It's definitely an exciting time to be a climber. The variety of cams on the market is better than ever and this is definitely one of the best cams out there.
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We can debate the best cam, which is the lightest, this that and everything. But here are my 2 cents on this cam paired in with the rack I'm currently rocking.
I picked up a set at the end of last season but didn't climb on them until recent. Since they're a hot item and sell out quickly I decided to get a full set when they were in stock.
C4's 0.3 - 4 (doubles)
UL Master Cams 00 - 8
Master Cams 00 - 6 (for when I need doubles)
Totems 0.5 - 1.80
BD Stoppers 1 -13
DMM Offsets 7 - 11
Tricam Evo's 0.25 - 1.50
These are much easier to place than any other cam I've used. I liked how its super easy to look at and see whether you're starting to over cam it and then you can stop and save yourself from a fixed piece or a headache. The lobe design doesn't resemble the lobe designs on other cams. My biggest gripe with cams like the UL Masters are the "range finder" for a "good" placement tends to be on the edge of being camed perfectly to over cammed.
Plugging these in odd cracks (flaring) is where I really noticed the difference. Since each pair of lobes are operating on their own stem, the entire cam won't (or at least hasn't) walked on me the way I've been able to get other cams to walk in.
This was beyond easy. With a great placement and easy access to the trigger, it was super quick to pull these out of the wall.
This seems to be the hot topic. If you're worried about the weight of these cams and need to bust out your excel spread sheet to compare grams. Do your self a favor and stop. If you're worried about the weight these will add to your rack, consider wearing shorts on your climb instead of pants. Skip that post climb beer or burrito....that way you are lighter next time. Get a hair cut. Get a rope that is a 9.5mm instead of a 9.8mm.
Those things will have a bigger impact on you and you'll have some peace of mind when you have a more versatile cam on your rack.
The only time I personally see the benefit of the weight conversation is on alpine climbs or climbs with uber long approaches. That's where these are a nice item to supplement my rack for other climbs. I'm not big on a "one size fits all" approach for climbing gear.
In the end, it's hard comparing weights and sizing across brands and different cam models. That to me is something that is welcomed. It means we've got options. This way we're not seeing a bunch of climbing companies all making cams with the same lobe sizing.
But just for fun...
UL Master Cam #6
32.5 - 48.0 mm
Totem - Red (1.50)
31.6 - 52.2 mm
BD C4 - #1
30.2 - 52.1 mm
I didn't think these were the smallest cams to rack with. Compared to my UL Master cams or a set of C3's, Aliens, or Totem Basics, these definitely take up the most space. But That doesn't really bother me since I can fit just as many cams on the gear loop. But if you've got a single set of these to supplement the rest of your rack, the space they take up is worth it because of the ease of use. I save them for desperate times.