Wild Country Friends
Of all the cams tested, the Wild Country Friends have undergone the most significant changes from previous generations, the obvious being the conversion to two axles and an updated color scheme that matches those of … Continue reading "Wild Country Friends"
Black Diamond Camalot Ultralights
No more dieting to reach sending weight—we can just lighten our racks. The geometry of the Black Diamond’s Ultralights is almost exactly the same as that of the much-loved C4s in terms of stem rigidity, … Continue reading "Black Diamond Camalot Ultralights"
Metolius Ultralight Master Cams
Ultralight is the new light, and that puts the Ultralight Master Cams from Metolius at the forefront of hipness. These single-axle cams—the next generation of the Master Cams—are the lightest, both in physical weight and … Continue reading "Metolius Ultralight Master Cams"
Wild Country Helium Friends
Wild Country’s latest cam offering, the Helium, is a new and different take on the Friend. The first thing you might notice is the name. “Helium” replaces “Technical Friend,” and with a change like that you would … Continue reading "Wild Country Helium Friends"
Black Diamond’s X4s are a big addition to small protection. Even boiled down, their nuts and bolts are a mouthful: The six sizes protect from .33 to 1.62 inches, have four cam lobes and a … Continue reading "Camalot X4"
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stoppers
These tiny nuts are a compound of copper and iron machined to offset wedges and swaged with a patented technology that Black Diamond claims is strong, flexible and not prone to fraying. These are … Continue reading "Black Diamond Offset Micro Stoppers"
CAMP Tricam Review
Jesse and I couldn’t contain ourselves. Gunning to link Eldo’s Great Zot (5.8) with Rewritten (5.7), a five pitch loose, discontinuous crack line, we had brought a rack of 36 CAMP Tricams and 10 draws. … Continue reading "CAMP Tricam Review"
Wild Country Superlight Rocks
Nearly 30 chock shapes jam sales bins, so you wouldn’t figure it possible—or necessary—to introduce yet another version. Nevertheless, the Superlight Rocks shoulder-in by weighing a mere 3.5 ounces for a set of six ($70), … Continue reading "Wild Country Superlight Rocks"
Black Diamond Camalot
The Camalot was the original extended-range cam and, in many respects, remains the pick of the litter. Already the backbone of a lot of racks, Camalots still stack up well against all newcomers. Comparably … Continue reading "Black Diamond Camalot"
CAMP and Trango Ball Nuts
Balls to the Walls The key to trad climbing is the same thing that’s necessary for success in any bold endeavor: balls. I got my balls, or more precisely, Ball Nuts, in 1992, and have … Continue reading "CAMP and Trango Ball Nuts"
Metolius Supercam Review
It took the Stanford-educated engineer and physicist John Field three years of lab work to perfect the asymmetrical design that gives the small Supercam its 1.22-inch range while maintaining a strapping 13.3 kN holding force. … Continue reading "Metolius Supercam Review"
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. The #2, for instance, … Continue reading "Omega Pacific Linkcam Review"