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With the Supercam, Metolius has gone back to the drawing board! With two years of painstaking effort, we revisited all the design assumptions that have been built into camming devices for the last 30 years. We've designed a new generation of extended-range cams, and they are improved in every way! The Supercam has extended the camming range well past that available with other designs while still retaining the increased holding power and safety that can only be achieved with the smaller cam angle of 13.25°. This safer cam angle increases the outward force by a critical 10% over other brands with larger cam angles. The cam faces have more than 30% extra contact surface compared to other brands, making rock fracture much less likely. Our new aggressive, ratchet-style (Shark Fin) tooth pattern helps to set the cam during the initial load up event of a fall. The Supercam is a perfect example of our underlying design philosophy: safety, simplicity, reliability and long-term performance.
The magic in this design relies upon the simple concept of its asymmetry. The smaller-side cam lobes pass within the arc drawn by the larger side, allowing us to use the previously unused portion of the cam's spiral. We also feel that this revolutionary new design increases overall cam stability in these notoriously unstable large sizes.
We also include the Range Finder coding system which tells you at a glance whether or not you've chosen the optimum size cam for the placement. This is an especially helpful tool for climbers just learning the art of gear placement.
All this is held in our lightweight and flexible U-shaped framework for greater durability and unparalleled control during placement and retraction. We invented machined, high-strength cam stops and they are standard issue on our Supercams along with color-coded slings and tubing for quick identification. One pull of the trigger and you will begin to understand the magic that is the SUPERCAM!
SUPERCAM's are distributed in the UK by Beyond Hope, www.prana-metolius.co.uk. The sizes small and medium are available now, the large later in the year.
Read a review by Dave Westlake here.
"The other key difference lies in the trigger mechanism. Instead of the classic wire design, Metolius have used what they call “soft wire” – thin kevlar cord wrapped around the axle to pull the smaller pair of cams further than the larger pair. This has the advantages of being light, strong and easily field maintainable – worth knowing if you're heading away on a long trip.
The effect of this is that a much greater range is achieved - reflected by the fact that there are only 3 sizes – small, medium and large. The three options cover an enormous range of sizes."
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