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Ultralight Power Cam
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
- Item #MET000E
What do you think about this product?
November 23, 2018
Love how this is placed. I love how secure it is when placed. More importantly, for somebody getting into cam placements, the tipping scale is really helpful. A very great product.
August 9, 2018
Fantastic Piece Of Engineering
Bought a full Metolius rack of 00-4 in power cams and 5-8 in master cams. Before buying my rack I had only had a couple initial leads to get my bearings with placing gear. These cams have been growing with me at every stage since then, in fact, I can't really imagine a better first rack value for what you get. If you look at the cam range and the weight that accompanies them you're really getting an amazingly light set of cams compared to any competitor and at the same time at a better value. Another benefit for beginners (and occasionally intermediate climbers) are the placement rangefinders on the side of the cam. When you want assurance that you're not undercamming you can quite literally see it when you get it in the green or yellow. People can gripe all they want about the lack of a thumb loop, well guess what, the power cams have one too! The only issue I take is why Metolius hasn't adopted a double axis. Overall super satisfied with my decision.
July 18, 2018
Building confidence and security
In building my trad rack I wanted to double up on some of the more common sizes for what I might run into on beginner climbs. The Metolius cams are a great addition with slight size variation in comparison to the BD Camelots. As a newbie I also like the colored dots for helping you feel more confident about your placements.
April 24, 2017
I was hesitant to buy these cams over BD camalots, but im extremely glad I went with Metolius. These cams stick like glue in granite and rarely walk on me, they're comparable in weight to BD Ultralights if maybe a smidgen heavier but my favorite feature of these cams is the ease of use. I don't really use the rangefinder much but the bright colored slings make it easy to grab the right cam for the right placement and the trigger action is usable with four fingers down to one finger if that's what you need to stick it. Ive taken some solid falls on these and haven't had much trouble retrieving them after as well. My only grief with them is i wish they made them bigger, id love power cams for fist and bigger sized cracks.
April 5, 2016
I love the powercams, they're easy to place, easy to retrieve, and are overall my favorite cams to use.
October 5, 2015
All purchased here at Back Country!
Thanks to Back Country and the sweet "Set Packages Deals" they do. I'm building my own trad rack right now. Hopefully this post doesn't make all the sets in my wishlist vanish :0
Shane Martin Smith
October 5, 2015
Metolius is Honest
I choose Metolius over BD because Metolius is what my mentor turned me on to from the start. I hear great things about BD all the time but one thing I love about Metolius is this. While every company out there is doing everything they can to knock weight off of cams. Metolius is doing the same but they never knock that much weight off because they refuse to change the lobes in fear that they'll compromise they're excellent lobe design that has been so trusted by the company & climbers for so long. I respect that personally. I'll take a tiny bit more weight if that's what the company feels is best for my safety.
Shane Martin Smith
July 14, 2015
Metolius Cams are 100% Made in the USA. Given how little manufacturing is done in the US these days, this is an impressive feat. The functionality and lack of weight is the best selling point of these cams. I seem to always find places to place these. Feel and finish are excellent.
April 30, 2015
Light and great for Horizontals
I only have two of these, but I seem to place them every time I climb. There is something about them that inspires a great amount of confidence in me, maybe it's because the action is so snappy. I wouldn't recommend this as the meat and potatoes of your rack (as an aside, meat and potatos should not be the bulk of your diet anyway. Vegetarians unite) but it's nice to have a few. They are my favorite cams to place horizontally and I find the double axle makes them easier to hold while placing them in high or blind placements. Overall a solid cam, but not for the bulk of your rack.
September 10, 2014
Great compliment to my BD rack
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.
September 3, 2014
Strong and Easy To Place
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.
May 29, 2014
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.
Mike D Hilverda
March 4, 2015
Have these cams gotten any lighter in the last couple of years? I have a couple from 2010 and I'm wondering how much weight savings newer ones might offer.
March 5, 2015
Spork bunny, I reached out to my good friends at Metolius yesterday and they informed me that the only changes to the Ultralight Power Cams between 2010 and present day are slight adjustments to the slings. All other parts have remained the same. Let me know if you have more questions or want to talk in depth. Jared D. Expert Gearhead 800.409.4502 ext 4055 firstname.lastname@example.org