Wild Country Helium Friends

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Weight 87 g / 3.07 oz 91 g / 3.21 oz 95 g - 3.35 oz 104 g / 3.67 oz 109 g / 3.84 oz 117 g / 4.13 oz 145 g / 5.11 oz 171 g / 6.03 oz 208 g / 7.34 oz

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Reviews

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These lightweight improvements on the original design…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

Summary

These lightweight improvements on the original design for spring loaded camming devices are great for trad, alpine, and beyond.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Long stems
  • Don't walk as much as double axle cams
  • More sizes for the weight

Cons

  • Doubled up colours are confusing
  • Too many people unfamiliar with single axle cams

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. Quartzite crack in particular I find this really handy.  

I always found, especially when I was starting out, that double axle cams walked a good deal. I am aware better placements avoid this, but even so I just like that I don't have to be quite as specific with single axle cams, particularly when I'm pumped.

The same goes for the debate regarding sizes. A full rack of Heliums weighs 30 grams more than a BD rack of equivalent size, however you get two extra cams for that. To me at least I prefer to have extras should they be needed for effectively the same weight. But I totally understand how that is more expensive, and less efficient. Preference is what it comes down to.

The chief downside that I have found is just that most people aren't used to the sizing. Where I climb most people used BD, which I don't mind, but am just not as fond of. Sadly all these people refuse to use my rack as they find it confusing. So normally it gets left behind, or I take my DMM Dragons

I do do have a couple with the new extendable slings. Love them. So handy in the alpine, and it's great when you can just pull the leash out rather than reach for a draw. 

Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for the cam review, Tam. Care to share some pictures of your Helium Friends for others to see?


10 months ago
Alicia TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for sharing a video of these in action, Tam!


5 months ago

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