Protection

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Camming Devices
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Ice Screws
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Recent Protection Device Reviews

Rock Empire Robot Cam

rated 3 of 5 stars While these cams do not have the range per piece (or as an entire set) of BD C4s or Wild Country Friends, they are much cheaper. Robot cams are also a bit heavier than equal size of other cams. While essentially not as good a cam as its competitors, the price of Robot cams is so low that they are great for the climber on a budget. In the Czech Republic these cams retail for $25 each, regardless of size. In the US I found a set of 8 for $150 shipped. At this type of price the cash strapped climber… Full review

Black Diamond Camalot C4

rated 5 of 5 stars Still the gold standard in camming devices. Superb construction and functionality; large camming range; competitively priced — I cannot imagine a better all-round cam. Rack up with a set of C4s and your confidence will take a leap up — there is simply no better all-round cam. Great design and construction, 4 lobes for maximum grip, perfect camming angle, biggest camming range, smooth trigger action, a thumb-loop for stability when placing, pretty colours and years of on-the-job performance. Full review

Black Diamond Express

rated 5 of 5 stars Have used these on several outings. Ice screws bite great, hold well, and clean with ease. These are great ice screws that I feel comfortable relying on when my life is on my rope. They bite very well into ice and are placed easily. They clean well when racking up and are solid, reliable construction from Black Diamond. On one trip I even drove a couple of these guys into some tree roots and made an incredibly bomber anchor. Full review

CAMP Ball Nut

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great idea... never use them though. None of my climbing partners will use these, and to be honest — I've only ever placed them out of curiosity. Because of the specific width — you are limited to finding cracks with that exact proportion for the camming-ball to fit. Realistically, any other nut will do. The wires get bent very easily, so the ball twists and turns. Great idea... never use them though. They still hang on my harness, though I often discard them when selecting gear — they're… Full review

Metolius Ultralight Fat Cam

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love these cams. Although they are harder to contract then the BD they work great in the rock. I have all the sizes and the colour coding system make it so easy to recognize the sizes. They're as strong as any other cam out there and some off the lightest ones available. Great stuff, love Metolius gear. I bought a full spread of the ultralight cams last season and love them. Although it is the first set of cams I have owned I have used other one and researched them extensively before purchasing… Full review

MSR Snow Fluke

rated 5 of 5 stars I found the MSR fluke to have some interesting and potentially significant improvements over older designs. This extension of their venture into anchors, in keeping with the full name of MSR (Mountain Safety Research), is a further development of their Coyote Picket, introduced in 1987, which in turn followed the 1969-70 MSR Snow Picket and Snow Fluke. MSR also had an ice ax and ice screws in their line in the 1970s. MSR, a division of Cascade Designs, is better known these days for their excellent… Full review

MSR Snow Picket

rated 5 of 5 stars I found the MSR snow picket to have some interesting and potentially significant improvements over older designs. This extension of their venture into anchors, in keeping with the full name of MSR (Mountain Safety Research) is a further development of their Coyote Picket, introduced in 1987, which in turn followed the 1969-70 MSR Snow Picket and Snow Fluke. MSR also had an ice ax and ice screws in their line in the 1970s. MSR, a division of Cascade Designs, is better known these days for their excellent… Full review

DMM Deadman

rated 4 of 5 stars I always keep one of these within reach in the lid of my pack. It is definitely not my go-to protection on any routine basis, but this fluke excels at being quick to place when you need protection in a hurry, and the snow is not sufficiently consolidated to hold a picket in a deadman / T-slot configuration without first compacting / tamping the snow, and sometimes you just don't have time to do that.  For example, I might use the fluke as a first anchor to backup a climber holding a crevasse fall… Full review

Trango MaxCam

rated 2 of 5 stars These cams are adequate, but that's the best I can say for them. I bought the whole set, from .5-3 and have since taken the .5, .75, and 1 off of my standard rack. The 2 and 3 are fine, and most of the bad stuff I have to say about these cams is less of an issue with them. The 2:1 expansion range is really only an in-theory kind of thing. When they're cammed all the way down, the shape of the outer lobes makes this cam prone to getting stuck--passively. I've spent more time cleaning these cams than… Full review

Top-Rated Protection

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Black Diamond Camalot C4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond
Camalot C4
Camming Device
$45 - $683
MSR Snow Fluke
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Snow Fluke
Snow Anchor
$35 - $39
Black Diamond Express
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Express
Ice Screw
$48 - $59
DMM Wallnut
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DMM
Wallnut
Passive Protection Device
$8 - $109
MSR Snow Picket
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR
Snow Picket
Snow Anchor
$30 - $39
Metolius Ultralight Fat Cam
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Metolius
Ultralight Fat Cam
Camming Device
$48 - $68
DMM Deadman
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DMM
Deadman
Snow Anchor
$40
Omega Pacific Link Cam
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Omega Pacific
Link Cam
Camming Device
$80 - $299
CAMP Ball Nut
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
CAMP
Ball Nut
Camming Device
$32 - $39
Petzl Laser Speed
Petzl
Laser Speed
Ice Screw
$48 - $59
Trango Chockstone Set
Trango
Chockstone Set
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $109
 
Moses Enterprises
Single Alumihead
Passive Protection Device
$3
Grivel 360 ER Ice Screw
Grivel
360 ER Ice Screw
Ice Screw
$70
Wild Country Technical Friend
Wild Country
Technical Friend
Camming Device
$99 - $129
Metolius Ultralight Power Cam
Metolius
Ultralight Power Cam
Camming Device
$48 - $227
Black Diamond Camalot X4
Black Diamond
Camalot X4
Camming Device
$52 - $314
Black Diamond Bugaboo
Black Diamond
Bugaboo
Piton
$11 - $139
Black Diamond Micro Stoppers
Black Diamond
Micro Stoppers
Passive Protection Device
$13 - $87
Grivel 360°
Grivel
360°
Ice Screw
$64
 
Moses Enterprises
Circlehead Copper
Passive Protection Device
$3
Metolius Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger
Metolius
Stainless Steel Bolt Hanger
Bolt/Anchor
$3
Fixe Traditional Anchor
Fixe
Traditional Anchor
$22
Black Diamond Knifeblade
Black Diamond
Knifeblade
Piton
$10 - $11
Trango FlexCam
Trango
FlexCam
Camming Device
$41 - $339
DMM Demon Cam
DMM
Demon Cam
Camming Device
$60 - $62
Fixe Glue-In Bolt
Fixe
Glue-In Bolt
$12
 
Moses Enterprises
Tomahawk Piton
Piton
$17
CAMP Dyneema Tricam
CAMP
Dyneema Tricam
Camming Device
$72 - $89
CCH Alien
CCH
Alien
Camming Device
$64 - $68
 
Moses Enterprises
Double Copperhead
Passive Protection Device
$3
Fixe Stainless Steel Ring Anchor
Fixe
Stainless Steel Ring Anchor
Bolt/Anchor
$9
Cassin Turbo Stream
Cassin
Turbo Stream
Ice Screw
$64
Wild Country Rockcentric
Wild Country
Rockcentric
Passive Protection Device
$10 - $89
Kong Gipsy Cam
Kong
Gipsy Cam
Camming Device
$92 - $115
Omega Pacific Wedgies Nut
Omega Pacific
Wedgies Nut
Passive Protection Device
$8 - $123
 
Moses Enterprises
Double Alumihead
Passive Protection Device
$3
CAMP Corner
CAMP
Corner
Piton
$10
Black Diamond Angle
Black Diamond
Angle
Piton
$8 - $14
CAMP Radion
CAMP
Radion
Ice Screw
$80
DMM Micro Wallnut
DMM
Micro Wallnut
Passive Protection Device
$40
Wild Country Rock
Wild Country
Rock
Passive Protection Device
$8 - $69
Metolius Ultralight Curve Nut
Metolius
Ultralight Curve Nut
Passive Protection Device
$11 - $149
 
Metolius
PAS 22
$25
 
Moses Enterprises
Logan Hook
Passive Protection Device
$12
CAMP Tricam
CAMP
Tricam
Camming Device
$14 - $119
CAMP Nylon Tricam
CAMP
Nylon Tricam
Passive Protection Device
$17 - $119
 
Moses Enterprises
Circlehead Aluminum
Passive Protection Device
$3
 
CAMP
Baby Angle
Piton
$10
Metolius Supercam
Metolius
Supercam
Camming Device
$69 - $89
Wild Country Mini Rock
Wild Country
Mini Rock
Passive Protection Device
$8 - $31
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