Metolius Power Cam – Rock Climbing Gear Review

Climbing Gear Rating: 9.6 – Excellent

Lightweight and affordable. The Metolius Power Cam is a great all-around cam that will work anywhere and every time.

Quality Ratings:

1. Price
10
Excellent
2. Weight
10
Excellent
3. Quality
10
Excellent
4. Functionality
8
Good
5. Features
10
Excellent
Total
9.6
Excellent

 
1. Price: Sizes 00 – 6 $56.50, sizes 7 & 8 $62.50

2. Weight: #00 1.6oz (45g), #3 3.0oz (88g), #8 5.3oz (150g)

3. Quality: High quality construction, milled cam stops and U-shaped body solid enough for life-long use.

4. Functionality: Holds well in hard rock with little “walking” even with intentional movement of the rope. Easy to place and inspect placement. Trigger mechanism isn’t very smooth.

5. Features: Color-coded Dyneema slings are lighter than nylon and & less bulky. Range Finder lets you know how solid placements are. Low profile cam lobes don’t catch on other gear or in tight squeezes.

THE GOOD
• A price that makes you think, “should I get 2 or 3?”
• Exceptional holding power
• Easy to place
• Low profile
• Range Finder (how did I live without it?)

THE BAD
The only feature that could be improved on this outstanding cam is that the trigger action is not as smooth as it is with other cams.

THE TEST
In hard rock like quartzite, this cam held solidly in place even when the rope was intentionally jerked around. In softer limestone, this piece performed flawlessly. Color-coded slings allowed for quick identification in a desperate moment, and the trigger bar is big enough for larger hands and fingers. The U-shaped stem was great for bypassing the attached Dyneema sling when clipping off short was necessary.

THE CONCLUSION
This cam is not only easy on the wallet, but it makes you wonder if they aren’t charging enough for this high quality piece of gear. Light weight and durable, the Metolius Power Cam will quickly become the most used cam on your rack!

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