Patented camming unit that utilizes the superior strength and stability of the tripod. The innovative design allows for use in cammed and chocked positions. Great for pockets, horizontal cracks and other unconventional placements.
Tricams with nylon slings are sold individually or in a set of four popular sizes (0.5 - 2.0). Dyneema Tricams are available in sizes 0.5 - 2.0.
FEATURES of the Camp USA Nylon Tricam
Two placement modes: active cam and passive chock
Works where nothing else can fit, such as solution pockets
Excellent in horizontal cracks
Stiffer sewing on the slings of sizes 0.125 â€“ 2.0 for easier one-handed placement and extraction
"Well Made, Durable, Mulitple Functions, Easy to Place"
These little guys are great! They can be placed in several different ways making them very versatile and valuable for the price. They can be placed in a caming manor as in the photo above. They can also be placed as nuts or stoppers and function very well as such. My only comment is that they are priced a little high. But then again, what else is priced high these days. Overall, very solid product and I highly recommend them. Especially for those new climbers just diving into the sport of traditional rock climbing.
Purchased an additional #2 for my dyneema set. It's a nut, a cam, a hex. I trust tricams to build anchors or escape rappels, self rescues and for toproping with my kids. I reccomend doing some bouldering and practicing placing these since they are a little floppy and not the quickest to place. As I said Tricams are my go to pro.
Learn how to place them and they will help you out where nothing else will. The pink one is the best. I haven't used the two smallest yet but I'm sure they will come in useful eventually! When I'm not climbing, I use them as wind chimes.
Dollar for dollar there is no piece of gear more versatile than the Tri-cam. It takes some finagling and getting used to but once you set one of these things you could take the crag down with you and it would hold. I have had to be mindful of how and where I place these based on who is following me. I try to get some of my friends out with me who aren't as experienced and find these harder for them to manage.
While I usually find myself reaching for an SLCD while on the sharp end, these certainly have their place on my rack. I have sizes 0.125, 0.25, 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2. The sizes bigger than these are less useful. While I have the nylon ones (which work perfectly fine), if I were to have to buy them again I would get the dyneema ones if only becuase they're cooler. I mainly use these for anchor building. They are very versatile and are a great inexpensive way to fill out a rack. When properly placed these are BOMBER!!
"Despite being new to placing gear, I felt super solid above these things!"
I picked up a #.5 and #1 nylon tricam back in November for my birthday and just got the chance to use them this past weekend. They were the first piece of gear that I placed on two out of three climbs, and I was only disappointed that I didn't have more to place! They cozied up into nice little spots in the horizontal cracks near the bottom of routes and would have been nice to have up where the cracks started flaring too! Only problem, as everyone else mentions, is that your second will bitch at you when cleaning them.
That's when you pull out your brown tri cam, sink it in the flare and take a nice calm deep breath. It seriously comes with me on every trad climb and I always end up using it. In fact all the small sizes are good, even if the strength ratings get pretty low in the smallest ones. The biggest sizes are clunky and look like they have the potenital to really clobber you in a big whipper and they're probably better left at home. If you're looking at a #4, check out a Trango Big Bro, they're the ticket in the big sizes.
"Terrific pieces, cary/place on every single climb"
This review is for the .25 black Tricam. This little guy is a beauty. Though tricams in general take some time getting used to, they are so versatile it's insane. This little black tricam is terrific, and when placed well doesn't move. However, please keep in mind it's only 5 KN when placed as a cam, so not all that much, good for a short leader fall, but not a huge whipper. Also, the chock mode on this cam is only 3 KN, body weight only folks, not ideal. Pros though are the fact that it serves the purpose of the tiny cams with only a tiny fraction of the weight. Highly recommended, just make sure you learn how to place them well. The Gunks were made for these.
I climb in the Gunks a lot and absolutely love tricams! They work so well in the horizontals! They do have a tendency to get set/stuck, but a little bit of levering with a nut tool will free them, ya just need a little practice. I love them, my seconds don't so much, but they get over it.
My name is ----- and am a Tricam-aholic. I love tricams. I had to get one of the new .125 tricams as soon as they came out, just like the trusty little pinky (.5) this little guy gets used allot. I highly recommend it, just watch as it isn't rated as high strength-wise, and does seem to set really hard.
Tricams are the most versatile and unique pro placements in my trad rack. Though they take a little bit of time to place, but they are bomber and less than half the price of SLCDs. These come in handy on solution pockets and horizontal cracks more than any other placement.