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Recent Protection Device Reviews

DMM Dragon Cam

rated 5 of 5 stars I've used Dragons for the past three years and love them. I've climbed with them on granite, limestone, quartzite and sandstone. I've done cragging with them as well as alpine climbing.  The newest version are awesome, and while the weight savings and unanodized lobes are nifty, they don't really add much except piece of mind. But these are phenomenal cams. The workmanship is superb, and I love not having to grab a draw when placing these on crack routes in particular thanks to the extendable slings. Full review

Wild Country Helium Friends

rated 5 of 5 stars These lightweight improvements on the original design for spring loaded camming devices are great for trad, alpine, and beyond. I began my trad career on Friends, so these for me are a great system to use. Overall they perform great on limestone, quartzite on granite. I am comfortable with all sizes ranges and I did find them a little tricky to get back into, but now that I am used to them again I find placements easy as ever. In large cracks their longer than average stems are definitely an asset. Full review

Fixe Stainless Steel Hanger

rated 5 of 5 stars This is a very good hanger that will last. If you need a bombproof hanger, this is what you want. They are heavy, but will last. I have placed several in various caves. You can tell they are a quality product. Full review

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

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Advanced Base Camp Tech Nuts Passive Protection Device
Black Diamond Angle Piton
$8 - $11
Black Diamond Bugaboo Piton
$13 - $14
Black Diamond Camalot #4 Trigger Kit Camming Device
Black Diamond Camalot C3 Camming Device
$49 - $64
Black Diamond Camalot C3 Trigger Wire Kit Camming Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Camalot C4 Camming Device
$49 - $607
Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight Camming Device
$75 - $99
Black Diamond Camalot X4 Camming Device
$56 - $281
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Black Diamond Express Ice Screw
$45 - $59
Black Diamond Knifeblade Piton
$9 - $13
Black Diamond Link Personal Anchor System Bolt/Anchor
Black Diamond Lost Arrow Piton
$12 - $24
Black Diamond Micro Stopper Passive Protection Device
$10 - $93
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stopper Passive Protection Device
$16 - $93
Black Diamond RURP Piton
$10 - $16
Black Diamond Spectre Ice Piton Ice Screw
Black Diamond Stopper Passive Protection Device
$7 - $49
Black Diamond Stopper Set Classic No. 5-11 Passive Protection Device
$64 - $79
Black Diamond Stopper Set No. 4-13 Passive Protection Device
$82 - $109
Black Diamond Stopper Set Pro No. 1-13 Passive Protection Device
$135 - $144
Black Diamond Turbo Ice Screw
$34 - $45
Black Diamond Wired Hexentric Passive Protection Device
$6 - $119
Black Diamond Wiregate Nut Tool
Black Diamond X4 Offset Camming Device
$5 - $224
Brooks-Range BR Deadman Snow Anchor
CAMP Baby Angle Piton
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
CAMP Ball Nut Camming Device
CAMP Copper Head Passive Protection Device
CAMP Corner Piton
CAMP Dyneema Tricam Camming Device
CAMP Nylon Tricam Passive Protection Device
$22 - $23
CAMP Pro Nut Passive Protection Device
$10 MSRP
CAMP Radion Ice Screw
$80 MSRP
CAMP Rurp Piton
CAMP Scorpio V-Threader Ice Screw
CAMP Tricam Camming Device
$30 - $119
CAMP Tricam Evo Camming Device
$22 - $99
CAMP Vortex Via Ferrata
Cassin Stream Ice Screw
CCH Alien Camming Device
DMM 4CU Camming Device
DMM Alloy Offsets Passive Protection Device
$15 - $219
DMM Brass I.M.P. Nut Passive Protection Device
$23 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DMM Deadman Snow Anchor
$34 - $39
DMM Demon Cam Camming Device
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DMM Dragon Cam Camming Device
$70 - $79
DMM HB Brass Offsets Passive Protection Device
$23 - $153
DMM Micro Wallnut Passive Protection Device
DMM Peenut Passive Protection Device
$11 - $52
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