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asaph


Feb 5, 2003, 10:18 AM
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I spent a good deal of time last night wading through the forum archives about tricams and it made me want to buy some... I figure I'll start with the first three sizes (.5, 1.0, 1.5) but what I want to know is where the best prices are? I just bought a rope, helmet, 2 guide books, some QD's and a set of nuts... That all cost me roughly 280-300 so i'm on a rather tight budget... any help?


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If you look, you will see that there are some threads around here on price fixing. There is less range in prices than there used to be.

Those 3 smallest tricams are fairly cheap (compared to cams anyway). So you won't be able to save much by shopping around.


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Feb 6, 2003, 8:06 PM
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www.gearexpress.com has a great price for a set of six of the smallest sizes. I just bought some. Check them out


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If I were you, I might think about the .5 .75 and the 1. I find that the 1 works really well for a lot of routes, but I use the .75 and the .5 way more than i do the 1.5. Just an idea, and as everyone has said prices are about the same. I had to leave a #1 at T-wall last weekend and have been looking to replace it. Basically same price everywhere.


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I agree, I tend to use the medium sizes more than anything. If there is a wide crack I tend to prefer the large tricams over camalots..I usually use nuts or hexes over the small tricams...the only downfall..they sound like cowbells.


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Feb 8, 2003, 8:22 AM
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erbmusic, no disrespect dude, but I think you might be slightly confused. This thread is about Camp's Tricams, not about BD Camalot's. I'm fairly certain Tricams do not come in a '.75' size. They come in half sizes. The pink is the smallest, it's .5, the next size is 1.0, then 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, etc.
In my experience, the first 5 or 6 are the most useful. The smaller ones are great. I've used the first two in some really neat placements. They can make great upward-pull pieces for an anchor in a horizontal crack and since they are slung with webbing, they don't have some of the issues you would with a wired hex/cam.
I think I saw a fairly good price on them at Camp's website once. Don't get them from REI though, you can find a better deal on them elsewhere.

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clymber


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If i were you i would double up on the pinky also.Thats the .5 they are great piece of gear and one you get comfy using them they will be even better. They even work good passively


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I have a full set of the smaller ones (.5 - 2.5) and doubles of the .5(pink) and 1(red). I can't count how many times I've climbed out and used all of my doubles.



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*just ordered his.

No i realy just did.


ricardol


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i've got the first 5 tricams .. (up to 2.5) .. and i place the 2.5 or 2.0 on almost every single pitch i lead ..

(i also manage to place at least 2 of the smallest 3) ..

they are great when you have a good stance and need bomber pro .. (anchor building) .. it takes me a bit more time to place a camming tri-cam, but when i do, i feel very protected.

-- ricardo


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Feb 11, 2003, 2:31 AM
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I try to place my #7 whenever I can, makes me feel safe

Rick


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Feb 13, 2003, 10:21 PM
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One of my new climbing partners and I have four pink tricams between the two of us. (WE ARE SO LUCKY!) We are starting to compete on who can place the MOST PINK TRICAMS in good placements on multipitch climbs.

I think I will kick his ass, as I was trained in the Gunks!


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Tricams aka "Babe magnets"
killer devices, work great in lots of situations, sweet in general.


flagstaff_climber


Feb 13, 2003, 11:22 PM
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I agree with the utility of Tricams but am curious as to why they would be "Babe magnets" ?

Rick


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