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Ultralight Power Cam (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 3.75/5 Average Rating : 3.75/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

Solid, Light 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: psprings, 2010-06-18

Incredibly well built cams, just as usual for metolius. These things grip in rock much better than other cams.

Contrary to what some people say, these things are great in the large sizes. When you compare these, size for size with other brands, it's ridiculous how much lighter these are. Easy to place too.

I've fallen on my ULs and have not had any "bending" that wmfork is talking about, and I've been using them for 3 years.

I love these things... their so light you can carry 1.5 times these cams compared to BD... I take that many more pieces on a route anyday!

Ultralight TCU (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.29/5 Average Rating : 4.29/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

SOLID, LIGHT 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: psprings, 2010-06-18

I've had these for 3 years. These are totally solid, just like all metolius gear. But the best thing is that they are light. Ridiculously light. Seriously light. If you're in a gear shop, I recommend holding a full set of these in your hand, then holding another brand in you other hand that covers the same range. Lighter, and more cams to place on a long route!

Copperhead Climbing Shoe Average Rating = 3.50/5 Average Rating : 3.50/5

In: Gear: Shoes: Climbing Shoes: Slippers

good shoe 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: psprings, 2009-07-27

So far, I like this shoe. (ps- it's a LACE UP!)

First off, most 5.10 shoe toe shapes don't work for my feet (my second toe is as long as my big toe). However, this shoe provides a fit with no slop for my toes while allowing my toes to not be jammed up with their knuckles grinding through the top of the shoe.

For climbing, I'd say they do very well for trad climbing. Not as well for power-edging 5.11 and up, but just fine for easier stuff. The modified shape of the toebox gives you less power on your big toe... which is also the reason it makes jamming easier and less painful for thin-hand and smaller cracks.

I haven't found the offset laces on the instep side of the shoe to be a big difference one way or another.

Overall good shoe; would recommend it.

3CU&4CU redesign (Manufacturer link) Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Active

3cu procams: 4.5 stars! 4 out of 5 stars

Review by: psprings, 2007-05-11

Like the Metolius ultralights, I love the new DMM procams. I only have 3 [1.25, 1.50, 1.75] of the 3cus that I got for extra desert splitter sizes... and I love them! They're not as light at the ultralights, but they're lighter than most other cams out there. I love the U-stem trigger system [you'll either love or hate this feature of them]. The doubled spectra sling isn't particularly useful on a full trad routes since you'll extend with a runner anyway, but on those bolt and gear routes, it's usually enough to avoid carrying runners [discretion advised, of course].

I'd buy Metolius ULs before these, but as a second set, these compliment them very well by giving slightly different sizes which can be very nice for splitters.

One final note: these are not brazed, like aliens that have had some brazing failures. If you want a solid, non-brazed stem connected to the axel for safety reasons, this is a great choice for you! Can be harder to see cam lobe contact in smallest sizes, though.

Tri Cam (Manufacturer link) popular Average Rating = 4.69/5 Average Rating : 4.69/5

In: Gear: Essential Equipment: Protection: Passive: Hex, tricams, etc

tricams 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: psprings, 2007-02-13

Like everyone else, I love the pink and red tricams! They just protect so many different situations that are normal or weird.