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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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Advanced Base Camp Huevos
Advanced Base Camp
Huevos
Passive Protection Device
Advanced Base Camp Mini Anchor Plate
Advanced Base Camp
Mini Anchor Plate
Bolt/Anchor
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Base Camp
Tech Nuts
Passive Protection Device
Black Diamond Angle
Black Diamond
Angle
Piton
$8 - $14
Black Diamond Bugaboo
Black Diamond
Bugaboo
Piton
$13 - $139
 
Black Diamond
Camalot #4 Trigger Kit
Camming Device
Black Diamond Camalot C3
Black Diamond
Camalot C3
Camming Device
$45 - $188
Black Diamond Camalot C4
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond
Camalot C4
Camming Device
$45 - $683
Black Diamond Camalot Repair Kit
Black Diamond
Camalot Repair Kit
Camming Device
$3
Black Diamond Camalot X4
Black Diamond
Camalot X4
Camming Device
$52 - $377
Black Diamond Express
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond
Express
Ice Screw
$50 - $59
Black Diamond Knifeblade
Black Diamond
Knifeblade
Piton
$10 - $11
Black Diamond Lost Arrow
Black Diamond
Lost Arrow
Piton
$15 - $17
Black Diamond Micro Stoppers
Black Diamond
Micro Stoppers
Passive Protection Device
$11 - $87
Black Diamond Offset Micro Stopper
Black Diamond
Offset Micro Stopper
Passive Protection Device
$15 - $87
Black Diamond RURP
Black Diamond
RURP
Piton
$13 - $14
Black Diamond Spectre Ice Piton
Black Diamond
Spectre Ice Piton
Ice Screw
$34 - $39
Black Diamond Stopper
Black Diamond
Stopper
Passive Protection Device
$7 - $9
Black Diamond Stopper Set Classic No. 5-11
Black Diamond
Stopper Set Classic No. 5-11
Passive Protection Device
$54 - $63
Black Diamond Stopper Set No. 4-13
Black Diamond
Stopper Set No. 4-13
Passive Protection Device
$67 - $89
Black Diamond Stopper Set Pro No. 1-13
Black Diamond
Stopper Set Pro No. 1-13
Passive Protection Device
$98 - $114
Black Diamond Turbo
Black Diamond
Turbo
Ice Screw
$34 - $45
Black Diamond Turbo Express
Black Diamond
Turbo Express
Ice Screw
$60
Black Diamond Wired Hexentric
Black Diamond
Wired Hexentric
Passive Protection Device
$7 - $104
Brooks-Range BR Deadman
Brooks-Range
BR Deadman
Snow Anchor
CAMP Aluminum Circle Head
CAMP
Aluminum Circle Head
Passive Protection Device
$6
CAMP Aluminum Head
CAMP
Aluminum Head
Passive Protection Device
$6
CAMP Baby Angle
CAMP
Baby Angle
Piton
$10
CAMP Ball Nut
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
CAMP
Ball Nut
Camming Device
$28 - $39
CAMP Cassin Stream
CAMP
Cassin Stream
Ice Screw
$75
CAMP Copper Head
CAMP
Copper Head
Passive Protection Device
$7
CAMP Corner
CAMP
Corner
Piton
$10
CAMP Dyneema Carvex
CAMP
Dyneema Carvex
Passive Protection Device
$12 - $14
CAMP Dyneema Tricam
CAMP
Dyneema Tricam
Camming Device
$85 - $89
CAMP Nylon Tricam
CAMP
Nylon Tricam
Passive Protection Device
$16 - $119
CAMP Pro Nut
CAMP
Pro Nut
Passive Protection Device
$9 - $59
CAMP Radion
CAMP
Radion
Ice Screw
$80
 
CAMP
Scorpio V-Threader
Ice Screw
$18
CAMP Tricam
CAMP
Tricam
Camming Device
$14 - $119
CAMP Tricam Evo
CAMP
Tricam Evo
Camming Device
$25 - $94
CAMP Wired Carvex
CAMP
Wired Carvex
Passive Protection Device
$10
 
Cassin
Iron Hawk
Passive Protection Device
$10
Cassin Stream
Cassin
Stream
Ice Screw
$75
Cassin Turbo Stream
Cassin
Turbo Stream
Ice Screw
$64
CCH Alien
CCH
Alien
Camming Device
$68 - $79
DMM 4CU
DMM
4CU
Camming Device
$41
DMM Alloy Offsets
DMM
Alloy Offsets
Passive Protection Device
$15 - $69
DMM Brass I.M.P. Nut
DMM
Brass I.M.P. Nut
Passive Protection Device
$16 - $74
DMM Deadman
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
DMM
Deadman
Snow Anchor
$40
DMM Demon Cam
DMM
Demon Cam
Camming Device
$60 - $62
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