Metolius - Master Cams
Great little cams with narrow heads, making them them really good in the small sizes.
The trigger "wires" are in fact not made or wire but kevlar cord which lasts a lot better.
The bigger sizes are good for quarry shot holes (think "Master's Edge" at Millstone) as they are a lot narrower than the standard cam.
From size 2 upwards the Master Cams have a "range finder" which lets you know if you are using the correct size. Size the pictures on Metolius' web site for more details:
|Size||Colour||Strength (kN)||Range (mm)||
|00||Grey||5||8.5 - 12.0||45|
|0||Purple||5||10.0 - 15.0||45|
|1||Blue||8||12.5 - 18.0||52|
|2||Yellow||10||15.5 - 22.5||55|
|3||Orange||10||18.5 - 26.5||65|
|4||Red||10||23.5 - 33.5||75|
|5||Black||10||28.0 - 39.5||85|
|6||Green||10||32.5 - 48.0||96|
|7||Blue||10||40.0 - 57.5||112|
|8||Purple||10||48.5 - 71.5||129|
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If an archaeologist from the future found these, based upon the beauty of the engineering alone they would conclude that they were ritual objects denoting status among a priestly elite. They're pretty light too - this is probably the only real downside as you could easily end up with a lopsided harness if you had all your big cams on the opposite side. The wires on the triggers look like they would get in the way when bending in horizontal placements, but in practice they work really well and also help protect the stem. The only way to improve them might be knurling the threaded insert they use to block the hole on the thumb press and maybe hot forging the cam lobes (they are probably light enough as it is!). All in all really rather good! (sizes 00-4 tested)
I kept finding on local limestone climbs that I wanted a cam smaller than my number 1 Wild Country Helium. I opted for the size 1 master cam (blue) and over the past few months its become my favourite cam! Since purchasing it, its been used on every trad outing and almost every trad climb. I nearly always find a place for it. It seems to consistently place securely without fuss and I like the neat single stem design. I've tried other small master cams and like them too. I haven't used the bigger ones but after trying them out in the shop, I think there are other cams I prefer in the bigger sizes. I would highly recommend the smaller ones though.