Buy award for 2010. This award is given to a product that balances an extremely high score in our tests and a very reasonable price. According to Ian Nicholson, "At $15 it is a great value, it has one of the largest areas to pound on with your hand, it comes with a useful (and removable) spring leash, its relatively low profile head cleans most nuts wonderfully."

Metolius Freenut Nut Tool – winner of the Recommended award for 2010. This award is given to products that scored very highly, and offered unique capabilities. According to Ian Nicholson, "The Metolius Free Nut shares the same extra thin profile as the Metolius Extractor and as such is one of the best tools for removing micro nuts jammed in the smallest crevasses."