Review by: aggiejon, 2006-10-09
These are good as spares/ seldom used cams.
Overall, I would not say they are bad cams, I would also not say they are great cams. At first they were great, but the springs quickly got soft, and the action got stickier, after just two trips, got carried more than used. I will review them based on size, because some are better than others.
#1 (about .5 camalot) The whole thing fits my hand well, but it is wide for its size, put it next to similar size TCU and its a whole cam lobe wider. The action quickly went to hell. the sping feels stronger on this one than others, maybe because its smaller
#2 (about .75) I place this one alot, its a great size. Same problems as #1
#3 (about #1) This one is a good width, wider than #1 camalot, with a lttle narrower footprint on the rock. The spring is kind of soft on this one.
#4 (slightly bigger than a #2) The spring is too soft, it feels like the bigger these cams get, the weaker the springs get.
#5 (and I will extrapolate this to larger ones, which I do not own) I HATE THIS THING. Many others will disagree with me on this one. The configuration on this one is different, which is both good and bad. One inherent problem with U-stem sizes is that on larger sizes, the cam lobes are closer together than on a similar size single stem cam. This was one problem with the larger RE robots, the larger sizes were narrow, causing them to walk. To fix this, RE kept the U-stem, but simply put all the cams on the outside of the U-stem cables instead of between them. This does make it wider, but to match the width, the trigger wires had to be moved outside the stem cables too. So now you can't grip the trigger with three fingers, because there is no room outside the stems. You have to use one finger (or stack two) on the trigger. Also, with the wires on the outside, they get caught in everything and bent. The cams tend to flop around alot when not in use.
1. U-stem- protects trigger wires great
2. Double length runner (if you like it) maaay negate a quickdraw
3. CHEAP- That is why you're looking at these, right? if this isn't your priority, don't buy these, get Camalots or Tech Friends
4. After using these for a while, you will truly appreciate a name brand cam
1. Weak springs in mid sizes
2. wide in smaller sizes
3. Action is not all that great
4. #5 (and assuming larger) suck
But hey, they're sure cheap?