Nut Bustin' - Mad Rock Busta Nut Tool with Leash

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There are two kinds of climbers: those who fret about dropped gear, and those who chafe at excessive tethers and back-ups. If you’re in the former camp, you’ll love Mad Rock’s leashed nut tool ($9.95, madrockclimbing.com). One end of stretchy spiral cord clips to your harness, the other to the nut tool, with plenty of reach for poking at stuck nuts. When you’re ready to work with your bare hands, just drop the tool—it’ll hang there at the ready. The Busta Nut has its own clip-in “biner,” an aggressive hook that doubles as a bottle opener, and a broad, rounded head for pounding on obstinate nuts. The leash adds about 1.4 oz. and a bit of harness crowding, but your second will be worry-free.