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Which cam for which rock?


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Ryan · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 5

Are certain cams (with their various camming angles, stiffness, head width, smooth vs ridged lobes, etc.) better for certain rock types?  

Luc-514 · · Montreal, Quebec · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 9,245

Gunks = Pink & red Tri-cams

Matt Zia · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Mar 2012 · Points: 142

Metolius Fat Cams are great for desert splitters, but pretty much unnecessary anywhere else.  

ClimbingOn · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 405

The most important characteristic, which you left out, is the hardness of the aluminum in the lobes. Aliens have softer "sticky" aluminum which, combined with their narrow head and overall design, make them indispensable for granite, particularly granite with pin scars such as Yosemite.

Overall, "area specific" gear/racks are almost entirely a myth. Yes, in Indian Creek you will need a massive number of cams. Everywhere else, a standard rack will be fine and brand does not matter.

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