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Micro cams group test montage  © Rebecca Ting

Group Test Micro Cams

Micro cams are among the most useful pieces of gear on a trad climber's rack. Having a tiny cam you can rely on to protect otherwise unprotectable sections of rock can make the difference between arriving at the top of your route... or at the bottom. However their tiny size makes them extra sensitive to the vagaries of camming devices - holdi...


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Camalot C4 montage  © Dan Bailey

Black Diamond Camalot C4

Martin McKenna was a fan of the previous version of the Camalot, so how does he rate the recent updates?

The ultimate test for a cam: polished Stoney limestone  © UKC Gear
The ultimate test for a cam: polished Stoney limestone  © UKC Gear

DMM Dragonfly Micro Cams

DMM's long-anticipated entry into the micro cam market was worth the wait, says Theo Moore

A solid Orange Totem  © UKC Gear
A solid Orange Totem  © UKC Gear

New Totem Cams: Black and Orange

In 2015 we gave Totem Cams a glowing write-up, praising in particular their high holding power and narrow head width. This review focuses on two new sizes at opposite ends of the range.

WC New Friends montage  © Simon Verspeak
WC New Friends montage  © Simon Verspeak

Wild Country - New Friends

Released in 2016, Wild Country's New Friends are the result of several decades of refinement on the iconic original. Over the last...

Triple Grip cam lobes give confidence-inspiring holding power  © Tim Neill
Triple Grip cam lobes give confidence-inspiring holding power  © Tim Neill

New Dragon Cams from DMM

With some key improvements on the previous model, the new Dragons take DMM's dual axle cam offering to new heights, reckons Tim Neill

Totem Cam vs. Dragon Cam Width  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
Totem Cam vs. Dragon Cam Width  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Group Test Camming Devices

Here we put all the top cams head to head in one massive review! Which cams have the largest range? Which are the lightest? Which...

The heads of the four sizes of Totem Basic Cams  © UKC Gear
The heads of the four sizes of Totem Basic Cams  © UKC Gear

Totem Basic Cams

Totem have revived the much-loved "Alien" - but with many newer micro-cams on the market do they still cut the...


Latest News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Full Set of Z4s  © Black Diamond

Black Diamond Camalot Z4s

Born from a heart-to-heart with our top trad-climbing BD Athletes Hazel Findlay, Carlo Traversi, Sam Elias, and Babsi Zangerl, the Camalot Z4 is the realization of a dream: to have a single-stem cam that stays rigid in-hand, but flexes ...

Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country
Zeros Matrimonio  © Wild Country

Wild Country Zero Friends

Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or pin scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures

#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond
#21 Camalot C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the #21 Camalot C4

BD Athlete Alex Honnold has never been a fan of wide cracks, or as he puts it a little more bluntly: "Offwidth climbing sucks". But even Honnold has to thrust his body into deep fissures from time to time: "Many of the most classic routes in the world,...

Wild Country Zero Friends comprehensively reviewed at Outside

New in at Outside, check out the latest tiny cams from Wild Country; a refined piece of gear...

Friends   © Wild Country
Friends   © Wild Country

Wild Country Friends, Technical Friends and Trigger Wire Repair Kit

Wild Country, the original creator of the Friends, have continued to innovate and create...

Big C4  © Black Diamond
Big C4  © Black Diamond

Introducing the new Camalot C4

Climbing protection has been a hallmark of BD innovation since the days of the original Hexentric® chocks that helped spawn...

WC Protection  © Wild Country
WC Protection  © Wild Country

Wild Country Passive Protection Range

Wild Country is one of the original creators of passive protections with its Classic Rocks. Continuing to innovate...


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