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DMM Dragon 2 Cam

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    7 Reviews


    More friction for better function.

    DMM's Dragon 2 Cam is fiercer, stronger, and grippier than ever before. Its biggest update for the new model year is without a doubt the teeth, which are redesigned to net more friction on any rock. DMM studied the slipperiest rocks in order to determine the best grip, and the results are the Dragon 2's sharper teeth, increased surface area, and a raw Alu finish. The teeth's surface area tapers off right at the sweet spot, helping you better identify the best placement in any given crack.

    Other updates to the Dragon 2 Cam include improved torsional rigidity, better ergonomics, and of course, a lower weight. Better torsional rigidity means the stem is less flexible for more security while you're placing it in horizontals. The new thumb press helps your second clean easier, and the extendable Dynatec sling sheds weight without decreasing strength. DMM kept the single stem and double axle design for a perfect passive placement.

    • TripleGrip cam lobes
    • Raw Alu lobe surface
    • Increased surface contact
    • Better torsional rigidity
    • New thumb press
    • Extendable Dynatec sling
    • Item #DMM000Y

    Tech Specs

    Placement Range
    [00] 13 - 21 mm, [0] 16 - 25 mm, [1] 20 - 33 mm, [2] 24 - 41 mm, [3] 29 - 50 mm, [4] 38 - 64 mm, [5] 50 - 85 mm, [6] 68 - 114 mm
    [00] 9 kN, [0] 12 kN, [1] 14 kN, [2] 14 kN, [3] 14 kN, [4] 14 kN, [5] 14 kN, [6] 14 kN
    Cam Lobes
    extendable Dynatec sling
    Claimed Weight
    [00] 2.6 oz, [0] 2.9 oz, [1] 3.4 oz, [2] 3.8 oz, [3] 4.2 oz, [4] 5.2 oz, [5] 6.9 oz, [6] 9.7 oz
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    Dragons vs. Camalots

      In comparison to Black Diamond Camalots the DMM Dragon cams have a number of pros and cons. The size ranges of the Dragons are nearly identical to those of the Camalots. So there won’t be wasteful overlap if you mix and match. The Dragons are made in the UK; the Camalots are made in China. That’s one big point in the Dragons favor. Quality control is not what you think of when you think of Made in China.

      The Dragon cams definitely have significantly better grip than a Camalot, even a well-used one with scratched up lobes. This means that all other things being equal the Dragon placements are going to more secure: less likely to pull out and less likely to wander. That is another big point in the Dragons favor.

      DMM widened the cams on the revised Dragons so now the cams on the Camalots and Dragons are about the same width.

      One thing that Black Diamond definitely got right is the thumb loop. A Dragon feels more wobbly in one’s hand when retracting the lobes. I think that is chiefly because a Camalot snugly cups the sides of the thumb, where the thumb on a Dragon feels like it might want to slide off. The wobbly feel may also stem from the springs, cables or friction about the axles; it is hard to tell.

      I also find removing a Camalot from my harness with one hand to be easier. I can grab the racking biner, remove it from my harness and then flip the cam around to grab the trigger and thumb loop. If I tried that with a Dragon I might drop it. I find that I need to grab the trigger and put my thumb on the thumb pad then while still holding onto those reach up and open the gate of the racking biner. It’s a bit of an awkward handful; the dyneema sling is in the way while with a Camalot the nylon slides down out of the way. Also a slung Dragon is inclined to spin about on the slender strands of dyneema on which it is strung, while a C4 stays put in the orientation in which you place it on your harness on the much wider, stiffer nylon.

      In my opinion, the use of a pure nylon sling is a point in the Camalots favor. The less stretchy dyneema performs more poorly when subjected to highly dynamic forces. Over its lifetime dyneema looses more strength than nylon subjected to similar use. So prudence would seem to demand replacing the dyneema sling more frequently than one might with the nylon. Being wider nylon is going perform better laying across an edge as any forces will be spread out more widely. Also the nylon will be laying flat while the dyneema is likely to be twisted, further reducing the contact area.

      I extend all of my trad placements with a two-foot draws so I don’t see the extendable dyneema slings of a Dragon as enabling me to carry fewer trad draws. A Dragon with the dyneema sling fully extended measures 13 inches from the thumb pad to the tip of the biner that would be clipped into the leader’s rope. A Camalot measures 32 inches from the same reference points when clipped with a fully extended 2-foot trad draw clipped into the Camalot’s nylon sling. Thirteen inches of extension just isn’t enough to prevent rope drag on wandering routes or placements in deep cracks.

      The stem of a Camelot seems to flex more readily so that is a point in the Camalots favor, which is important in shallow horizontal placements. DMM warns about such placements in the accompanying instructions. Only the part of the stem above the trigger bar flexes on a Dragon cam, while with a Camalot the whole stem flexes except the solid one-inch long cable swedge just above the cams.

      The weights of each size are nearly identical.

      Bottom line: Both the Dragon and Camalot are good, reliable cams. In an ideal world I would mix and match the best features of each.

      Great cams

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I bought these to double up my rack and compliment my Black Diamond C4s. So far, these are great and I'm huge fan of the extendable sling. They take some getting used to from an ergonomic stand point if you're a Black Diamond cam user. The thumb press feels a bit awkward at first, but you get used to it. Additionally, I don't think the triggers are as smooth as the C4s, but in every other aspect I like these very much. On routes where I know I don't need to extend as much, I take these and leave the quick draws on the ground. Ditto for my hard sends, I reach for these over the C4s.

      Initial impressions

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

      I used the red through silver sizes on 8 trad routes on independence pass granite. The teeth seemed to really bite into the rock but I didn't take any whippers on them. The extendable sling is really nice and reduces the number of quickdraws you need to carry. Pretty light weight and easy to grab and plug in with one hand. Overall happy with these and will continue to build my rack with them. Had great luck with all DMM protection.

      Everything I wanted and more!

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

      So ever since I saw the video of new cams coming out in Spring 2016, I fell in the love with the Dragon 2's. I mean just look at those bad boys! The new machined lobes and lack of anodizing, not only gives them a sleek look, but it also helps them gnaw right into the rock and hold tight (no whips yet but we'll see!).
      If you're used to camalots and thinking of switching to another cam manufacturer, DMM is a company worth looking into. The cams function as any other. The extendable "dynatec" slings slip right through their loops with no snags. Be sure to pull from the end with the plastic binding to ensure the strongest, and most extension from the slings.
      The only gripe I have had so far, is the stem. Its made from a hard plastic and it spins around quite easily and feels cheap. Don't let it deter you from thinking about these cams. My presumption is that they are this way for a safer horizontal crack placement as to allow for the stem to "slide" or "roll" over the edge of a crack instead of grinding and mashing on the stem.
      That all being said, I'm in love with these cams and can't wait to add the other 3 to my rack!