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4.5 out of 5 based on 48 user reviews.

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Review by marks on Mar. 31, 2007
These babies slide right into horizontal cracks where only cams can normally protect at a fraction of the weight or the cost. They can also protect pockets. I recommend the smallest sizes.
They are not appropriate for every where. Talk to your local climbers to see if these guys are appropriate. People tend to either love tricams are never use them.

Cred: 507
Review by IanW1960 on Sep. 14, 2008
Brilliant. Lightweight, easy to place, and able to find a home in the most unlikely places. The little tri-cams are the most under-rated piece of climbing kit going around.
The big tr-cams are heavy and not as secure when placed.

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Review by jonnymtman on Nov. 06, 2010
These beat SLCD (cams) in vertical cracks and pockets due to the completely flexible sling as apposed to semi-flexible stem of a cam. Plus weight and price shaving compared to cams. Smallest sizes are the most useful, I use pink on almost ever route in eldo.
The must be set carefully or the could giggle loose
No other options

Cred: 1096
Review by jeepnphreak on Dec. 21, 2010
Awesome in horizontals and pockets.
Unique in that they are passive and active. They have there uses but not for every route out there. I save them for specific routes
Take some fiddling with and don't always place the fastest.

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Review by MikePB on Feb. 27, 2011
A must have for New England Climbing. If you are climbing Whitehorse they are required. Fits were other will not. I would only get the smaller sizes.
Not as fast placement as cams. Tags wear off in about 2 seconds.

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Review by stephen on May. 12, 2011
i recently bought the 1-4 set of these and it cost me what it would for a single SLCD! these things are also lightweight.
not as strong in the passive placement. for example, the # .5 is 11KN in active placement and 6KN in passive placement.

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Review by rondo.bauer on Apr. 03, 2008
There is nothing like placing a solid tricam into a placement that otherwise might be unprotectable. These babies exude confidence and I don't ever leave them behind.
Learn how to place them while your feet are still on the ground. Placing them actively requires an understanding of how they work.
Nothing can be considered a good alternative to these wonderful pieces of pro.

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Review by galong on Dec. 30, 2010
I live in southern Thailand and thus climb limestone almost exclusively. These are about the best gear possible for this rock. They stick well and fit well. They're light and definitely affordable. I have several of each of the smaller sizes as small cracks and pockets dominate limestone.
Sometimes they can get stuck in weird positions and be difficult to clean, but this could happen to any pro.
Certain types of nuts work well in limestone too. I wouldn't call them an alternative, but I would call them an addition. Lowe Ballz and Ball Nuts are a nice alternative, but a lot more pricey.

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Review by JacksonLandFill on Jul. 09, 2013
Dyneema set plus an extra 2 blue and 6&7 yellow.. I always look down for a tri cam. Horizontals are awesome. Parallel veritcal cracks take these well. The 6 and 7 are crazy big but still work well for anchors and 2nd pitches (if you've got the cracks for them!). Goes where the cams do and don't
floppy. work on placements while on the ground or place while TR to get the hang of it.
BD hexcentrics are close, Metolius curved hexes are less close.

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Review by checkpositive001 on Jan. 12, 2008
They work in lots of awkward spots where its hard to make a good cam placement.
They are tricky to place, especially if you've only got one hand free.

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Review by climbandkayak on May. 11, 2008
I've recently become a believer. They're cheap, light, don't take up much rack space, and fit where nits and cams don't. Get the .5 and 1.

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Review by fb_775474335 on Jun. 23, 2008
Rock solid and useful, haven't placed them much but do like them.
One of them is pink, that's the worst thing I can say.

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Review by Fushyuguru on Nov. 10, 2008
Super Versatile, Get Pinks for Gunks!
Tricky for First Timers, Odd Webbing for a Couple Years There...

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Review by livextreme41 on Sep. 09, 2009
any time any where (mostly). They fit in so many placements and cover such a wide range with little weight and much less expensive than cams. What else protects in pockets?

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Review by Ammmy on Apr. 05, 2008
Fit places were it seems like nothing else can. great for horizontals. can be placed passive or active. Fairly cheap.
Make sure the person following you knows how to clean tricams, haha
cant wait for the two new sizes!

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Review by fb_1068828154 on Apr. 15, 2008
They do their job and find their way to my gear loops pretty often. My first ever trad fall was on a black tri-cam in a dubious placement, and I've been a big fan ever since.
You have to make sure they settle well when placing them in the camming mode.

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Review by mfrench on Oct. 27, 2008
Wouldn't dream of leaving the ground without them. Incredibly versatile.
Just need to make sure that you're really comfortable with your tri-cam may occasionally need to build an opposing placement to keep the piece cammed but they usually set right into the rock and hold forever, then pop right out without any trouble when you want to clean them.

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Review by fb_29707558 on Jan. 21, 2008
Great for horizontal cracks, such as the eyebrows at looking glass rock, NC. Strong, oldschool, and cool.
Not as versatile as a cam, but works better sometimes, so many times they get left home.

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Review by ndonaldj on Mar. 29, 2012
Tricky little creations. I know a guy who takes a couple of these caving with him in case he wants to go check out a lead.

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Review by genghis on Aug. 12, 2012
Great piece of gear to have. I love these little guys and they sure beat carrying around a bunch of cow bells or extra cams to augment a rack without adding a ton of weight.

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Review by justinwbono on Sep. 19, 2009
bomber feel when placed correctly. fit in places other camming devices fail. no moving parts to break or worry about.
not as easy to use as a cam at first but with practice they become easier.

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Review by Flymx23 on Mar. 26, 2010
Awesome piece of gear. Really need to know how to use it before you get high up on the wall.
Tricky to take out.

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Review by fb_12711439 on Mar. 25, 2008
both active and passive, very versatile
be wary of learning how to place them

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Review by [email protected] on Apr. 24, 2010
super versatile. Can come in handy to protect pockets when cracks aren't available.

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Review by acnthxyl on Aug. 09, 2011
Great for use at the Gunks, where there is a bunch of horizontals that take these up easily. Easy to place once you know how to.
May be tricky for your follower to remove if inexperienced.

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Review by lumineferusother on Jun. 25, 2008
One of the greatest inventions for Trad climbing

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Review by MicheleJ67 on Aug. 03, 2008
Once placed, solid protection. I love them.
Hard to clean, can be hard to place.

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Review by chadtchris on Mar. 18, 2011
work amazingly
takes more skill to place effectivly

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Review by fb_14818194 on Jan. 16, 2008
awesome peices
for some placements .. there are no alternatives

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Review by fb_164100984 on Jan. 22, 2008
Haven't placed gear yet, but the boy likes them and it's nice to have doubles on trips

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Review by fb_605860537 on Mar. 31, 2008
when nothing else fits these babys do

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Review by Hirvimaki on Jul. 04, 2008
Easy to get solid placement in horizontal cracks

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Review by Grivel G12 on Aug. 08, 2008
Good versatility of placements, light weight, cost effective

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Review by Regoldstein on Sep. 28, 2011
Fit some placements where slcd will not work. Great for horizontal cracks.
Can be hard to clean

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Review by fb_5800777 on Jan. 18, 2008
a must for any rack

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Review by fb_14222531 on Jan. 18, 2008
cheap, easy to use, indispensible on some climbs

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Review by fb_11322771 on Jan. 20, 2008
Just plain solid

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Review by climbercam on Feb. 26, 2008
Takes lots of practice to place quickly.

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Review by fb_742853051 on Feb. 27, 2008
Haven't got much use out of them

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Review by joemo304 on Jun. 26, 2008
They stick in cracks...
They stick in cracks...

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Review by skillet on Sep. 04, 2008
great for the gunks, light

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Review by diebetes on Oct. 07, 2008
The pink and red!

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Review by fb_43800727 on Jan. 21, 2008

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Review by dvsbenz on Apr. 10, 2008

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Review by mountain_racer on Apr. 15, 2008

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Review by fb_1058925602 on May. 06, 2008
Easy to set

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Review by Delta V on Sep. 25, 2008
Go 'lil pink!

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Review by superguide on Feb. 19, 2009
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