In 1977, the world was introduced to the first active-protection devices and ever since, protecting hard climbs hasn’t been the same. Although many companies have entered into the market with their own versions of the original design, there hasn’t really been a big jump in camming technology since that first offering almost thirty years ago. Take a look at what a true leap forward finally looks like … The Omega Pacific Link Cam. It’s a revolutionary concept from legendary Greg Lowe and operates on the simple design that a cam lobe can be trisected and linked so that as the cam is retracted, the lobe unfolds and permits an amazing range for a unit of its size. Utilizing a reliable, single-axle design, our cam lobes substantially exceed the closest competition’s range. With a camming ratio of over 2.5:1, there’s nothing close to the Link Cam on the market today. The Link Cam #1, for instance, covers the same range as up to four of our competitors cams! That extended range means you can leave the ground with fewer pieces on your rack. No more doubling up on pieces you think you “might” need if you’re unsure where, exactly, you’ll need doubles of one particular piece. For backcountry climbers, it means packing in less gear. For relatively easy routes requiring only a few pieces here and there, Link Cams will be the odds-on favorite. And as a “crux piece” there’s nothing like it: pumped, arms failing, not-really-in-the-mood-to-fiddle-with-gear … grab your Link Cam. Place it. Relax. Mechanically-speaking, Link Cams are as innovative as the concept behind their design. Built with a hybrid blend of materials and advanced MIM process, Link Cams are the most sophisticated and modern camming devices in the world. The two, inner links on each lobe unit are built with a very new (and very expensive) process known as Metal-Injection-Molding which permits us to create detailed, precision pieces with the strength of machined parts and are made from 17-4 aircraft stainless steel. The outer link is machined from 7000-series aluminum alloy. Other benefits abound:
- With a constant cam angle of 13.5°, we achieve our range without sacrificing holding power.
- With the increased surface contact between the retracted cam links and the rock, Link Cams tend to “walk” less than other units.
- The unique range eliminates the need for specialized, “offset cams” for flared-crack protection.
- The range of Link Cams provides a greater margin of safety for “plug and go” placements.
- Minimize the time spent fooling with gear—Link Cams are a perfect fit!
- For Big Wall speed ascents, attach Link Cams to aiders and see how much time you trim! New Small cam sizes available summer 2008.
- Weight 1: 176 grams
- Weight 2: 207 grams
- Strength: 14kN
- CE Certified