Omega Pacific Linkcam Review

In a strict contest of camming range, the Linkcam is the decisive winner—each of the two sizes expands at least 2.5 times its minimum size, giving the units an astounding range.

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Omega Pacific Linkcam | $91 to $98.25 | Overall Grade: 4 Stars | Omegapac.com

In a strict contest of camming range, the Linkcam is the decisive winner—each of the two sizes expands at least 2.5 times its minimum size, giving the units an astounding range. The  #2, for instance, equals the range of the .75, 1 and 2 Camalot. The Linkcam achieves the range by using articulating cams that shape shift: each cam lobe consists of three hinged cams that swing down to get small, or link together to expand.

The engineering is way out of the box, but do Linkcams work? Although they do have a lot of moving parts—a cause for concern—the Linkcams performed well. Their crazy range practically eliminated cam-sizing error—if you could get a finger or hand in the placement, a Linkcam would fit—and they felt solid and stable. Due to their unique ability to have the back cams compressed more than twice as small as the outer cams, Linkcams held well in extreme flares and eliminated the need for specialized offset cams.

Criticisms? For now, the Linkcam only comes in two sizes, and the #2’s range overlaps most of that of the #1. The Linkcams also cost more and are heavier than Camalots, and the #2’s lengthy thumb-to-trigger span is awkward for smallish hands. Minor details aside, the Linkcams were excellent and a solid addition to anyone’s rack. I anxiously await the addition of other sizes.

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Size Price Range (mm) Cam Ratio Weight (oz) Strength (kn) CE
Black Diamond Camalots
0.3 $59.50 13.8-23.4 1.69:1 2.5 8 yes
0.5 $59.50 19.6-33.5 1.7:1 3.4 12 yes
0.75 $59.50 25-41.2 1.64:1 4.2 14 yes
1 $62.50 30-52 1.73:1 4.8 14 yes
2 $62.50 37.4-64 1.71:1 5.4 14 yes
3 $68.50 51-87 1.7:1 7.2 14 yes
4 $78.50 71-114 1.6:1 9.8 14 yes
5 $98.50 87-148 1.7:1 13.5 14 yes
6 $109.50 114-195 1.71:1 19.8 14 yes
Metolius Supercam
Small $65.50 39.5-70.5 1.78:1 6.4 13.3 no
Omega Pacific
#1 $91.00 20-55 2.75:1 6.3 14 yes
#2 $98.25 25-64 2.56:1 7.3 14 yes
Trango MaxCams
0.5 $59.95 19-33 1.73:1 3.8 9 no
0.75 $59.95 23-41 1.78:1 4.3 10 no
1 $69.95 25-51 2:01 5.1 12 no
2 $69.95 33-65 1.96:1 6 12 no
3 $69.95 49-87 1.77:1 7.8 12 no