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Gear that goes in and stays in.

Metolius built the Master Cam with a flexible single-stem design and narrow head profile to get it into the smallest, weirdest pods and pin scars, and to give it purchase once it's in there. CNC-machined cam stops provide extra passive strength if this cam tips out once it's inside a crack, so you don't have to stress your placement when you're making the crux moves 20 feet above. Metolius also added a large thumb loop to give aid climbers a short clip-in point and help trad climbers fire in gear quickly when they need to.

  • Narrow head fits in small placements where dual-stem cams do not fit
  • Flexible stem won't lever your cam out of horizontal placements
  • Once in, the range finder indicates if your placement is good or warns of over-camming
  • Thumb loop provides a high clip-in point for aid climbing
  • Cam stops add security to tipped-out placements
  • CNC machining and ultralight materials keep weight to a minimum
  • Slings and tubing are color-coded for quick identification
  • Click sizing chart link for specifics on range, strength, and weight
  • Hand-built, inspected, and proof-tested in Bend, Oregon

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5 5

My Preferred Cam

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Master Cams have become my Cams of choice. If I am hitting an alpine route or opting to carry as few cams as possible, I try to carry just my Master Cams and supplement with as few C4's as possible. Don't get me wrong, C4's are nice in the bigger sizes, but the smaller Master Cams are money compared to C4's.

Durability:
They're American Made and incredibly durable. I've never had a problem with these but am constantly seeing people have issues with their BD X4's either breaking or distorting in shape. My Master Cams don't distort or have issues at all.

Sizing:
I love my #3 Master Cam more than any other piece I own. I can find a spot so much more frequently than any other piece. I try to use my #00 and #0 for anchor only but will place the #0 as a piece to fall on. All sizes are great and easy to place.

Stem Flexibility:
The biggest complaint among Master Cam users is that the #5 and #6 Master Cams are a bit too flexible due to the thickness of the stem. But the rest of the cams are perfect.

Range of Lobes:
This is where the cams shine. I find the range of these is far better than that of C4's or X4's. The range on other cams is much smaller (for optimal range).

Sling:
I like that these slings are not bulky...one of my biggest complaints on the wide slings you find on the C4's. The length is great and they're highly durable.

Thumb Loop:
I'm not crazy about thumb loops on cams since I don't aid climb. But these thumb loops are highly durable and not too big and not too small.

American Made:
Yup, the good folks at Metolius make these in Bend, Oregon. So you know you're getting a well made, high quality, long lasting product.

Shoot me an email anytime you have questions about these cams or any other gear!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

when will #3 be back in stock?

Responded on

Hi Ryan,

Looks like we have some of these on order in size #3, although the arrival dates are not set it stone, we should be getting them in sometime in early July.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

Best pro for pre-formed concrete slab

Best pro for pre-formed concrete slab

Also great on rocks, if that's your thing...

Range finder is clearly visible here, it is nice when you're getting started, but tends to re-enforce slightly over-cammed placements in my opinion.

Responded on

The #3 Master cam is by far my favorite size in the entire line.

Multiple of that size for me are a must!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
801.736.4336
jdowns@backcountry.com

4 5

Small Sizes are where the money is

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is no perfect cam (other than the original solid-stemmed friend. Those were perfect and there have been no worthwhile improvements since then.) That being said, every cam pretty much offers you something. While the Mastercams don't have the same expansion range as the comparable C4s, the narrow head width is really nice, especially in the smaller sizes (3 and down). The action is smooth and unit is as light as can be. I have had some problems with the spacer wire rubbing against the rock and moving, but i've been able to shove it back in place. I've also had the heads bend a little bit on two cams when rope drag has loaded them awkwardly, but the deflection wasn't too far and I was able to bend then back into place with some pliers. That's sort of what you get when you have something this light. For the new generation of mastercams (as yet unreleased, probably early 2016) the 5 and 6 have had the stems noticeably stiffer but until then, I would avoid buying the 5 or 6 mastercam as the stems are too floopy to place confidently in high placements.

Short version is, you won't be dissapointed in these, and any time I grab the 1, 2 or 3, I'm happy I have them.

5 5

Started with the yellow...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm just getting into trad and starting to build my rack. I plan on adding the purple, blue and orange (maybe red) to my yellow to round out my smaller cams. I've used friends master cams and really like them. They feel really good in my hands and have a really smooth action. Like others have said, the fact that these are made in the US of A makes me happy to support this company.

5 5

My got to cams

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Whenever I place these cams I am never worried about them walking and I have taken some pretty good falls on the smaller sizes, they have never moved. +10 for being made in the U.S.

Making of a MasterCam

Kind of long but pretty cool to see how its done.

Full Rack

Full Rack

Full set of Master Cams to compliment a double rack of C4's

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

Full Master Cam Package

Full Master Cam Package

DON'T GET JUST ONE!

These are the perfect compliment to a package of BD's C4's.

At times I've found a C4 either to be too big or too small for a certain placement. When this happens I always turn to my Master Cams and every time, the Master Cam has fit the crack absolutely perfectly.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

A little flex in the #6 Master Cam

A little flex in the #6 Master Cam

I love these cams, the only negative is the flex I some times get in the #6

For this photo I just forced it to flex to demonstrate what occasionally happens. The stem on the #6 could be a little shorter in my opinion.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

Details

Details

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

MADE IN THE USA!!!!!!!!!

MADE IN THE USA!!!!!!!!!

This craftsmanship is drool worthy. And they place nicely.

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

Trigger Detail

Trigger Detail

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4055
jdowns@backcountry.com

4 5

Great cams

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

really smooth and narrow heads.
from 0 to 3 works well as complement to.
bd x4 .2 to .5

5 5

Rock Solid

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These little guys are awesome! you can really see it when you aid on them, bouncing on one of these they hardly flex at all, you put it in the rock and its so solid, even if you do not runner them the rope generally does not make them walk and mover since the springs are pretty strong and they have the hardest biting cam angle out there.

I love me C4's especially for the bigger sizes, but, all you have to do is climb on some of these to see how powerful and awesome they are. I have the 5 smallest sizes, and they are amazing. Highly recommended small cam

Responded on

dude, that is on point! they are great cams and usually at a cheap price, they're a must for an aid rack! and the offsets saved our butts in The Valley, some routes would have been near impossible without Metolius' gear

Responded on

Right on Reed!

yeah I got a set of offsets last summer and they have earned a permanent spot on my harness! love them!

5 5

Love their whippability.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You're pumping out, a bit run out from your last cam, but your don't fret - and keep trying to reach the jug. Right as your hand slaps the hold you fly. As the rope comes tight on that bomber scarlet angel of the red mastercam you breathe a sigh of relief.

These things are trucker. Narrower head width than the camalot so they fit into smaller pods and more shallow placements. From the blue to Red is the best range as the smaller sizes tend to be a bit finicky.

4 5

Yellow mastercam!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't want to get too down on the other master cams. They're great and I love placing all of them. But let's face it -- the tiny ones are always going to be scary and the big ones overlap with C4's, which I already like a lot. But that yellow, that sweet yellow, manages to get placed every single climb and always during a moment of desperation, when nothing else will work . It's kind of like a pink tricam -- hard to say what it is, but it has some special mojo that you'll come to totally love.

5 5

my favorite so far

These are my favorite cams of mine so far (only have master and camalot C4's). I feel so much more confident when I find a place to use these rather than the camalot C4's (weird I know). Although the action may take a little more force to engage, it is smooth and makes it so the lobes pull back evenly every time. I only wish metolius made larger sizes of the master cams because I would buy those in a heartbeat, but for now I'll keep using these for my small cams. I don't know how these stack up against BD camalot X4's which might be a more appropriate comparison though.

Responded on

Oh and they're more inexpensive than BD X4 (if only by a little bit) i can often find them on sale for $40 new which is awesome for a beginner trad climber like me.