Rock Empire Robot Cam
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.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 for set of 8
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