Metolius Ultralight TCU

Metolius Ultralight TCU is rated 4.590909090909091 out of 5 by 22.
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Product Description Item No.   10021963

TCUs by Metolius are great for both alpine and free climbing where weight is a critical factor. Aid climbers also love 'em because their narrow head width allows them to fit so many placements that other cams won't, like shallow seams, pockets and pin scars. Now with the Range Finder feedback system, they are easier and safer to place than ever! The stainless steel, U-shaped body offers greater durability than single-stem units and unparalleled control during placement and retraction. As with all Metolius cams, the design is focused on holding power. Metolius TCUs are a must-have for any climber's rack!By going direct to the axle (D.A.T.) Metolius has made the world's best selling mini cam even lighter and more versatile. This new technology makes the TCU's the lightest units in the world, opens up a myriad of placement options and makes placement easier. The design is focused on holding power, and it does this with the optimized cam angle for more outward force and wider cam faces for more grip. The Range Finder system makes them easier and safer to place than ever. A must have piece for free climbing, aid routes and alpine climbing.

FEATURES of the Metolius Ultralight TCU

  • The world's best-selling mini cam
  • Narrow head width for the most placement options
  • Direct Axle Technology (DAT) makes Ultralight TCUs the lightest cams in the world
  • DAT allows for more placement options in shallow, narrow, or bottoming placements
  • DAT makes tricky placements easier due to better cam lobe visibility, especially in the small sizes
  • 13 mm (0.51") Monster Sling webbing (36% Dyneema/64% nylon)
  • Range Finder tells you at a glance if you've chosen the right size cam for the placement
  • Optimized cam angle for increased holding power
  • Wider cam faces for more grip
  • U-shaped body for greater durability and unparalleled control during placement and retraction
  • Machined cam stops
  • Color-coded sewn slings and tubing
  • CNC machined for much greater precision than stamped or extruded cams
  • 7075-T6 aluminum
  • CE/UIAA certified
  • Hand built, inspected and individually tested to 1/2 its rated strength in Bend, Oregon

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from cheaper and almost as good as C3's Cheapest of the mini's and work great. However, if you have large fat fingers don't get these, they are designed for people with very small (skinny) fingers and or children J/k! But seriously if you have any doubts go in and play with em first. Also a word of caution about the range finder system. If you get into the green zone and your cam walks at all you may be looking at a lost cam or 10 minutes with a nut tool trying to get that guy unstuck. Otherwise I think that they hold really well, and I have personally taken a decent fall on the orange one, so i can vouch for it at the very least.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Protection! The design may be old, but it still works great. These things rock because of just how light they are. They are the first pieces of gear I bring when I plan on anything Alpine related. Even with the U shaped body, they fit into small cracks really well. They aren't the best for aiding however, they will work for great too. They are also confidence inspiring and when you tug on one it is obvious it ain't going anywhere. Only thing to remember is that the slings they have are short. Just extend them like you would most other cams and they shouldn't walk too bad.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Preferred Small Pro These are hands-down the best small cams on the market. Three lobes means you have options for getting them into some funky placements, and the stiff stem allows you to finagle the thing up around and behind constrictions, similar to placing a nut. The stiff stem also makes them relatively easy to remove. And the ultralights are significantly lighter than the older model. At 50, they are cheaper than aliens or C3's. In my opinion, Metolius TCUs from gray to orange then BD camalots from .75 on up makes a killer rack.
Date published: 2007-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Protection for lightwieight minded folks A great many people will nitpick these things to death. However, they are great when used properly. They are super lightweight, solid construction and bomber in on rock. Some people cite their ability to walk and their short slings as complaints. Don't listen to em. They're cheap and very reliable when properly placed. I've taken mean lead falls on these babies down to size 2 and I definitely trust them. The 00 is the smallest piece in the lineup, good for about a 3,4 or 5 nut sized placement.
Date published: 2009-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number 1. I could use 3-4 of you on my rack. Perfect I use these little guys almost every route I climb. Use the on almost every anchor that needs some pro. Sent a climb in CT yesterday and used 1-4 more than once. The design is simple and very effective. If you have giant paws, it may be a little difficult to set and clean but that never stopped you did it? If you don't have them... find a friend and try em out. Then go out and get a pretty set of them. If you buy em and don't like them. Give them to me.
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great small range cams I own 00-3 and love these for narrow placements. The trigger is much smoother than the C3s and these tend to be a bit more stable in vertical placements. They are cheaper than the C3s, lighter, and have larger ranges in most of the smaller sizes. I don't like anything larger than a 3 since they tend to walk more in flaring cracks as compared to C4s, Aliens, and Power cams, but the TCU is one of the best for really thin protection.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great on the small sizes, but larger tend to jam easily I have a mixed rack of cams, but I use a 1 Metolius and simply love it. I have had no problems with it and tend to use nuts more when a smaller size of trad gear is needed. I have heard from some of my buddies that the larger Metolius cams can have problems with jamming due to their shape...I have never had this problem but I use trango and black diamond cams for larger sizes normal. Overall its you can't go wrong!
Date published: 2008-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing My first experience with these cams was incredible. They work like a charm everytime, especially the Orange one. The color coating placement scheme is useful for beginning trad climbers and they are very easy to place, although a bit harder to remove due to the design of the trigger in relation to the stem. Overall, I would totally recommend these cams to others for a durable piece of pro that works well in any rack.
Date published: 2014-07-09
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