/ Tri cams for winter
They're great in icy cracks and just in general, I use the cheap Viamont tri-cams which unfortunately can't really be placed passively due to the orientation of the wire, but I rarely feel bad about hammering the crap out of them.
The wired Viamont cams can be a little fiddly to place with big gloves, especially the smaller sizes and I can't speak for Camp tri-cams, although they have the added benefit of being designed to be placed passively too!
There's also something satisfyingly comforting about a well set tricam.
Camp tri-cams are great. They can be very reliable where nothing else will work (usually icy parallel cracks). Worth still taking a few cams though.
They are fiddly to place but definitely worthwhile.
As mike has mentioned, you'll get great placements with them that you won't get with any other piece of kit! First bit of kit on my winter rack.
more versatile & cheaper than cams, tho I'll pgobably get lynched for saying so!! ;-)
Tri cams are excellent - especially when stiffened so they can be placed one-handed.
Elsewhere on the site
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are... Read more
Skiing Baffin’s couloirs has been on my to do list ever since I saw Andrew McLean and Brad Barlage’s inspirational... Read more
The Kendal Mountain Festival 2014 proved once again to be a busy and inspiring four days of films, photos, music, art... Read more
The Women's Mountain Equipment Cho Oyu Jacket is the perfect choice for female mountaineers an explorers who... Read more
2012 saw the release of the beautiful first volume of definitive Yorkshire Gritstone climbing, produced by the YMC with Robin... Read more
Backpackers want an extremely liveable and lightweight tent at good price. MSR answers the call with the Elixir 2 tent and... Read more