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As friendly as offwidths can get.

A rackful of Wild Country Tech Friends confidently prepares your trad climbing adventures for offwidthing action in any wide crack. These large Friends feature durable, hot-forged lobes with the original camming angle (13.75°) for maximum versatility in variously sized cracks, and overlapping ranges offer a plenitude of placement options. Its long single stem design keeps each Friend flexible for easy placements, and the floating trigger feels like you're using a smaller cam. The trigger also features independent cam triggering, stops, and a short termination for easy cleaning and to help prevent over-camming, and the full-strength stops let the cam act as a stopper when opened completely. Wild Country added a durable Dyneema sling to the back for convenience, and anodized each cam with a different color for simple organization.

  • Hot-forged lobes with original 13.75° camming angle
  • Single stem and single axle designs
  • Floating trigger with independent cam triggering
  • Full-strength cam stops
  • 12mm Dyneema sling

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4 5

Wide cracks need love too.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Some people love 'em, some people don't, but chances are you're going to come across some off-width climbing now and then. I purchased the #5 Wild Country and the #6 Camalot in order to compare the two. The notable differences that I have noticed are as follows:
1. The Tech Friend has much stronger trigger springs than the Camalot, but the Camalot springs are more than adequate.
2. The thumb loop on the Camalot is immensely helpful when you are getting pumped and trying to place it quickly. The Tech friend is a bit less ergonomic for lightning fast placements.
3. Occasionally the trigger wires catch on the side of the cam lobes on the Tech Friend, and I have noticed the action is somewhat smoother on the Camalot.
All in all, I am happy with both companies (they both catch falls, what more can you ask for?) but if I were to chose between the two, I would have to go with Black Diamond.

5 5

Best of the huge cams

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I chose the #6 Wild Country tech friend over the Camalot for a few reasons. #1 it feels better in my hands and I feel like I can better handle it. #2 the heavier spring (anecdotally) on the WC just feels more stable to me. #3 I like how these rack. For some reason these seem to hang on my harness better. While I use almost nothing else other than C4s, the #6 WC is money.

5 5

Excited to climb offwidth!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I decided to pick up a #5 and #6 for my upcoming trip to Vedauwoo Wyoming. I chose these over Black Diamond Camalot for a couple reasons. First, because these have more stable axles (the lobes are slightly larger). Second, my climbing partner already has Camalots and I prefer to have a variety of both when I climb. Never thought I would ever say I'm excited to climb offwidth, but yea, I am.

Excited to climb offwidth!