47 years ago Ray Jardine created the first prototype camming device, nicknamed Friends, they changed the way people climbed and expanded the horizon for protecting hard rock routes forever. Fast forward to 2002 and the first generation of Zero Friends was introduced to the world. At the time it was the worlds smallest camming device with the infamous purple being able to enter a minuscule 5.5mm crack.
Coming into 2020 Wild Country has reworked the Zero Friends and brought us a new design on a classic idea. They don't go as small as the originals but are all fully usable when climbing free*. Wild Country has this to say about them;
Introducing the new Zeros for solid holding power in small placements. The ultimate weapon for thin cracks, pockets or peg scars on cutting-edge climbs and extreme adventures. This micro version of the iconic Friend has one of the narrowest heads on the market, which means it fits nicely in shallower grooves with its slightly adapted version of the definitive (13.75°) constant camming angle.
On the 0.1, the head is just 27.9 mm, while the 0.2 is only 29.2 mm. Engineered with a single axle, stainless steel termination swage, and one of the best expansion ranges going, it comes in six sizes for simpler racking and faster selection. We machine the hot-forged, raw-finish, aluminium alloy lobes with a radical design to ensure maximum rated strength values, minimum weight and reduced walking.
The strong steel cable that makes up the single flexistem is encased in flexible armoured metal plates, an innovative design that offers enhanced protection and yet still bends effectively to accommodate downward pull in a horizontal placement.
The easy-grab ergonomic thumb loop of our guided trigger system allows confident triggering with minimal flex, essential for accurate placement and removal. The thumb loop is also a boon to aid climbers, offering an easy place to clip etriers, daisies or fifis.
The extendable Dyneema sewn sling gives you more flexibility in use and means you can reduce the number of quick draws on your rack. Its semi-rigid nature also means it stays open for easy access.
This is cutting-edge design in practise. Faster, smoother, narrower and lighter to use with a highquality machined finish. Welcome to the new go-to micro cam for aid or free climbing.
*Original zero 1 and 2 were rated as progression equipment and cannot be recommended for free climbing
- Narrow Head
- High-Friction Machined Cam Faces
- Stem Protection With Spring
- Armoured Metal Plates
- Effective Flexible Stem
- Ergonomic Floating Trigger Design
- Strong Lightweight Design
- Ergonomic Thumb Loop
- 10 Mm Dyneema Extendable Sling