Wild Country Helium Friend
5 out of 5 based on 2 user reviews.
|I think these cams close the gap on the classic cam range vs. weight debate. Their useful range is very near the BD's, but they feel much lighter and have more overlap. |
I can't tell you how many times I've been 3/4 of the way up a long pitch and I need a cam somewhere between a #2 and #3 BD, but damn...I've already placed them down low. Even though the topo called for just a single set to #3, I really need another piece or two for active pro. Well, with Friends on the rack the #2.5 will come in real handy.
If you're starting with a single set of cams, get these. For a second set, you could consider a different brand, but I prefer to have consistency in my rack rather than a hodgepodge of gear collected over time.
Gets me stoked for trad climbing!
Another point: as far as I know, these are made in the UK. The UK has way better labor laws, working conditions etc. than China....ahem...black diamond stuff is almost all made in China now
|Lightweight, long stem, fits the range gap between BD C4s perfectly. I don't care what anyone says, I don't like climbing above a tipped out cam, and I don't like overcamming to get one to fit. These babies fit perfectly in between. For example, the purple 3.5 fits perfectly between a tipped out #2 Camalot and an overcammed #3 Camalot.|
Single axle, but no biggie. The "extra" expansion you get from a double axle cam is overplayed anyway. There isn't all that much range when placed ideally.