Rock Empire Robot Cam
While these cams do not have the range per piece (or…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 for set of 8
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 would have 2-3 competitors' cams.
- Small range
For the climber on a very tight budget, this is a great set of cams to consider. You can get a decent set of eight cams from .25 in to 5 in for about $150, depending on the deals on the Rock Empire site or good fortune on ebay. For that money you would only get 2-3 pieces from a competitor. If you can't afford a full set of cams this might be your only option besides getting (heavily) used cams.
Rock Empire Robots are heavier and have a smaller range than others, compared to BD C4s I have used they do not place as well and are not as easy to retrieve as a second. They are very durable though, and though I have not tried it, it appears that the cam lobes can be taken apart with an allen wrench and cleaned. The pull cables are very durable wires as well.