Big nuts have come a long way since the days of the Hexcentric; gone are the clunky, heavy beasts of old. Nowadays we have a much lighter and more sophisticated answer to big crack protection. The DMM Torque Nut shape fits well in normal crack placements, but they have the extra advantage of working extremely well when placed in a camming position. Experiment with this at the bottom of the crag and you’ll see what we mean. Torque Nuts also have a double sling. Clip them to your harness, doubled up and neat and they won’t be clanking down by your knees. You’ve then got the choice of a quick extension once the nut is placed. If you are close to the ground keep it short to reduce fall potential. Further up the pitch pull it into the extended position to reduce drag.