/ Black Diamond X4 - anyone seen them yet?
i'd bet on it now; they wont be as good (specifically as fexible, or as durable) as mastercams. and i'd be surprised if they were lighter.
If you'd actually read the (really very tedious) Supertopo thread about that you'd have found out that nobody has actually managed to make this happen, even on test rigs. Some guy thought he had, Metolius looked at his results, pointed out a problem with his testing kit, he fixed it and was then unable to replicate his original findings.
So I won't be losing any sleep about it (except to grieve for the hours of my life I wasted reading the whole thread).
i think it only happened to the smaller mastercams.
i have read the thread on supertopo(only after hearing about it happening to a real person),it was enough for me not to consider mastercams when replacing all my cams.
of course this is just my experience/opinion,we all have our own.
How did this guy know that this was the cause of the cam failing? It's difficult to imagine how you would know.
I'll take the opinion of some very boring guys with a test rig and waaaay too much time on their hands over some random dude.
But I respect your right to think otherwise.
I would vote for having 2 options 1, short sling like aliens and 2,60cm sling like the picture below.
next time I am in the States I am going to get these long slings for all my cams.
I have seen this video and was able to do it at home. The testing kit is a horozontal break and an edge. No special equipment required.
The mastercan is not a bad cam, it just has 3 problems.
1, Camming angle is to small so they get stuck all the time,
2, Salty air will seize them up,
3 The sling uis tiny so you have to add a draw for most placements.
I will start saving now to get a full set when there out. I was talking to my mates saying how i dont like any small cams at the moment. Was expecting dmm to realese something though...
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