So light that you'll think you left them in your truck.
- Minimalist construction and ultralight materials keep weight to a minimum
- The Ultralight Power Cam's narrow head profile allows these cams to fit into smaller pockets than previous models can
- Range finder on sizes 2 through 8 tells you if your placement is good—or not so good
- Color-coded slings and tubing for fast identification
- Dyneema sling for more strength without adding weight
- Hand-built and tested in Bend, Oregon
- Click sizing chart link for range, strength, and weight info
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Metolius Ultralight Power Cam
As good as any
now i know that the hardest thing to do for a cam company is rival camalots, but i think these do a good job. they're not as good in some respects. they are limited by the double stem and they don't have the range since they are single axle. The benefits are that they are cheap and light. in regular horizontal or vertical cracks these feel way more solid than any other cam i've used. They don't walk too much and they hold well. also, they're pretty easy to get out. i wouldn't recommend the small ones or the large ones. 1-4 are great but the small ones don't fit well in awkward spaces and the big ones don't feel as bomber as a single stem cam because they will tend to walk. overall a great cam and well worth the money.
Metolius Ultralight Power Cam
Metolius Ultralight Power Cam sizing chart.
These cams are super light and really easy to use! These are my first cams and I couldn't be happier! The colored range finder is super helpful when learning to place cams so you know if the crack is in danger of being too big or too small for that size cam. They are lower priced than the BD C4's too.
Ultra light power cam
Purple Ultra light in a crack at Frenchman Coulee Washington.
These are great!
I have been using a set of these for a year now. Super Light. U-shaped cage protects smaller trigger cables. The Range finder is reassuring in confusing placements.
Pretty good but still prefer c4s. but if you need to shave some weight this is a great option.
Hi, I currently have a set of C4's and am...
Hi, I currently have a set of C4's and am looking to supplement my rack with another set of cams. So, my question is, which are better for all around trad climbing, the power cams or the metolius master cams?
I have found the power cams to be way more reliable and durable than the master cams after a few months of use. However, if you are looking to supplement your rack in the small sizes, I really, really like the C3s by BD, durable and fit in some funky spots.
Light and Strong
On my rack, I currently use Aliens up to the red, and Metolius Power cams from orange to purple. The weight savings is amazing, compared to Black Diamond camalots, which is what I used to use, especially in the bigger sizes. They are stable, beefy looking (which inspires confidence), and LIGHT.
These are very durable and trusty cams. I have a handful as seconds to my C4s. I really like these in the smaller sizes where the c4S don't have as much as an advantage.
I hate the #6 through #8
I have the smaller ones through #5 and love them, but above that I hate them. The #6 is floppy and I don't like how the others feel. I think its the U stem on big cams I don't like. 4 stars because the small sizes are awesome, but the big ones aren't.
Not as durable
Well, I have had some of these on my rack for a bit, and truth be told, they do not hold up in the long run. Granted I am hard on gear. From April 15th to Dec 1st I am usually climbing and guiding 5 days a week, and I love hard trad. I take alot of falls on my gear, and after 1 or 2 falls most of my ultralights have become tweaked, bent and lobes abused to the point where the cam isn't quite that functional anymore. My camalots seem to hold up to the abuse WAY better. Yes these units are lighter, but in my mind it is not worth it when you are spending this much money. Also sizes larger than green tend to walk a fair bit in cracks. Just my 2 cents
best cams you can buy. period. great quality. they weigh lighter than a feather.
I love metolius products. They always seem to work really well. The power cams are amazingly light and easy to use. A word of caution: the smaller sizes set really well, but the larger ones have a tendency to walk more than BD or WC equivalents.
Why not Metolius?
I like Metolius quality and design. These feel solid in my hands and in the rock. I have spoken with Metolius persons on the phone and was also impressed with their customer relations! I will continue to buy Metolius for years to come.
Like everyone else has said, these buggers are awesome. Amazingly solid construction, assembled in the USA, and now lighter than ever. I've found the sizes up to 6 (green) to be the best for my rack. These things are fantastic (I think the best on the market currently) for small stuff. I always find myself using the 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Get yourself a set!
These have slowly become my cams of choice. I love that they don't weigh much and I love even more that when they're placed properly you could drop a truck on them. They're total confidence builders and let you spend more time climbing and less time worrying.
The other review referring to a non-constant cam angle isn't correct. These have a constant cam angle that is slightly smaller than other manufacturers', means that you sacrifice a little range for more bite.
The single axle, narrow cam angle and the powerful design makes these cams stronger, and more powerful than anything else around. I recently took several 20+ foot whippers on these and had no problem with slippage or retrieving them afterward. I prefer to use the range finder as a guide. I like to place them on the green-yellow line. That way you can avoid the lobes getting stuck and as I have proven, you still have plenty of power!
ultralight4cams impeccably made
light, impeccably made, excellent workmanship/strength EXCEPT- as gear becomes more specialized, so must the user. Since these have a changing cam angle, they tend to be awful in flared pockets at the green/smallest end of the retraction zone, and as they wear in the green zone, become closer to a zero degree cam angle, which is useless. I use the orange zone to near red zone the most... and on the midrange sizes, they retract until the cam tips touch the opposite crack walls, and get stuck. Yuck.
These cams don't seem to place as easily as Black Diamond C4s. The C4s are longer and can reach further into a crack which can allow for more placement options. They are adequate cams but I find them a little too short.