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Dec 17, 2012
after OS soloing the first flat iron, direct route
i have gear up to BD #4 and i'm wondering which i will get more use out of, the #5 or the 6? i mean, why not just go as big as it goes and get the 6? for use at j tree, indian creek, maybe red rocks and yosemite. will having one or two pieces in these sizes even help me out? or do i need a full big rack (which i'm not about to do) to climb anything ow Dylan Dwyer
From Sailboat, South of the Equator
Joined May 20, 2011
113 points
Dec 17, 2012
Plumbers Crack
I'd get them both, but if you're reluctant to spend the money see if any other climbers have some to experiment with. If you want to purchase a new cam and are unsure of size then maybe just explore the #5... that width is kinda the "hand crack" of wide (frequently encountered). The #6 is not as needed but still crucial on lots of popular ow climbs. Thinking about what climbs you actually plan to attempt might also contribute to your decision. But, ultimately If you buy them and don't end up using them in one year just sell them and move on... Matt Kuehl
From red rock
Joined Nov 29, 2010
1,384 points
Dec 17, 2012
Top of Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree NP.
i just bought the 4, 5, and 6 because gearexpress had them at 25% off. the 6 is really big but i'm glad i got it because most of my climbing is at jtree. if you're on the fence, just get the 5 because that you will use for sure in jtree. you could always get the 6 later. david doucette
Joined Nov 29, 2012
30 points
Dec 17, 2012
Top half of Melifluous
Buy whichever (BD or Wild Country) 5 and 6 you can find on here used. If you don't find much use for them, they hold their value better than most cams. Personally I like the WC more, but they have their minor differences that makes one better than the other in certain spots. Sam Stephens
Joined Jan 20, 2010
768 points
Dec 17, 2012
Which way again?
The real question is: how many sets will allow you to sate your rambunctious skin-eating guzzle.

Wait for a deal and get both. I can't imagine climbing regularly and not having both available, it sucks not getting on amazing pitches because you saved the equivalent of a wicked Costco run. It's an investment in your future, son.
Cunning Linguist
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2,478 points
Dec 17, 2012
Me at the good rest on Doggie Do
Depends on what yer climbin'.... Weston L
From Summerlin, NV
Joined Mar 14, 2010
688 points
Dec 17, 2012
the frozen topout during a winter ascent
I'd get the 6. Better to have a gap in sizing then not be able to go big enough. Usually if the crack fits a 5 there will be a spot nearby for a 4 or 6. (in my experience) Nick Zmyewski
From Newark, Delaware
Joined Jun 2, 2011
132 points
Dec 17, 2012
This is why...
I have both and the 5 has a lot more scratches on it... but, Im no OW master or anything so ymmv. Jesse Morehouse
From CO
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Dec 18, 2012
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the five goes on a lot of classic lines and sometimes things get to stacked hands and you really want to be secure not gently weeping as you keep climbing to a place you can actually put something. However, the same thing goes the other way as well. at least with a five you have good stacks...now a six that's a different beast altogether to be running it out on. you can also try and impress girls with the size of your...units Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Joined Dec 19, 2011
84 points
Dec 18, 2012
top of mt. lady washington - rmnp
If you are only trying to get one, I would recommend going with the #5. I have a single #5 and no #6 and have definitely used my 5 alot more than I have wished/needed a 6. Andrew Mayer
Joined Nov 14, 2010
24 points
Dec 18, 2012
Buy the pre-C4 no. 5 and you get the best of both worlds. It's like a 5.6 on the new sizing scale.

Disclaimer - I have an unused, pre-C4 #5 I'll sell you.
Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
1,666 points
Dec 20, 2012
Which way again?
How much? Cunning Linguist
Joined Feb 15, 2007
2,478 points
Dec 21, 2012
$75 + shipping.

Got wide?
Got wide?
Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
1,666 points
Dec 21, 2012
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Andrew Mayer wrote:
If you are only trying to get one, I would recommend going with the #5. I have a single #5 and no #6 and have definitely used my 5 alot more than I have wished/needed a 6.


I have a old 4.5 (new #5 size) and use it quite a bit, but i've only climbed maybe 1 route where I wish I'd had a #6. Go with the new #5, or maybe that guy's old #5 that he's trying to sell
Drew Nevius
From Oklahoma
Joined Jun 27, 2012
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