Gear Review

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Strong competition

When I saw DMM's announcement about these cams I was extremely excited to try them out. I've been satisfied with every piece of DMM equipment that I've used in the past and really wanted to see how much DMM could challenge Black Diamond. There is no doubt that the C4's are fantastic cams and I'm always happy to rack up with them. However, after almost a year of climbing with the Dragon cams, I'm a touch happier racking up with them.

So many things are similar between the two cams but two things really stand out in my mind:

1) Honestly, it feels good to support DMM and their commitment to their local workers. I'm not going to say much else about this as it has more to do with my morals than anything else. But if you value such things, it's a selling point.
2) The entendible slings. At first I wasn't really sure how much I'd use this feature, but when it's so convenient I realize how often I want more extension than you get with the C4's but less than you get with an alpine draw.

Are either of these reasons to replace a set of C4's with Dragon's? No. But, if you're looking to get your first or subsequent set of cams they are worthy of strong consideration.

Strong competition
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The whole argument that these are shorter than the C4s is moot. If you measure from the bottom of the thumb loop on a C4, they have the same stem length (which is where you normally hold them unless you have huge mitts).

The pommel at the end of the Dragon's stem is a really good design and I never have difficulty placing these. A tip for cleaning them if they are extended is to give the sling on the stem end a little tug and get a loop opened before clipping with the carabiner. I extend mine more than about half the time and they definitely save on weight since I can carry three less quickdraws.

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Nice review, Ryan. I'm very content with my C4s, and I love the thumb loop for placements, but I definitely wish I had the longer sling a lot of the time. I agree with you on DMMs commitment to their workers. On one hand, I like my gear to be as inexpensive as possible, but DMM has excellent quality control, and they are one of the few companies that does it all in house, and I love that.