Lightweight is just the beginning.
Metolius designed its Ultralight Power Cam to give you bomber trad gear that doesn't weigh you down. Its lightweight appeal is due to the Direct Axle Technology, which places each lobe as close to one another as possible. This technology also helps you set each cam in tricky, shallow, and narrow placements with ease. Metolius made each piece with four wide lobes that increase its grip on the rock as opposed to conventional four-lobed designs, and each lobe has a cam stop that helps it act passively like a stopper. CNC machined means each cam gives better precision so you don't fumble around when you're placing it. The U-shaped double stem is very durable, and yet remains highly flexible for better control when you're placing it or your second is cleaning it. Each cam comes with a color-coded Monster sling for easier identification on the wall, and the Range Finder on sizes 2 - 8 let you know if whether you're placement is at the most minimum or maximum range available on the cam.
- Direct Axle Technology
- Four wide lobes with machined cam stops
- U-shaped double stem
- Color-coded Monster slings
- Range Finder on sizes 2 - 8
- CNC machined
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Great compliment to my BD rack
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used a set of these along with my Black Diamond cams on my latest trip. Whenever I couldn't find a perfect spot for one of the Camalots, I usually could find a spot for the Metolius power cam. The slight difference in sizes really shows when your trying to protect in a variety of crack sizes. I noticed that it is was easier for me to find spots for Camalots in the granite, but the power cams seemed to grip the rock slightly better than the Camalots do. The double stem is also nice, I found that it is often unnecessary to have a flexible stem. However it would still be ideal to supplement your power cams with some smaller more flexible active protection.
Strong and Easy To Place
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Ive used these and Black Diamond Camalots. I dont like one over the other, they are different. I like the pull feature on this cam. You dont need to worry about pulling one side more than the other like with the camalots. The camalots have an easier trigger pull though. As far as how well they hold I dont know as I have never fallen on them yet. Lets assume they hold well, real well. Picture is a number #3 protecting the last move on our climb last night. Also when you screw up and have a bad placement and the cam walks deeper in a crack you can grab the middle bar with your nut tool. Maybe a nice feature for beginners like myself.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I haven't used this cam extensively but after only a couple of uses I am very impressed. The feel of the cam is a nice even pull that snaps back well when released. The double stem design helps you easily get a nice consistent placement every time and the "range finder" color spectrum helps prevent over or under camming. Overall a very lightweight and functional. I would highly recommend these cams to others.